BOSTON, Mass. – MIT's squash team opened the 2013-14 season on the road, winning against Boston University by a score of 5-4 on Thursday evening. In a series that only dates back to 2011, the Engineers have a 4-1 edge.
Tech controlled the top half of the ladder, dropping just one match in the first five spots, while Boston University swept all but one of the remaining four matches, which helped the Cardinal and Gray clinch the win.
Playing in the top spot for the first time in his collegiate career was freshman Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.), who won by forfeit against Ben Bunjapamai. Fellow freshman Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) easily earned the win against Lu Quan Tan at the No. 2 position, 11-1, 11-4, 11-3, and junior David Bian (Austin, Texas) knocked off Allan Chan at No. 4 by a score of 11-6, 11-6, 11-4.
Sophomore Marina Crowe (Wayland, Mass.) put up a fight against Chris Schwagerl at No. 6, taking two games, but ultimately fell in five. Each game was extremely close, with the score always being within two points at its conclusion. Senior Abhi Mitra (Medford, Mass.) won against Zeemo Kim in the No. 7 spot, winning the first, third and fourth sets, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 and dropping the second, 11-9.
MIT will next travel to Northeastern University tomorrow, Nov. 8 for a contest that will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Engineers will then host their first home match of the season, welcoming Boston College to campus on Saturday, Nov. 9 for a 10:00 a.m. start.