- Score: No. 20 MIT 5, No. 24 Bowdoin College 4
- Records: No. 20 MIT (15-2), No. 24 Bowdoin College (3-8)
- Location: Brunswick, Maine (Lubin Squash Center)
- The Lead: For only the second time in program history and the second time in as many years, the No. 20 nationally-ranked MIT squash team reached the 15-win mark after defeating No. 24 Bowdoin College, 5-4, on Friday afternoon inside the Lubin Squash Center. The Engineers played a back-and-forth contest with the Polar Bears, which saw five of the nine points go to more than three sets, ultimately leaving MIT on top.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) earned 3-1 victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively. Finkelstein claimed his match over sophomore Satya Butler 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, while Kukadia defeated freshman James Paolella 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-3.
- Freshman Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) and classmate Avery Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) both earned points towards MIT's final score after falling behind 0-1 after the first set. Das, who played the only five set match of the contest, came from a set down to defeat junior George Cooley 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7 at the No. 6 position, while Lamp claimed an 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 over freshman Tyler Shonrock at the No. 7 position.
- Freshman Wonjune Kang (Seoul, South Korea) earned the only sweep for the Engineers in the match as he won 11-5, 11-7, 11-1 over Arjun Dravid at the No. 9 position.
- In exhibition play, sophomore Elizabeth Wei (Seattle, Wash.) defeated freshman Travis Rose 11-5, 11-7, 11-1, while freshman Andrew Lu (Brookline, Mass.) won 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 over freshman Sam Halpert.
- MIT continues its trip in Maine tomorrow against a pair of nationally-ranked opponents. The Engineers will open with an 11:00 a.m. match at No. 22 Colby College before heading to No. 16 Bates College at 4:00 p.m.
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No. 20 Squash Keeps On Rolling With 5-4 Victory Over No. 24 Bowdoin