Engineers Fall In First Two Contests Of Season

Engineers Fall In First Two Contests Of Season

Nov. 21, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT squash team kicked off the season with an 8-1 loss to a deeper, more experienced Wesleyan squad on Friday night. The Engineers' only victory came at the hands of senior captain Nadeem Mazen, who defeated Wesleyan's Andrew Rozas in four sets (No.2), 9-2, 10-8, 6-9, 9-3. Wesleyan, ranked 24th nationally, took the other eight games. On Saturday, MIT fell to Bates College, 9-0.


Duncan Ma (No.1) and Ashwin Deshpande at (No.3) turned in their poorest performances in an intercollegiate match in three years against Wesleyan. At the bottom of the ladder MIT lost four matches 3-0. Junior Jehan Rakesh deFonseka (No.6), freshman Saad Zaheer (No.7), sophomore Jonathan Fu (No.8), and sophomore David Baumgartner (No.9) were beaten soundly by more experienced Wesleyan players.

Three other matches were much closer. Freshman Justin Stilwell showed composure under fire in his 3-1 loss (No.4). In an exhibition match (No.10), freshman Balaji Sridhar lost by just two points in the fifth game. Senior Christopher Buenrostro (No.5) lost a squeaker 3-2. Despite the loss, in only his second year playing squash, Buenrostro was extremely competitive.

The most unusual ruling occurred in freshman Saad Zaheer's match (No.7). Saad, playing very athletically, dove for a ball and hit a 'winner'. Unfortunately, his shoe came off in the dive and his opponent was awarded the point.


Against Bates College on Saturday, Nadeem Mazen was the only Engineer to put up a battle. He fell to Sean Wilkinson 9-5, 9-6, 9-0. Three of MIT's nine players did not record a point in their entire match.


The Engineers will look to pick up their first victory of the season when they host Colby College on December 4. Action is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.



Wesleyan College vs. MIT (11/18)
Final Team Score: Wesleyan 8, MIT 1



1. Evan Lodge (W) def. Duncan Ma (M), 9-0, 9-1, 9-6
2. Nadeem Mazen (M) def. Andrew Rozas (W), 9-2, 10-8, 6-9, 9-3
3. Andrew Aylward (W) def. Ashwin Deshpande (M), 9-4, 9-5, 1-9, 9-3
4. Dylan Rao (W) def. Justin Stilwell (M), 10-8, 9-6, 8-10, 9-2
5. Lonni Gibbs (W) def. Chris Buenrostro (M), 10-8, 9-6, 8-10, 9-2
6. Ian Cabone (W) def. Jehan DeFonseka (M), 9-6, 9-1, 9-3

7. J.Z. Golden (W) def. Saad Zaheer (M), 9-3, 9-1, 9-7
8. Ben McBarnes (W) def. Jonathan Fu (M), 9-4, 9-0, 9-0
9. Pee Sikouz (W) def. David Baumgartner (M), 9-4, 9-1, 9-3

10. Jake Cuttler (W) def. Balaji Sridhar (M), 9-1, 7-9, 9-6, 7-9, 9-6



Bates vs. MIT (11/19)
Final Team Score: Bates 9, MIT 0



1. Ricky Weisskopf (B) def. Duncan Ma (M), 9-1, 9-2, 9-0

2. Sean Wilkinson (B) def. Nadeem Mazen (M), 9-5, 9-6, 9-0

3. Jamie White (B) def. Ashwin Deshpande (M), 9-0, 9-0, 9-1

4. Peter Goldsborough def. Justin Stilwell (M), 9-3, 9-4, 9-1

5. Chip Russell (B) def. Chris Buenrostro (M), 9-0, 9-0, 9-0

6. Charlie Johnson (B) def. Jehan DeFonseka (M), 9-2, 9-0, 9-2

7. Marc Taggart (B) def. Saad Zaheer (M), 9-0, 9-0, 9-0

8. Guillermo Moronta (B) def. Jonathan Fu (M), 9-0, 9-2, 9-0

9. Deacon Chapin (B) def. David Baumgartner (M), 9-0, 9-0, 9-0

10. Rob Muncro (B) def. Balaji Sridhar (M), 9-2, 9-0, 9-0