CHAMPIONS! MIT Squash Tops Brown To Win Program's First Summers Cup Title

CHAMPIONS! MIT Squash Tops Brown To Win Program's First Summers Cup Title

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 20 MIT 6, No. 19 Brown University 3

- Records: No. 20 MIT (16-8); No. 19 Brown University (6-11)

- Location: New Haven, Conn. (Brady Squash Center)

- The Lead: MIT squash was crowed as the champions of the Summers Cup for the first time in program history on Sunday afternoon as the No. 20 nationally-ranked Engineers defeated No. 19 Brown University, 6-3, in New Haven. Today's win not only marks the first national championship title for MIT in program history, but the Engineers also defeated the Bears of the Ivy League for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign.

The victory for MIT secures a final national ranking for Engineers of No. 17 which is the highest for the program since 1999-2000 season when they finished as the 16th ranked team by the College Squash Association. The win also secures a top-5 Division III ranking for the Engineers the highest it has been under head coach Thierry Lincou.

Prior to today's match, MIT was honored with the College Squash Association's Sloane Award for Sportsmanship. This award is voted on and selected by coaches from institutions across the collegiate level and is named after former Williams College coach Sean Sloane. MIT becomes the tenth Division III program to earn the award since 2006.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT jumped out to a dominant 3-0 advantage through the first three matches of the Summers cup final against Brown. Sophomore Henry Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and classmate Robert Williamson (Weston, Mass.) swept their opponents at positions three and nine, respectively. Martin was the first one to win a point as he topped Declan McCarthy, 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 and he was immediately followed by Williamson who defeated William Glaser, 15-13, 11-4, 11-7.

- First-year Keith Lamp (Short Hills, N.J.) and Brown's Blake Gilbert-Bono traded the first two sets, but it was Lamp who came out on top 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 at position six to give the Engineers a 3-0 lead in the match.

- MIT sophomore Joe O'Connor (Madison, N.J.) gave the Engineers a 4-0 lead with his three-set sweep over Andrew Wei at position two as O'Connor won by scores of 13-11, 11-8, 12-10.

- Brown's Ben Caraballo put the Bears on the board and cut their deficit to 4-1 with his 13-11, 14-12, 9-11, 11-2 win over Neel Das (Needham, Mass.) at position eight. However just minutes later, sophomore William Wu (Eagleville, Pa.) clinched the Summers Cup title for the Engineers with his 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 win over Harrison Boyer at position five. 

- MIT and Brown traded points at positions four and seven as Philip Demeulenaere swept Vedaant Paul Kukadia (Manhasset, N.Y.) 11-7, 11-4, 11-9, while MIT sophomore Brad Levin (Cockeysville, Md.) edged Nicholas Pitaro 12-10, 14-12, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will send a couple of student-athletes to the CSA Individual National Championship in a few weeks which will take place from March 1-3 in Providence, RI.

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