Colby Men’s Squash drops close match to Cardinals

The Colby men’s squash team stormed the court this past weekend down in Williamstown, Mass. for the annual NESCAC tournament. The teams had high hopes going into this tournament after having successful conference seasons.

The Men’s team went into the tournament as the fifth seed—the highest ever from a Colby Men’s team at this tournament. Before the team left, Patrick McCarthy ’17 said, “We think we can take a few teams by surprise this weekend. I know we didn’t have a great showing the last time out against Bates, and we have to play those guys again, but we’re back at full strength now. We’ve already played a lot of the teams we’re going to see this weekend and we know what we’re up against.”

In the first match, the team fell at the hands of the rival Bates Bobcats by a score of 8-1. Yuga Koda ’16 was the only player who won for the Mules, playing at the number five position. Even though the Mules felt confident going into the match, Bates proved to be too much. After the match, Hugh Doherty ’17 said, “At the end of the day, they’re a great team. Their one and two are really spectacular and when you have that kind of top end depth, it really opens up the rest of your ladder. Basically everyone on that team is playing down and it hurts us because we like to pick up wins from the middle and bottom part of our roster.”

Later in the tournament, the Colby boys faced off against the dreaded Bowdoin Polar Bears in what has been dubbed the illustrious “I-95 derby.” Bowdoin always proves to be a tough out for the Priscilla and Grey, and this time was no different. With the match sitting at 4-4, McCarthy came through in the clutch, winning his match in four games. McCarthy’s win served as the high point for the Mules in this tournament, as it kept the Mules playing and gave them a rematch with the Wesleyan Cardinals—a team that had beaten the Colby men a weekend earlier.

Ultimately, Colby lost to the lower ranked Wesleyan 5-4. The score was the same as the last time the two teams met. C.J. Smith ’16 said after the loss, “sometimes, teams will just have an answer for you. We’ve seen it happen a few times against these guys now. The good teams are able to pull out the close matches, and that’s what Wesleyan did today. Fortunately for us, we’ll see them again at nationals and can hopefully pick up the win against this team that’s been eluding the entire season.”

The team finishes its season at the Collegiate Squash National Championship from February 20- February 22 at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Regarding the tournament, McCarthy said, “How can you not be amped? It’s the last match that this team will ever play together. We’ve had a great season and we’re ready to show the nation what Maine Squash is all about.”

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