By Ben Shapiro
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Day 2 of the NESCAC Championships featured a pair of battles for the Wesleyan University men's squash team, but the Cardinals came up short in both matches, falling 8-1 to Tufts and then dropping a heartbreaker 5-4 to Connecticut College. The matches were part of the consolation round robin and were hosted at Colgate University. With the losses, Wesleyan finishes the weekend in eleventh place in the NESCAC.
DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Freshman Sean Choi was the only Cardinal to go 2-0 on the day. He started by taking a tight first game over Tufts and then cruising, finishing with a 13-11, 11-4, 11-2 victory. Later against Conn. College, he was again solid in a three-game victory, winning 11-8, 11-9, 11-4.
- Junior Kevin Le, who had been playing No. 7 this season but moved up to No. 5 this weekend, proved he was ready for the step up. Though he lost against Tufts, the match was about as close as it gets. The junior was edged in a five-game thriller 14-12, 11-7, 6-11, 3-11, 16-14. In his second match, Le bounced back well, winning in four games 6-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7.
- Freshman Will Coburn and junior Alex Dreyfus were the other two winners for Wesleyan against Conn. College, taking their matches at No. 8 and No. 6, respectively.
- The match against the Camels came down to No. 3, where sophomore Will Bienstock fought valiantly and came within a point of clinching the match for Wesleyan. In the end, it was Mikey Rodriguez from Conn. College who was victorious, winning 6-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10.
- With their NESCAC Championship weekend now complete, Wesleyan turns its focus to the CSA National Championships, which will be held February 23-25, with Trinity College serving as the main host site.