By Ben Shapiro
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— The No. 21 Wesleyan University women's squash team upset No. 20 Franklin & Marshall in the first round of the CSA National Team Championships on Friday at Harvard, edging the Diplomats 5-4 in a dramatic finish capped with a win by senior captain Tatum LeClair to clinch the victory.
- With the match knotted at 4-4, LeClair was still on court taking on Clare Tompkins to decide the overall winner. LeClair got out to a strong start, but Tompkins came back to even things up before the Wesleyan senior pulled ahead to complete the upset. The final score was 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7.
- Fellow senior captain Laila Samy, who this week was nominated for the Betty Richey Award (awarded to the women's college squash player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership) won quickly at No. 1 to continue her unbeaten streak on the season. Her final was 11-5, 11-2, 11-5.
- Freshman Aditi Prasad pulled out a key five-game victory for the Cardinals at No. 2, beating Lauren Johnston 11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5.
- The other two wins for Wesleyan came at No. 8 and No. 9, with sophomore Sarah Clothier and junior Ale Lampietti both prevailing in tight matches. Clothier was victorious in five games, taking the final one 11-9, while Lampietti overcame a 14-12 loss in the first game to win in four.
- The win moves the Cardinals into the semifinals of the "C" Division Walker Cup, where they will take on Dickinson College tomorrow at 11:15, once again at Harvard. The two teams met earlier this season on January 19th, with Dickinson taking that match 6-3.