No. 5 Harvard Cruises in 6-3 Victory Against No. 6 Cornell

Pictured: Alexander Ma earned a 3-1 victory at the No. 9 slot.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- THe fifth-ranked Harvard men's squash team topped sixth-ranked Cornell, 6-3, Saturday afternoon at the Barnaby Courts in the home opener. The Crimson improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League with the win while the Big Red falls to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

Harvard jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after J. Reed Enderson quickly handled his opponent, Charlie Wagner, 3-0, at the No. 4 position. Cornell knotted the score as senior co-captain Frank Cohen lost in three games in the sixth spot to Rishi Jalan. William Ahmed lost a five-game battle at the eighth position against Amar Gupta and Richard Hill won a timely four-game match at the two slot against Thomas Spettigue to keep the score tied at two matches apiece.

Freshman Zeke Scherl fell to William Hartigan at the No. 3 spot, 3-1, as the Big Red grabbed a 3-2 lead. Alexander Ma dropped his first game at the No. 9 position to Owen Butler, but rebounded to win the next three games to tie the team score at 3-3. Senior co-captain Colin West notched a 3-0 victory over Alex Domenick at the No. 1 spot to give the home team a 4-3 margin. At the fifth position, rookie Jason Michas lost the first two games of his match against Arjun Gupta, but grabbed wins in the last three games, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9, to take the match and sealed the win for the Crimson. After Michas earned his comeback victory, Alex Lavoie gave Harvard the 6-3 margin by winning in five games against W. McKay Claghorn at the No. 7.

The Crimson returns to action Jan. 23, as it welcomes Rochester to the Barnaby Courts.

Complete Results
No. 5 Harvard 6, No. 6 Cornell 3

No. 1 Colin West (H) def. Alex Domenick (C) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-0
No. 2 Richard Hill (H) def. Thomas Spettigue (C) 3-1: 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
No. 3 William Hartigan (C) def. Zeke Scherl (H) 3-1: 11-1, 6-11, 11-2, 12-10
No. 4 J. Reed Endresen (H) def. Charlie Wagner (C) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
No. 5 Jasn Michas (H) def. Arjun Gupta (C) 3-2: 7-11, 12-14, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9
No. 6 Rishi Jalan (C) def. Franklin Cohen (H) 3-0: 11-1, 12-10, 11-7
No. 7 Alex Lavoie (H) def. W. McKay Claghorn (C) 3-2: 12-10, 5-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-8
No. 8 Amar Gupta (C) def. William Ahmed (H) 3-2: 12-10, 15-17, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5
No. 9 Alexander Ma (H) def. Owen Butler (C) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6
No. 10 Charles Gertler (H) def. Pat Brady (C) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-8