CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At its first match in almost two months, the MIT squash team won against Northeastern University, 5-4, at home on Wednesday evening. This is the second time this season that the two teams have met, with the Engineers winning by the same score of 5-4 back in November. Tech has won its last three consecutive matches and is currently 7-4 on the season.
Three freshmen dominated the top of the ladder for MIT. Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) started the night off with a victory at No. 1, dropping his first game to TJ Dyer, 9-11, before coming back to win the remaining three, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4. Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) won against Evan Jacobson at No. 2 by a score of 11-5, 11-5, 11-7, while Dominic Hansford (Darien, Conn.), in his first collegiate match ever, defeated Max Kachur in the third spot, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6.
At No. 4, Thomas Cowan (Concord, Mass.) fell to Stan Berenshtein in four, losing the first two games, 11-13, 6-11, picking up a win in the third one by a score of 11-3, and dropping the final game, 11-3. Junior David Bian (Austin, Texas) was victorious at No. 5 with his score of 11-4, 11-3, 11-5, dropping his third game to Greg Berson, 4-11. In the seventh spot, senior Abhi Mitra (Medford, Mass.) won all three of his games against Louie Sitwell, 11-4, 11-4, 13-11.
Tech has two more home matches to go before traveling to Bowdoin College for the Individual Division III Mid-Season Nationals next Friday, Feb. 7. Next up for the Engineers will be a match against Boston University at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, before hosting Tufts University the following evening at 7:00.