Resilient Engineers Dropped by Fordham, 7-2

Jan. 28, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Andrew Yoon swept Fordham University's No. 1 player, Charles Sterken, in men's squash action on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough for MIT to overcome the Rams, as the Engineers fell, 7-2, in the Zesiger Center. Tech's record dipped to 1-7 on the year with the loss, while Fordham improved to 2-9.

Yoon was highly impressive in easily dispatching Sterken out of the top spot, winning handily by a score of 9-6, 9-2, 9-2. It was the Hong Kong, China native's second three-game sweep of the season, as he also accomplished the feat in the Engineers' 9-0 victory over Bryant University in December.

Senior David Baumgartner picked up MIT's other victory out of the No. 4 position, although he did it in a decidedly different fashion than Yoon. After winning the first two games, 9-4, 9-7, Baumgartner struggled in games three and four en route to losing by scores of 9-7 and 9-1. However, he rediscovered his form in the final game and edged Jason Sherriff, 9-7, for the five-game triumph.

Fordham swept five of the other seven matches by 3-0 scores, with junior Saad Zaheer and freshman Steve Howland the only other Engineers to push their matches past the minimum three games. After falling in the first game, 9-1, Zaheer stormed back to take the second game, 9-3. However, he was beaten, 9-2, 9-4 in the final two games. Howland fell behind, 9-4, 9-6, before easily taking the third game, 9-2. He then dropped the fourth game, 9-0.

The Engineers will try to build upon their performance when they host Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 p.m.