CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At the final home match of the weekend, the MIT squash team were defeated by Colby College by a score of 7-2, with the lone wins coming from freshmen Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) at No. 1 and Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) at No. 2. After falling to Wesleyan and Bowdoin yesterday, the Engineers now have a record of 4-4 on the season following an undefeated start to their season.
Each of the MIT players played a handful of strong games and put up a fight every time. In the top spot, Punwaney picked up the Engineers' first win, dropping the first game to CJ Smith, 11-9, before coming back to win the final three, 11-6, 11-7. 11-7. Finkelstein won all three of his games against Patrick McCarthy, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8. At No. 3, freshman Thomas Cowan (Concord, Mass.) had a good third game, narrowly falling to Hugh Doherty, 12-10. He fell in the first two as well, 11-5, 11-6. Junior Gray Riley (Wellesley, Mass.) dropped his match at No. 5 to Trey Simpson , 11-5, 11-8, 11-7.
Senior Abhi Mitra (Medford, Mass.) played a strong first game against Will Hochman at No. 6, keeping the score close the entire time and ultimately falling, 11-9. He dropped the other two games, 11-3, 11-4. At the No. 8 position, junior Sarah Fay (South Hadley, Mass.) kept opponent Steve Caroll within reach throughout the entire match, falling 11-8, 11-5, 11-4.
MIT has less than two weeks until its next competition, hosting Bryant University at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 7.