HARTFORD, Conn. - The Bowdoin College men's squash team went 1-2 in action at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend at Trinity.
The Polar Bears (12-9) lost in the quarterfinal round to Middlebury, 8-1, before rebounding to go 1-1 in the consolation bracket by defeating Hamilton, 9-0, and losing to Amherst, 6-3. Bowdoin is ranked 19th in the latest College Squash Association poll.
Will Fantini accounted for the lone Bowdoin point against Middlebury in the team's opening match, earning a straight-set 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 13-11) win at #3. Stephan Danyluk and Alex Reisley lost hard-fought 3-2 affairs at #2 and #9, respectively.
Bowdoin pounded Hamilton in a 9-0 blanking to open play in the consolation bracket. Andrew Hilboldt, Danyluk, Fantini and Matt Cooper all earned 3-0 wins at the top four spots. The Polar Bears claimed some gritty wins to seal the sweep at the bottom of the ladder, courtesy of Reid Wilson (3-1), Max Bearse (3-2), Andrew Ward (3-1), Will Winmill (3-2) and Reisley (3-1).
In their final match of the weekend against Amherst, the Polar Bears got a 3-0 win from Hilboldt at #1, a 3-1 victory from Fantini at #3 and a 3-0 point at #7 from Ward. Bowdoin couldn't close the deal, however, falling in a pair of five-set losses that tipped the decision in Amherst's favor.
A handful of Polar Bears will return to action this weekend as Bowdoin will host the inaugural Division III Squash Individual Championship at the Lubin Center. Play will open on Friday morning and continue through Sunday.