BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men's squash team opened its season with a dramatic 5-4 win over Bates on Friday evening at the Lubin Center.
The win is the first for the Polar Bears over the Bobcats since 2002. The Polar Bears (1-0) entered the match ranked 25th in the nation while the Bobcats (0-1) came into the season ranked 21st nationally. The victory was also first in the head coaching career of new Bowdoin head coach Theo Woodward.
- Bowdoin trailed 2-1 after the first wave with Drew Clark picking up a crucial 3-2 win (9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5) at number eight.
- After falling behind 3-1 in the second wave, Deven Kanwal's first collegiate win was a quick and decisive victory at number one, 3-0 (11-3, 13-11, 11-6), followed by a phenomenal four-setter win by Adham Sobhy at number five, 3-1 (7-11, 14-12, 11-7, 13-11).
- With the match tied at three apiece entering the final wave, Ishaan George rebounded from a first game loss to tighten up his play and take a 3-1 win (7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7).
- Tyler Shonrock pushed Bowdoin over the top, taking the upper hand in the first game, eking out an 11-9 victory. He rolled to an 11-6 victory in the second game but found himself at a deficit early in the third game before ultimately squeezing out a 11-9 victory to seal the win for Bowdoin.
- Bowdoin will return to action on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. when they host Vassar.