Men’s Squash to Play Connecticut College at National Team Championships on Friday

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 28 Wesleyan University men's squash team will compete in the 2019 College Squash Association (CSA) Men's Team National Championships this weekend, beginning Friday, Feb. 15 at Yale University. The Cardinals earned the No. 4 seed in the Conroy Cup (D Division) and will face the No. 3 seed, Connecticut College, in the Quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Wesleyan will join Yale and Chelsea Piers CT as hosts of the three-day tournament.

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TOURNAMENT PREVIEW:

  • The Cardinals have gotten hot at the right time, having won four-straight entering the national postseason tournament. They are currently 6-12 overall this season and went 2-1 at the NESCAC Championships.
  • Connecticut College has also won its last four matches and is 8-9 on the year. The Camels' last loss was against Wesleyan on Feb. 2 in the NESCAC Tournament, as the Cardinals prevailed 5-4.
  • Wesleyan picked up wins from Sean Choi (No. 1), Will Bienstock (No. 4), Peter DeLalio (No. 7), Andrew Doucette (No. 8), and Scott Ji (No. 9).
  • This is the third-straight year the Cardinals have qualified for the D Division. In 2017, they defeated Hobart in the finals to claim their third Conroy Cup title overall and first since 1992.
  • Wesleyan is led by the 2018 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Sean Choi, who is 8-9 overall this season in the No. 1 spot.
  • Seniors Yahya Ladiwala and Josh Lane figure to play the No. 2 and 3 positions, respectively.
  • Bienstock is 5-6 in the No. 4 spot and Kevin Le is 4-7 in the No. 5 position.
  • Rounding out the top performers is Doucette, who owns a 4-4 record playing in the No. 8 spot.
  • Friday's match marks the third meeting between Wesleyan and Connecticut College this season. The two teams split the previous matchups as the Camels won the first meeting, 7-2, on Dec. 7.
  • The Cardinals have a commanding 39-18 lead in the all-time series.
  • Friday's winner will advance to the Semifinals on Saturday against the winner of No. 1 Dickinson and No. 2 Stanford. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m.