NEW YORK - The No. 11 Columbia men´s squash team (7-8) will venture to New Haven, Conn. this weekend in search of the 2013 Hoehn Cup (B Division) at the College Squash Association National Team Championships. The Lions will begin play Friday, Feb. 22 with an opening round matchup against No. 14 Navy (24-7) at 3:30 p.m.
Columbia and Navy met back on Jan. 13 with the Lions capturing an 8-1 victory over the Midshipmen. Columbia is 2-2 against Navy since joining the varsity ranks in 2010-11, including a 5-4 win over the Mids at last year´s CSA Team Nationals.
The Lions have had a good deal of success this season at the top of the ladder. Ramit Tandon, the 2012 CSA Individual National Championship runner-up has posted a 12-3 record at the top spot, while Mohamed AbdelMaksoud is 10-3 competing at the No. 2 and 3 spots.
The Mids have played an extensive schedule this season, competing more than twice as many times as the Lions. After a strong start to the season, Navy has found itself on the losing end in three of its last four matches. The last time out, No. 7 Franklin and Marshall downed the Mids on Senior Day in Annapolis, 8-1.
Mitch Bottini paces Navy with 25 victories this season, playing primarily in the bottom third of the ladder. Hunter Bouchard and Andrew McGuinness, both middle ladder contributors, are second on the team with 22 wins.
If Columbia gets past Navy, it will next take on the winner of the No. 10 Williams versus No. 15 Bates match Saturday. CollegeSquashAssociation.com will have updates from all of this weekend's matches in New Haven.