CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 11 Columbia men's squash team went on the road for a pair of Ivy League contests this weekend, falling to No. 3 Harvard, 8-1, and No. 8 Dartmouth, 5-4.
Columbia's lone win against the Crimson came in the No. 3 match by Mohamed AbdelMaksoud. The Lions sophomore took down Nigel Koh, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-5.
In a rematch of the 2012 national championship match, Columbia's Ramit Tandon and Harvard Ali Farag squared off in the No. 1 match. Tandon came out strong and took the first game, but Farag rebounded to win the next three and take the match.
Tandon bounced back Sunday against Dartmouth's Christopher Hanson, notching a three-game sweep, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7. AbdelMaksoud registered his second victory of the weekend, toppling Christopher Jung in three games, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9.
Daniel Saleem captured the Lions' third point against the Big Green in the No. 5 match. Going up against Kyle Mantino, Saleem had to come from behind twice to record the five-game win, 9-11, 13-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-6. Alec Goldberg posted Columbia's fourth win in the No. 9 match, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5, over James Fisch.
Columbia will be back on the courts Friday, Feb. 8, hosting Penn and NYU at the SL Green StreetSquash Center.
Harvard 8, Columbia 1
No. 1 Farag, Ali (H) def. Tandon, Ramit (C) - 8-11,11-8,11-9,11-5
No. 2 McLaughlin, Brandon (H) def. Zou, Tony (C) - 11-7,11-3,11-3
No. 3 AbdelMaksoud, Mohamed (C) def. Koh, Nigel (H) - 11-8,11-9,3-11,11-5
No. 4 Power, Gary (H) def. Miao, Graham (C) - 12-10,11-7,11-9
No. 5 Mullaney, Tom (H) def. Saleem, Daniel (C) - 12-10,11-8,11-8
No. 6 Scherl, Zeke (H) def. Rhee, Kyul (C) - 11-5,11-3,11-6
No. 7 Roberts, Matt (H) def. Tan, Andrew (C) - 11-5,11-6,11-8
No. 8 Ma, Alexander (H) def. Nalle, Alex (C) - 11-9,13-11,11-8
No. 9 Goldberg, Samuel (H) def. Goldberg, Alec (C) - 11-4,11-6,11-7
No. 10 Evans, Walker (H) def. Buchsbaum, Theodore (C) - 11-9,11-9,11-9
Dartmouth 5, Columbia 4
No. 1 Tandon, Ramit (C) def. Hanson, Christopher (D) - 11-5,11-7,11-7
No. 2 Maycock, Robert (D) def. Zou, Tony (C) - 8-11,11-9,11-6,9-11,11-6
No. 3 AbdelMaksoud, Mohamed (C) def. Jung, Christopher (D) - 11-3, 11-9, 11-9
No. 4 Greer, Alexander (D) def. Miao, Graham (C) - 11-8,11-6,11-8
No. 5 Saleem, Daniel (C) def. Martino, Kyle (D) - 9-11,13-11,3-11,11-7,11-6
No. 6 Kurth, Alex (D) def. Rhee, Hyunho (C) - 11-6, 11-5, 1-11, 11-9
No. 7 Pease, Fletcher (D) def. Tan, Andrew (C) - 11-2,11-6,11-3
No. 8 Funk, Mark (D) def. Nalle, Alex (C) - 8-11,11-6,11-7,11-7
No. 9 Goldberg, Alec (C) def. Fisch, James (D) 8-11,11-6,11-8,11-5
No. 10 Kuensell, Bayard (D) def. Buchsbaum, Theodore (C) - 7-11,11-5,11-5,11-7