NEW YORK -The Columbia men's squash team hosted a back-to-back Ivy League teams this weekend at the SL Green StreetSqaush Center. The Lions finished with a 1-1 split defeating No. 11 Dartmouth on Saturday, before falling to No. 2 Harvard on Sunday, Feb. 2.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Columbia made program history with their first ever win over No. 11 Dartmouth, 8-1. Alex Nalle had one of the most exciting matches of the afternoon at the No. 9 position. After winning the two straight games (12-10, 11-8), Darmouth’s George Henderson battled back to win the next two games (4-11, 2-11). With a strong home crowd behind him, Nalle came away with the victory at 11-7 in the final game.

The Lions returned to StreetSquash on Sunday, Feb. 2 to face an unbeaten Harvard team (11-0). Despite the 8-1 loss, Columbia saw some intense matches throughout the day. First-year Rishi Tandon  gave Havard's senior Brendan McGlaughlin all he could handle at No. 2, taking the match to five games before falling short at 12-10, 3-11, 11-9, 1-11, 8-11.

The most anticipated matchup was at the No. 1 position.  The two unbeatens in Ramit Tandon and Ali Faraq faced-off in front of a big crowd Sunday afternoon. With all eyes on this highly skilled match, Faraq would come away with the win 5-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, to hand Tandon his first loss of the season.

Up next, the Lions (6-4, 2-3 Ivy League) will play thier final home match of the seaon on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. against Prrinceton.

 

Match Date Home Matches
Won
Visitor Matches
Won
2/2/14  No. 12 Columbia
1  No. 2 Havard
8
 

 

  Columbia Harvard Winner's Score Winner
1S Ramit Tandon Ali Faraq 5-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3 Harvard
2S Rishi Tandon Brenan McGlaughlin 12-10, 3-11, 11-9, 1-11, 8-11 Harvard
3S Mohamed AbdelMaksoud Dylan Murray 11-8, 5-11, foreit Columbia
4S Joshua Sehkar Gary Power 3-11, 7-11, 5-11 Harvard
5S Daniel Saleem Nick Hopcroft 7-11, 5-11, 8-11 Harvard
6S Jonathan Gill Thomas Mullaney 3-11, 8-11, 5-11 Harvard
7S Alec Goldberg Tyler Olson 10-12, 12-14, 9-11 Harvard
8S Tarun Nambiar Matt Roberts 7-11, 10-12, Harvard
9S Alex Nalle Sam Goldberg 6-11, 6-11, 6-11 Harvard
10S Andrew Tan  Julian Kirby 4-11, 7-11, 7-11 Harvard

 

 

 

Match Date Home Matches
Won
Visitor Matches
Won
2/1/14  No. 12 Columbia
8  No. 11 Dartmouth
1
 
  Columbia Dartmouth Winner's Score Winner
1S Ramit Tandon Alexander Greer 11-2, 11-2, 11-6 Columbia
2S Rishi Tandon Nicholas Harrington 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 Columbia
3S Mohamed AbdelMaksoud Chris Jung 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 Columbia
4S Joshua Sehkar Kyle Martino 13-11, 11-0, 7-11, 11-3 Columbia
5S Daniel Saleem Flethcer Pease 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 Columbia
6S Jonathan Gill Mark Funk 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5 Columbia
7S Alec Goldberg Michael Mistras 3-11, 12-10, 2-11, 6-11 Dartmouth
8S Tarun Nambiar James Fisch 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7 Columbia
9S Alex Nalle George Henderson 12-10, 11-8, 4-11, 2-11, 11-7 Columbia
10S Andrew Tan  Glen Brickman 4-11, 11-3, 5-11, 14-16 Columbia