Winter Storm Nemo Update 3:45 p.m. - The men's and women's squash matches against Penn at 6:30 p.m. will be played tonight. The matches against NYU scheduled for 8:30 p.m. have been CANCELLED.
NEW YORK - The No. 11 Columbia men's squash team will close
out the 2012-13 regular season this weekend with a three matches, including two
Ivy League contests. The Lions will host No. 12 Penn and NYU at the SL Green
StreetSquash Center Friday, Feb. 8 in a doubleheader that begins at 6:30 p.m.
before visiting No. 1 Princeton in the season finale Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2:30
The entrance to the SL Green StreetSquash Center is located on
115th Street, near the intersection of Lenox Ave. and 115th St.
Columbia will look to snap a three-match losing streak
Friday against the Quakers and Violets. The Lions fell to No. 3 Harvard last
Saturday, Feb. 2, 8-1, and then dropped a nail-biter to the Big Green, 5-4, Sunday,
Mohamed AbdelMaksoud was the standout individual for Columbia,
winning both his matches in the No. 3 spot. Ramit Tandon, Daniel Saleem and
Alec Goldberg also notched wins at Dartmouth.
These final three matches will be the last competitive
action for the Lions until the CSA National Team Championships commence on
Friday, Feb. 22.
The Quakers will be making their first road trip to play Columbia in New York
City since the Lions began competition as a varsity program. Penn has been
struggling since the New Year, losing six of their seven matches. The Quakers
lone win in 2013 came last Saturday at Brown, 6-3.
Tyler Odell, who has seen time at spots Nos. 7-9 in the
ladder, holds the Quakers' best individual record at 8-4. Dan Judd, who has
also played the bottom three spots of the ladder, is the only other Penn player
above .500 at 6-5.
The Violets enter Friday's match with a 4-3 overall record. NYU most recently
toppled Swathmore on the road on Feb. 3 by a score of 9-0.
The Tigers will also compete three times this weekend, taking on No. 5 Cornell
and No. 13 Western Ontario in Ithaca, N.Y. Friday and Saturday, respectively,
and then host Columbia Sunday. Last season's 2012 Potter Cup Champions are 9-0
this season and with wins over the Big Red and Lions this weekend will secure
their 18th Ivy League title.
Todd Harrity, the Tiger's top player, is 6-1 this season,
while Tyler Osborne and Dylan Ward are 7-0.