NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's squash team opened its season with three matches this weekend.
The Camels celebrated the start of the season with a convincing 9-0 victory against Vassar in New London Saturday. Connecticut College also dropped an 8-1 decision to Tufts and was defeated 9-0 by MIT.
Senior tri-captain Brendan McClintick (pictured) of Mercersburg, Pa. paved the way to the victory against Vassar. Playing at the top slot on the ladder, McClintick stormed back from a 2-1 deficit to grind out a five set thriller, completing the comeback with an 11-9 triumph in the fifth set.
Sophomore John Dunham (New Haven, Conn.) coasted to an 11-9, 11-0, 11-0 sweep in the second slot on the ladder. Playing at number three, Daniel Reisman (Santa Barbara, Calif.) cruised to an 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 sweep for Connecticut College. Junior tri-captain Matt Lillie (Weston, Mass.) romped in an 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 victory at number four.
Senior tri-captain Niccolo Premutico (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipped in with an 11-2, 11-1, 11-0 victory playing at number five on the ladder. In the sixth slot, junior Benjie Osajie (Boston, Mass.) secured an 11-0, 11-3, 11-2 win for the Camels. Freshman Louis Feingold secured an 11-0, 11-3, 11-5 victory in the seventh spot on the ladder. David Aldaz Jr. (New Haven, Conn.) secured a 15-13, 11-7, 11-1 win at number eight.
Senior Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) won a 3-1 decision at number nine, erasing a 1-0 deficit with back-to-back-back 11-6 victories.
Dunham salvaged a point for the Camels in the loss to the Jumbos, out-lasting his opponent in a five set thriller battling back from a 2-1 deficit with 11-8 and 11-7 wins in the fourth and fifth sets to close out the win.
Feingold & Osajie played the closest matches in the loss at MIT as both players dropped five set decisions to the Engineers in their respective slots at #7 and #8 on the ladder.
The Camels will visit Wesleyan University Friday night for a 6:30 p.m. match in Middletown, Conn.