Squash teams suffer after forfeits
By Jackson Dean
Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
In a surprising turn of events, the Dartmouth men’s and women’s squash teams fell in their final matches of the season on Sunday when the No. 8 men’s team (7-8, 2-5 Ivy) was forced to forfeit six of its nine matches and the No. 8 women’s team (6-8, 1-6 Ivy) was forced to forfeit four of its nine matches after members of both teams admitted to misconduct in violation of the teams’ rules.
On Sunday, after both teams lost to Yale University on Friday in New Haven, Conn., the Big Green returned to Hanover to compete in their final home games of the season against Brown University, which coincidently took place during Winter Carnival. Before Sunday’s matches, it was announced that some athletes on the men’s and women’s teams would not be allowed to play due to rule violations.
“Members of the team violated some of the teams’ rules that we have had written down since the beginning of the year,” head coach Hansi Wiens said.
A member of the Dartmouth squash team, who wished to remain anonymous to avoid internal conflict, said that members of both the men’s and women’s squash teams broke the teams’ alcohol policy before the match. The individual players that admitted to misconduct did not play, leaving only three Big Green competitors for the men and five for the women.
The men’s squash team lost to No. 17 Brown (12-6, 2-5 Ivy) 6-3, winning all three matches it did not forfeit. The top three-seeded men’s players, Chris Hanson ’13, Robbie Maycock ’13 and Chris Jung ’14 did not drop a single game in their three matches. Hanson began right where he left off after a strong win Friday, by not only winning all three of his games, but also giving up no points to his opponent in his final game. Hanson, a team captain, has now won five of his last six matches and heads into the playoffs with a lot of momentum. Maycock, also a captain, won easily with an 11-5, 15-13, 11-3 performance. Jung dominated, keeping his opponent below seven points in all three of his games.
The women’s team was defeated by No. 9 Brown (12-6, 2-5) 7-2, on Sunday, winning two out of the five games the team competed in. The two senior captains, Corey Schafer ’13 and Sarah Loucks ’13, picked up victories for the Big Green. Playing in the first spot, Schafer grinded out a 3-2 win over junior Dori Rahbar, dominating in her final game and besting Rahbar 11-1. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Schafer. Playing in the third spot, Loucks easily defeated her opponent and has now won four of her last five matches. Melina Turk ’14, Sarah Caughey ’15 and Krystyna Miles ’16 also competed for the Big Green, but ultimately fell to their Brown Bear opponents.
The teams remain unsure how their rankings will be affected as men’s and women’s national championships approach, Wiens said. Presumably the losses will force both teams to fall in the rankings.
If Sunday’s loss bumps the Big Green out of the nation’s top eight, it would be a devastating blow, since the men and the women would not be allowed to compete in the top team division at national championships.
The women hope to vie for a national championship in New Haven at the Howe Cup this weekend, and the men look toward the national team championships in New Haven Feb. 22-24.
On Friday, the men’s team fell 7-2 to No. 4 Yale at the Brady Squash Center. Hanson and Mark Funk ’15 won games playing in the first and eighth spots, respectively, to score points for the Big Green.
Hanson continued to dominate his opponents, defeating junior Kenneth Chan 3-0. The lefty made it look easy, defeating Chan by at least three points in each of the three games. Also on a hot streak for the Big Green, Funk picked up his third straight victory with his 3-0 win. Kyle Martino ’16 scored an 11-3 victory in his first game, but ended up losing the match 3-1.
The women’s squash team also fell to No. 5 Yale on Friday, 9-0, giving the Big Green a 1-5 road record for the season. Helena Darling ’15 won her first game 11-8 but faltered later on and lost the match 3-1. Loucks and Oona Morris ’15 also won games for Dartmouth, but ultimately lost 3-1.