WALLINGFORD, Conn. – The opening matches of the College Squash Association national tournament commenced Friday with the 28th-ranked men from Haverford College falling, 9-0, to No. 29 Georgetown College in the first round of the Conroy Cup/D Division.
The Fords (9-6) will move into the consolation bracket where they will battle No. 32 Tufts University (7-13) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Georgetown (6-4) will take on Colby College, which defeated Tufts on Friday, in the winners side of the eight-team bracket of schools ranked 25th through 32nd in the nation.
In the No. 5 slot, Michele played disciplined squash to earn a 2-0 lead behind a pair of 11-9 victories over Georgetown's Kevin Donlin. But Donlin altered his tactics heading into the third game making it difficult for Michele to close out the match which eventually ended in a come-from-behind 3-2 Hoya victory.
McComas found himself trailing 2-0 after a pair of narrow losses in the opening games against Nicholas Kourides at No. 1. As with the match at No. 5, a rally was afoot as McComas steamrolled to an 11-5 win in the third game then evened the match with an 11-9 victory in the fourth.
Kourides, however, was able to hold off the hard-charging McComas in the deciding fifth game, eking out an 11-7 win over the Ford to close out the match by a 3-2 count.
Chris Tyson had a spirited match at No. 3 against Georgetown's James Calello. The opening game stretched beyond regulation totals with Calello escaping with a 13-11 win, followed by another two-point victory (11-9) in the second. Tyson put fourth a valiant effort in the third but finally succumbed by a score of 11-6.
Saturday afernoon's contest with the Jumbos is against a squad which dropped Friday's match to the D Division's top seed by a 6-3 count.