No. 20 GW Men's Squash Edges Bowdoin, 5-4, at CSA Nationals
Colonials Advance in Summers Cup by Winning Top Five on Ladder
Feb. 14, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 20 George Washington men's squash team won the top five matches on the ladder to narrowly defeat No. 21 Bowdoin, 5-4, in the opening round of the Summers Cup (C Division) Championship at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals at Harvard University's Murr Center.
GW advances to play the winner of No. 17 Middlebury and No. 24 Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
The Colonials trailed 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3, but stormed back to clinch their second win over Bowdoin this season on the strength of wins at the top five positions on the ladder.
With GW trailing Bowdoin, 2-0, sophomore James Reiss rebounded from a 1-0 deficit to knock off Christian Dorff (9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8) at No. 3 to get the Colonials on the board.
The Polar Bears extend the lead to 3-1, but freshman Josh Marks provided a key victory at No. 5, sweeping Reid Wilson by scores of 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 to pull the Colonials back within one.
After Bowdoin won at No. 7 to regain a two-match lead, freshman Nicolas Valderrama, whose five-set victory clinched the win over Bowdoin back on January 26, came up big once again. The Bogota, Colombia native's 11-6, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9 win over Matthew Cooper at No. 2 pulled the Colonials back within one point of the lead at 4-3.
Sophomore Reid Breck provided the match-tying victory with a win at No. 4, knocking off Andrew Ward, 11-2, 15-17, 11-4, 11-9 to pull the Colonials even at 3-3 and set the stage for the impressive comeback.
Playing at No. 1, freshman Andres de Frutos had the opportunity to clinch the match for the Colonials. After dropping the first set, de Frutos rebounded to cruise to an 8-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 victory and send the Colonials to the semifinals of the Summers Cup bracket.
Check the @GWSquash twitter account and GWsports.com to learn who the Colonials will face on Saturday afternoon and for continuing coverage of this weekend's tournament.