No. 17 Men's Squash Tops Colby, 5-4, To Win Summers Cup
Colonials Clinch First National Championship
Feb. 19, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. - The No. 17 George Washington men's squash team won the Summers Cup championship with a 5-4 victory over No. 23 Colby at the College Squash Association Team Nationals on Sunday.
The win marks the second straight appearance in the C Division championship after the Colonials fell to Bowdoin last season, 5-4.
"This victory is incredibly sweet," said head coach Wendy Lawrence. "It was revenge for losing last year to Bowdoin and all three of our seniors won their final matches. So it is a great way for them to end their college careers."
The match between the Colonials and the Mules featured three five-set matches and one four-set contest with Colby (17-16) going 3-0.
"Nothing was easy," said Coach Lawrence. "Our last two matches both went to five sets and we fought very hard the past three days. I am very proud of the team."
GW (14-9) grabbed crucial wins in the top four positions on the ladder. Juniors Islam El-Fiky and Omar Sobhy and senior Jose Calderon recorded straight-set victories while senior Adam Pistel rebounded after dropping the first set to top Nat Cooper 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5.
Sophomore Larkin Brinkworth provided the fifth victory with a 11-2, 11-9, 11-8 win over Peter Gabranski at No. 6.
"We had wonderful fan support. Parents, friends, alums and former club players from as many as 20 years ago," said Lawrence.