The fifth-ranked Rochester squash team took the top six matches Saturday to post a 6-3 win over the seventh-ranked Tigers during Saturday's 2013 finale for the Princeton men.
The Tigers will now be off before they turn their attention to the Jan. 11 Ivy League opener, and that match provides an opportunity to wipe away every ounce of early-season disappointment. The 2013 Ivy League co-champions, Princeton and Harvard, will meet in Boston for the 2014 Ivy opener for both schools.
In each of the last two seasons, Princeton has pulled out a 5-4 win in this match, with senior co-captain Dylan Ward clinched the match both times.
Princeton put up a good battle against Rochester, which has become one of the top programs in the nation. The Tigers ended the first shift down 2-1, though they got an impressive win from senior co-captain Ash Egan, who didn't drop a game in his win at the No. 9 position.
Ward lost at No. 3, and sophomore Sam Ezratty dropped a pair of two-points games to fall 3-0 at the No. 6 spot. Classmate Michael LeBlanc continued his perfect season, rallying from an early 1-0 deficit to take the final three games at No. 8; he clinched the match in dominant style, winning 11-1 in the fourth game.
Junior David Hoffman fell in four games at No. 5, but the match of the day was going on at the No. 2 spot. Two-time All-America Tyler Osborne was able to get out to a 2-0 lead on impressive freshman Ryosei Kobayashi, but a 12-10 win in the third turned the match Rochester's way. Kobayashi was able to pull out the final two games to put Rochester on the brink of victory.
Reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year Vivek Dinodia did all he could to keep Princeton alive, clawing out a 3-2 win with a thrilling 13-11 win in the fifth game, but it would not be enough. The junior duo of Samuel Kang (No. 1) and Taylor Tutrone (No. 4) both fell in three games to leave Princeton at 2-2 heading into the winter break.
ROCHESTER 6, PRINCETON 3
1. Faraz Khan (ROC) def. Samuel Kang (PRIN) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
2. Ryosei Kobayashi (ROC) def. Tyler Osborne (PRIN) 6-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-2
3. Neil Cordell (ROC) def. Dylan Ward (PRIN) 11-3, 11-4, 11-7
4. Mario Yanez Tapia (ROC) def. Taylor Tutrone (PRIN) 11-3, 11-7, 11-2
5. William Mohr (ROC) def. David Hoffman (PRIN) 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6
6. Aria Fazelimanesh (ROC) def. Sam Ezratty (PRIN) 11-5, 11-9, 12-10
7. Vivek Dinodia (PRIN) def. Karm Kumar (ROC) 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 5-11, 13-11
8. Michael LeBlanc (PRIN) def. Meng Xiaomen (ROC) 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-1
9. Ash Egan (PRIN) def. C. Riedelsheimer (ROC) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4