NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Dartmouth men's and women's squash teams competed in their first event of the season over the weekend, playing in the Ivy Scrimmages at Yale.
The tournament gave six freshmen their first taste of college squash. Rookies on the women's side include: Nina Scott (Riverside, Conn.), Lydie McKenzie (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Tori Dewey (New Canaan, Conn.). On the men's side, Kyle Martino (Harrison, N.Y.), Scott Chapin (New York, N.Y.) and James Fisch (New York, N.Y.) join the Big Green. It was also new assistant Coach Theo Woodward's college squash debut.
The women's team headed into the weekend seeded sixth. Their first fixture was against third-seed Princeton, who looked very strong on paper. The Big Green went down 0-9; however, there were encouraging performances from Scott and Dewey at 2 and 9 respectively, who came close to extending their opponents, narrowly losing tie breaks.
In the second match, Dartmouth managed a 9-0 clean sleep over rival Brown. This was a great team effort that allowed several freshmen to get their first taste of college squash victory. There were also two solid performances from Melina Turk 14' (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Helena Darling 15' (New York, N.Y.), both of whom came back from 0-2 deficits to beat their Brown opponents 3-2. Katherine Nimmo 14' (Wellesley, Mass.) also had a strong showing, winning her match, 3-2.
The Big Green played their final match of the weekend against Cornell. Although Dartmouth fell, 1-8, there were a number of strong performances. Kensy Balch 14' (Edmonton, Alberta) had the sole win, taking her match, 3-1. Additionally, freshman McKenzie who, after leveling her match at 1-1, unfortunately injured herself on the way to the ball and was forced to withdraw.
The men, seeded sixth, opened their weekend against a solid Yale team. The Big Green went down, 2-7, but displayed promise. Chris Hanson '13 (Greenwich, Conn.) and Fletcher Pease '14 (Cincinnati, Ohio) both produced solid performances to clinch wins for the team. While Bayard Kuensell '15 (Haverford, Pa.) nearly managed a epic comeback from 0-2 down, he leveled the match at 2-2 and narrowly lost the fifth game, 8-11.
The second match saw Dartmouth record a 7-2 win over Brown, with the exception of two ties. This was a relatively comfortable win, setting the team up for a mouth-watering match against fifth-seeded Penn.
The match against the Quakers was a tight one, but the Big Green scored a hard fought 5-4 victory. Michael Mistras '15 (Wilmington, Del.) and Robbie Maycock '13 (Devonshire, Bermuda), number two and three respectively, scored excellent five-game wins over tough opponents. These wins also kept the overall match alive, leveling it at 4-4 with just number one Hanson to play. Hanson made short work of his opponent, winning 3-0 and giving the Big Green the well deserved win.
The weekend proved a useful environment for the teams to come together and for the coaches to evaluate areas of attention. There were a number of positives to take from the weekend, and the coaching staff was very excited by the potential of both teams.
Both Big Green squash teams look forward to a promising season and their first official match against fierce rivals Harvard in Cambridge at 5 p.m., November 28th.