Men’s Squash Ends Regular Season With Upset of #14 Navy

Wyatt French scored the decisive point in Friday's thrilling win over Navy.
Wyatt French scored the decisive point in Friday's thrilling win over Navy.

The 15th-ranked Middlebury men's squash team earned a hard-fought 5-4 victory Friday evening over #14 Navy in a match played at Yale for the Panthers’ final match of the season.

In the narrow win, the Midshipmen raced out to a 3-1 lead with wins at #2, #8 and #6. Middlebury' point in that stretch came from junior Andrew Cadienhead (Bronx, N.Y.) at #4 by scores of 11-9, 11-6, 10-12 and 12-10 over Bill Kacergis.

Trailing by two, Middlebury won the next three matches. Rookie Robert Rohrbach (Greenwich, Conn.) was the first to finish, recording a three-game win at #9 (11-4, 11-4, 11-9) against Alex Patricolo, while senior Harrison Croll (Greenwich, Conn.) tied the match with a four-game victory in the fifth slot of the ladder (11-7, 11-5, 2-11, 11-8) over Randy Beck. Junior Ben Krant (Williamstown, Mass.) put Middlebury up by a point via a marathon five-game triumph (11-3, 5-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7) versus Will Walker, but the Midshipmen tied the match at 4-4 with a five-game win in the top spot.

The decision came down to the last match on court at #3 between Middlebury junior Wyatt French (Farmington, Conn.) and Navy’s Reed Whitney. Whitney took a 2-1 advantage with 11-9 wins in games two and three after French secured the opening game, 11-8. French evened the match with a 13-11 win in game four. All tied at 7-7 in the decisive game, French scored four of the final five points for an 11-8 victory and secured the team win for Middlebury.

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• Men’s squash record: 10-3
• Up Next: 2/5-7 at NESCAC Championship (hosted by Trinity)