Men’s Squash Grabs Third Place With Victory Over Bates

Jack Kagan clinched the match on Sunday with his win at No. 4.
Jack Kagan clinched the match on Sunday with his win at No. 4.

The second-seeded Middlebury men's squash team finished in third place overall with a narrow 5-4 win over fourth-seeded Bates (9-8) Sunday while hosting the 2019 NESCAC Tournament in the Bostwick Family Squash Center. With the victory, the Panthers improve to 12-5 and return to action on Saturday when they entertain No. 19 MIT beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The Panthers tallied wins in the first two matches to finish. Alex Merrill started things with a three-game victory over Dylan Muldoon at the bottom of the ladder (11-9, 11-3, 11-7), while Teddy Best made the score 2-0 with a 12-10, 11-6, 11-2 win against Coley Cannon in the sixth position.

The Bobcats knotted the score at 2-2 with a three-game victory at No. 8, followed by a five-game triumph in the eighth spot.

Middlebury responded by earning the next two matches for a 4-2 advantage. Nick Bermingham eased past Garon Rothenberg in the middle of the lineup (11-1, 11-8, 11-4), while John Epley edged Benni McComish in three games at No. 7 (11-9, 11-8, 11-6).

After Bates moved to within 4-3 following a three-game win at No. 2, Jack Kagan clinched the match for the Panthers with an 11-7, 11-7, 13-11 victory over Jesper Phillips in the fourth slot.

Bates was victorious atop the ladder in three games for the final 5-4 score.