No. 20 men's squash falls on the road to No. 17 Franklin & Marshall

Junior Graham Bonnell won his opening game at the No. 1 position at Franklin & Marshall on Sunday, November 18, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The No. 20 nationally ranked Bates men's squash team finished its opening road trip with a 1-1 record after falling 9-0 at No. 17 Franklin & Marshall Sunday afternoon. 

The Diplomats (3-1) swept eight of the nine matches on Sunday, with junior Graham Bonnell (Southport, Conn.) turning in the strongest performance for Bates. He won his first game at the No. 1 position by a count of 11-3 before falling 12-10 in the second game. The Diplomats' Shams Abbas ended up winning the match 3-1. 

Despite being swept in the other matches, the Bobcats didn't amek it easy for the Diplomats, with a number of games decided by just two points. First-year Jesper Phillips (Moss, Norway) had a particularly close match, falling 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-9) at the No. 5 position to Matthew Dukarm.

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, November 28th when they host Bowdoin at 6pm. 

No. 17 Franklin & Marshall 9, No. 20 Bates 0
Nov. 18, 2018 at Lancaster, Pa.

1. Shams Abbas (F&M) def. Graham Bonnell (B) 3-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-3
2. Sanjay Jeeva (F&M) def. Mahmoud Yousry (B) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6
3. Yannis Senkel (F&M) def. Omar Attia (B) 12-10, 11-4, 11-6
4. Silvio Soom (F&M) def. Coley Cannon (B) 11-8, 11-6, 11-1
5. Matthew Dukarm (F&M) def. Jesper Phillips (B) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9
6. Aryan Parekh (F&M) def. Garon Rothenberg (B) 11-1, 11-6, 11-8
7. Boden Polikoff (F&M) def. Benni McComish (B) 11-3, 11-9, 11-9
8. Ricardo Machado (F&M) def. McLeod Abbott (B) 11-7, 11-3, 14-12 
9. King Bassett (F&M) def. Dylan Muldoon (B) 11-4, 11-6, 11-8