No. 21 men's squash tops No. 22 Amherst 6-3, falls to top seed Trinity 8-1 at NESCAC Championships

Sophomore Omar Attia won at the No. 3 position against his oppponent from two-time defending national champion Trinity on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the NESCAC Championships. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The No. 21 nationally ranked Bates men's squash team defeated No. 22 Amherst 6-3 in the quarterfinals before giving two-time defending national champion Trinity all the Bantams could handle in an 8-1 loss in the semifinals Saturday at the NESCAC Championships.  

Bates (9-7) will take on No. 17 Middlebury in the 3rd/4th place match Sunday at noon. Trinity (13-1) advances to the NESCAC Championships final against Williams. 

No. 21 Bates 6, No. 22 Amherst 3 (NESCAC Quarterfinals)

The Bobcats won at the No. 5-9 positions and picked up a win at the top of the ladder as well to defeat the Mammoths (5-8) Saturday morning. The key victory for Bates came at the No. 5 position, where junior Garon Rothenberg (Brooklyn, N.Y.) rallied from two games down to prevail 3-2 (7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9) over Pavan Nagaraj.

Sophomore Dylan Muldoon (Devonshire, Bermuda) and senior captain Coley Cannon (Greenwich, Conn.) got Bates off to a strong start. Muldoon defeated Arnav Parikh at the No. 9 position by a count of 3-1 (11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9) and Cannon swept David Merkel 3-0 (11-4, 14-12, 11-8) at the No. 6 position. 

Senior captain McLeod Abbott (Bronxville, N.Y.) and junior Benni McComish (Williamstown, Mass.) picked up victories as well. Abbott swept Reginald Brewster 3-0 (11-3, 11-7, 11-3) at the No. 8 position and McComish swept Chris Zimmerman 3-0 (11-4, 12-10, 11-9) at No. 7.

And junior Graham Bonnell (Southport, Conn.) took care of business at No. 1, sweeping Terrence Wang 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) to wrap up the 6-3 win for the Bobcats.

No. 2 Trinity 8, No. 21 Bates 1 (NESCAC Semifinals)

Sophomore Omar Attia (Cairo, Egypt) earned perhaps the most impressive victory of his career, defeating Trinity's Aryaman Adik 3-1 (13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 14-12) at the No. 3 position in the Bates men's squash team's 8-1 loss to the two-time defending national champion Bantams in the NESCAC semifinals. 

Despite the loss, the Bobcats played outstanding squash elsewhere in the lineup as well. First-year Jesper Phillips (Moss, Norway) won his first game at the No. 4 position before falling 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4) to Andrew Lee. 

Rothenberg battled Williams Curtis, bouncing back from a first game loss to take game two 11-5 before dropping the match 3-1 (11-3, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8) at the No. 5 position. And Cannon fell behind 2-0 against Nku Patrick at the No. 6 position but forced a fourth game with a 12-10 win in game three. Patrick ended up winning 3-1 (11-3, 11-7, 10-12, 11-1). 

The Bantams have won 17 of the last 20 national championships in men's squash. They typically field their best lineup only in the post-season so Attia's win at the No. 3 position on Saturday in the NESCAC semifinals stands out.  

No. 21 Bates 6, No. 22 Amherst 3 (NESCAC Quarterfinals)
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Middlebury Vt. 

1. Graham Bonnell (B) def. Terrence Wang (A) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5
2. Harith Khawaja (A) def. Mahmoud Yousry (B) 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 5-11, 12-10
3. Charles Sutherby (A) def. Omar Attia (B) 9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 12-10
4. Robinson Armour (A) def. Jesper Phillips (B) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8
5. Garon Rothenberg (B) def. Pavan Nagaraj (A) 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9
6. Coley Cannon (B) def. David Merkel (A) 11-4, 14-12, 11-8
7. Benni McComish (B) def. Chris Zimmerman (A) 11-4, 12-10, 11-9
8. McLeod Abbott (B) def. Reginald Brewster (A) 11-3, 11-7, 11-3
9. Dylan Muldoon (B) def. Arnav Parikh (A) 11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9

No. 2 Trinity 8, No. 21 Bates 1 (NESCAC Semifinals)
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Middlebury Vt. 

1. Ziad Sakr (T) def. Graham Bonnell (B) 11-3, 11-6, 11-1
2. Aly Tolba (T) def. Mahmoud Yousry (B) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6
3. Omar Attia (B) def. Aryaman Adik (T) 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 14-12
4. Andrew Lee (T) def. Jesper Phillips (B) 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
5. William Curtis (T) def. Garon Rothenberg (B) 11-3, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8
6. Nku Patrick (T) def. Coley Cannon (B) 11-3, 11-7, 10-12, 11-1
7. Patrick O'Sullivan (T) def. Benni McComish (B) 11-3, 11-7, 11-0
8. Mudit Pant (T) def. McLeod Abbott (B) 11-6, 11-6, 12-10
9. Martin Rios (T) def. Dylan Muldoon (B) 11-6, 11-6, 11-4