Bryant Squash opened up their season with a victory over the 35th ranked team in the country, Boston College. Bryant Squash, the winner of last season's Hawthorne Cup and ranked 47th in the College Squash Association's preseason poll, opened its 2014-15 campaign by claiming three victories in four weekend matches played at the Badger & Rosen SquashBusters Center at Northeastern University. The Bulldogs' biggest win was a 5-4 Sunday squeaker over Boston College, which will elevate Bryant to a new, 35th-place CSA ranking. In the weekend's other matches, Bryant lost to Northeastern 3-6 and beat Vermont 9-0 and Siena 8-0.
In the BC match, played using the three-court system, Bryant
took a 2-1 lead when sophomore Chase Ruben won 3-1 and newcomer
Luke Lorenz was able to finesse a 3-0 win. In the second round of
individual matches, BC evened things at 3-all when only Bryant's
No. 2, Dana Parziale, was able to solve the puzzle for a 3-1
victory. That left all the decisive fireworks to the last round of
individual matches. Bryant's No. 1, team captain, and club
president, senior Harry Waterton, took to the court while No. 4,
Phil Carr, and No. 7, Josh Rubinstein, were both still deep in it.
Carr played tough but came up short in a 1-3 loss, while Rubinstein
had to contend with the herby-jerky, start/stop dynamics of a match
twice halted to staunch blood flow: Josh's BC counterpart was a
scrappy diver with thin skin at his knees and elbows. When Josh
came back tough from 1-2 down to win the fifth game 11-7, it
squared the matches at 4-all. The crowd compressed behind the court
where the No. 1's battled.
The two players both seemed to relish the spotlight. BC's Sam Henderson took the first game 12-10. Waterton delivered an 11-9 answer, then a 14-12 seesaw win that found his attacking just exceeding the BC player's determined retrieving. In the fourth game, Waterton refined his precision a notch, reducing his errors into the tin and claiming an 11-8 victory and a 3-1 match decision that gave Bryant its slim margin of overall triumph. Next weekend, Bulldog Squash travels to MIT for Saturday matches with MIT and Lehigh and a Sunday rematch with BC.