NEU vs. Franklin & Marshall (7): 0-9 Loss
NEU vs. Drexel University (21): 0-9 Loss
NEU vs. Hobart College (31): 1-8 Loss
NEU vs. Hamilton College (23): 1-8 Loss
NEU vs. Denison University (41): 0-9 Loss
NEU vs. Fordham University (47): 8-1 WIN
NEU vs. Bucknell University (27): 0-9 Loss
NEU vs. Lehigh University (46): 4-5 Loss
NEU vs. Franklin & Marshall (14): 0-9 Loss
NEU vs. University of Rochester (38): 6-3 WIN
NEU vs. Mount Holyoke (20): 0-9 Loss
NEU vs. Hamilton College (18): 0-9 Loss
NEU vs. Colgate University (36): 4-5 Loss
Northeastern’s men’s and women’s teams both recently travelled to Hamilton College to take part in the Hamilton Invitational. The men started off their weekend with matches against Franklin and Marshall and Drexel University. Both teams, having a wealth of talent, blanked the Huskies 9-0. The men then faced Hobart and Hamilton Colleges, with both matches going 1-8 against the Huskies. #1 DJ Brinkworth took an exciting 5-game win off of Hobart College in a rematch of his Nationals match last February. #4 Baxter Wathen took a solid four-game match off of Hamilton, upsetting their otherwise sweep.
The women also took on F&M and hosts Hamilton in what also turned out to be 0-9 sweeps against the Huskies. On Saturday, the women faced the University of Rochester and prevailed with a 6-3 win with wins coming at numbers 1-6, despite forfeiting the 8 & 9 spots due to injury and sickness. On Sunday, the women faced a tough Mount Holyoke squad and lost 0-9. Their final match was against Colgate University. After such a long weekend of squash, the women put on a great display of effort regardless of how tired they were and almost came away with the win. Two of the five match losses came from the same missing players at 8 & 9, while Hoai Tran and Sara Grisales both lost in five very close games. The Huskies hope to replay Colgate and nationals and think they will be far more ready to pull out the victory with a full squad and some more rest.
The next weekend, the men travelled to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, a 7-hour drive, to play in the Bucknell invitational. The team left on Friday night, started their Denison match at 10:45AM and played consecutive matches through till about 8PM that night and drove home to Boston immediately after. The men opened up against a resurgent Denison team who surprisingly blanked the Huskies 9-0 despite their close proximity in the rankings. The drive and lack of sleep definitely took a toll on the team, but they shook the jitters for their next match against Fordham University, who they beat 8-1. The Huskies next match was against hosts Bucknell, who, despite some heated matches and refereeing, the Huskies finished out a decent performance against. The final score was 0-9, with #3 Greg Berson and #4 Keith Sproat both taking a game off their opponents. The last match of the day was against Lehigh University who was ranked 47, below both the Huskies and Fordham. Unfortunately, after three consecutive earlier matches, everyone was feeling pretty fatigued going into this final match. The Huskies notched wins at #1, 2, 4, and 6 (DJ, Stan, Keith, and Phil), but ultimately fell short and lost the match 4-5 despite a very close five-game match at #8 played by Daniel Hsu.