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Dartmouth Edges Tiger Men’s Squash In 5-4 Thriller – GoPrincetonTigers.com

The 11th-ranked Princeton men’s squash team put forth an incredible effort Saturday afternoon, but the shorthanded Tigers fell a match — a game, even a point — short of the ninth-ranked Dartmouth Big Green 5-4 in the Jadwin Squash Courts.

Playing without No. 2 player Clark Doyle, the Tigers played up in the lineup against the higher-ranked Big Green and went the distance, but Dartmouth senior Glen Brickman fought off three match points in the fourth game and rallied for wins of 14-12 and 11-6 at the No. 6 spot to secure the win for the Big Green.

There was drama throughout the match, including two Princeton victories by its talented freshman class in the opening shift. It started with Shehab Thabet, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit at the No. 7 spot and powered through Jack Harvey for wins of 11-3, 11-2 and 11-7 at the No. 7 spot. Classmate Gabriel Morgan fought off two game balls in the fourth game and rallied for a 12-10 win to take a 3-1 decision and open a 2-0 lead, though Dartmouth rallied for a win at No. 5 to draw within one.

The Big Green would take the next two matches (1 and 8), but Spencer Anton got Princeton back even with a 3-1 win over Sam Epley at the No. 4 spot. Remarkably, he closed the match on an ace when his opponent thought the serve was out, and the victory set up a highly dramatic third shift.

Dartmouth struck first with a 3-1 win at 9, but Tiger sophomore Cody Cortes — one of the fittest players you’ll find in college squash — battled from a 2-0 deficit and dropped only 12 points in the final three games to clinch a 3-2 win. He was dominant in the fifth, an 11-1 victory that put all eyes on Court 2.

Junior Komron Shayegan did all he could to secure the win; he took games of 11-9 and 11-8, then went up 10-8 in the fourth. To his credit, Brickman rallied back for the 14-12 win, and then finished it 11-6.

Princeton will be back on the court Sunday at 2:30 when it takes on No. 4 Harvard in a match streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

#9 Dartmouth 5, #11 Princeton 4
1 – Alvin Heumann (D) d. Adhitya Raghavan (7), (5), 9, 5, 8
2 – Gabriel Morgan (P) d. Carson Spahr 7, 5, (6), 10
3 – Cody Cortes (P) d. Brandon De Otaduy (10), (4), 6, 5, 1
4 – Spencer Anton (P) d. Sam Epley 4, 9, (11), 6
5 – Matt Giegerich (D) d. Abhimanyu Shah (2), 9, (8), 5, 8
6 – Glen Brickman (D) d. Komron Shayegan (9), (8), 8, 12, 6
7 – Shehab Thabet (P) d. Jack Harvey (7), (6), 3, 2, 7
8 – Brian Giegerich (D) d. Ben Leizman 6, (5), 10, 6
9 – Drew Monroe (D) d. Henry Parkhurst 8, (7), 7, 6
 

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