Six days, two upsets, and one team that could make things uncomfortable for the Ivy League when 2019 rolls around.
Days removed from a 6-3 road upset of #4 St. Lawrence, the 13th-ranked Princeton men's squash team upset #9 Drexel Thursday night with a 6-3 win in Philadelphia. Similar to their win on Saturday, the Tigers used their depth to knock off another top-ten foe, as they claimed the bottom six matches to secure the victory.
Princeton opened the match with a 2-1 lead after the first shift, which included a win by junior Shehab Thabet
, who has battled back from injury and picked up a 3-1 win at the #9 spot. His 11-8 win in the fourth game helped the Tigers draw even after a hard-fought 3-1 loss by Cody Cortes
at the #3 spot.
That left freshman Howe Cheng
to decide the opening shift, and he continues to remain unflappable in pressure spots. Cheng, who owns wins over #1 Trinity, #4 St. Lawrence and #5 Rochester before taking his first final at Princeton, rallied from a 2-1 deficit and knocked off Noel Heaton 11-9 in the fifth game to win at the #6 position.
Junior Henry Parkhurst
dropped the opener at #8, but won three tight games to follow up with a third win for Princeton, and junior tri-captain Gabriel Morgan
overwhelmed Filip Krueger at the #5 position to put Princeton on the bring of the upset. Sophomore Duncan Joyce
had to battle through extra points in his first two games at the 7th spot, but he followed a pair of 12-10 wins with an 11-5 win to clinch the team win for Princeton. For good measure, classmate Alex Engstrom
rallied from 1-0 down with a trio of tight wins to clinch a sixth Princeton win.
That match ends one of the wildest opening months in Princeton history. The Tigers, playing without a trio of injured starters on the road in the opener, dropped a 5-4 decision at Virginia, which likely made many look past Princeton. The team responded with a hard-fought 6-3 loss to #1 Trinity, and then a home-opening win over George Washington. Since then, Princeton has wins over both #4 St. Lawrence and #9 Drexel, and it will open Ivy League play after the holiday break with a weekend pair at Brown (Jan. 12, 12 pm) and at Yale (Jan. 13, 12 pm).
PRINCETON 6, DREXEL 3
1 - Bransten Ming (D) d. Clark Doyle
8, 6, 9
2 - Matias Knudsen (D) d. Adhitya Raghavan
5, 5, 4
3 - Dylan Kachur (D) d. Cody Cortes
(8), 8, 9, 4
4 - Alex Engstrom
(P) d. Luke Willemse (9), 8, 8, 10
5 - Gabriel Morgan
(P) d. Filip Krueger 5, 4, 3
6 - Howe Cheng
(P) d. Noel Heaton 9, (8), (9), 4, 9
7 - Duncan Joyce
(P) d. Royston Raymond 10, 10, 5
8 - Henry Parkhurst
(P) d. Josh Hughes (6), 8, 8, 7
9 - Shehab Thabet
(P) d. Will Grady 10, (9), 5, 8