CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– The No. 14 Virginia men’s squash team (7-4) captured a 6-3 win against No. 12 George Washington (7-8) on Wednesday (Jan. 23) at the McArthur Squash Center. The program won the Washington-Jefferson cup for the first time with the addition of the women’s win against the Colonials.
“A great win for us this evening,” head coach Mark Allen said. “I think that’s the seventh time we have played them since I have been coaching the team, and our first ever win. GW was playing us following convincing wins over Navy and Williams, so I think it rates as one of our best wins to date. We are now at 7-4 on the season and have won our last four matches, so we will be looking to carry this momentum into the four tough matches we have coming up at the weekend.”
George Washington captured the first point of the match with a three-game win in position six. Senior Jarett Odrich (Greenwich, Conn.) had an answer for the Cavaliers, defeating Lucas Stauffer 11-7, 11-3, 12-10 in position eight, but the Colonials topped position two to take a 2-1 lead.
The Cavaliers responded to the pressure, capturing wins in the next five matchups starting with a hard-fought 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7 five-game win from junior Toby Hansford (Darien, Conn.) in position four against Julian Jervis. Freshman Glenn Yates (Cape Town, South Africa) defeated Abbas Saeed 11-9, 10-12, 11-3, 11-2 in position seven, while senior Grayson Bubrosky (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Matthew Katz (Baltimore, Md.) followed with wins in position five and nine, respectively. Bubrosky defeated Juan Laguna 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, while Katz recorded an 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 win against Geordie Laird.
Freshman Patrick McElroy (Brookline, Mass.) captured the team’s last point with a 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 victory at the top of the ladder against Mohammad Al-Terki.
The Washington-Jefferson Cup is an annual rivalry between the Cavaliers and Colonials that was established during the 2016-17 season and includes postdated winners through the 2013-14 season. The winner is determined by a cumulative score for both the men’s and women’s match. Virginia won the cup for the first time in six seasons of competition with tonight’s win in both the men’s and women’s matches.
The Cavaliers will return to action this weekend, facing four opponents in three days. Virginia will compete against No. 26 Colby on Friday and both No. 17 Franklin and Marshall and No. 18 Middlebury on Saturday in Lancaster, Pa., before returning home for a matchup against No. 7 Yale on Sunday.
No. 14 Virginia def. No. 12 George Washington 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 8, 2, 4, 7, 5, 9, 1, 3
1 | Patrick McElroy (UVA) def. Mohammad Al-Terki (GW) 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6
2 | Salim Khan (GW) def. Will Holey (UVA) 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
3 | Inaki DeLarrauri (GW) def. William Braff (UVA) 11-4, 11-8, 11-13, 14-16, 11-7
4 | Toby Hansford (UVA) def. Julian Jervis (GW) 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7
5 | Grayson Bubrosky (UVA) def. Juan Laguna (GW) 9-11 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5
6 | Jamie Oakley (GW) def. Andrew Braff (UVA) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6
7 | Glenn Yates (UVA) def. Abbas Saeed (GW) 11-9, 10-12, 11-3, 11-2
8 | Jarett Odrich (UVA) def. Lucas Stauffer (GW) 11-7, 11-3, 12-10
9 | Matthew Katz (UVA) def. Geordie Laird (GW) 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-3
Exh | James Dudzik (UVA) def. Idan Hare (GW) 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7