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Men's squash cruises past Polar Bears, 7-2

Mahan

Burns

Echeverria

Lee

LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 11 nationally ranked Bates College men's squash team defeated No. 15 Bowdoin 7-2 in a NESCAC match Friday night at the Bates Squash Center. It is Bates' 15th straight win against its rival, a streak dating back to 2002. Bates also wins the CBB series over Colby and Bowdoin for the ninth consecutive season.

The Bobcats raised their record to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play, while the Polar Bears dip to 5-5 overall, 2-3 in the NESCAC.

Winning in 3-0 sweeps were senior Kush Mahan (Kalamazoo, Mich.) at the first spot, sophomore Bobby Burns (Greenwich, Conn.) at No. 4 and first-year R.J. Keating (Short Hills, N.J.) at No. 8. Gutting out 3-2 decisions for the Bobcats were junior Nick Echeverria (Washington, D.C.) at No. 5 and junior Dae Ro Lee (Yongin, South Korea) at No. 6.

Bowdoin won its points at the second (David Funk) and ninth (Andrew Hilboldt) spots in the lineup.

Bates 7, Bowdoin 2

1. Mahan, Kush (Bates) def. Higgins, Palmer (Bowdoin) 11-9, 13-11, 11-7

2. Greenberg, Jordan (Bates) def. by Funk, David (Bowdoin) 11-13, 11-9, 12-10

3. Katz, William (Bates) def. Bernard, Andrew (Bowdoin) 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 11-6

4. Burns, Robert (Bates) def. Cipriano, Peter (Bowdoin) 11-9, 11-8, 11-6

5. Echeverria, Nicholas (Bates) def. Makhija, Arun (Bowdoin) 11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10

6. Lee, Dae Ro (Bates) def. Madan Mohan, Rahul (Bowdoin) 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6

7. Williams, Patrick (Bates) def. Ha-Ngoc, Thai (Bowdoin) 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6

8. Keating, R.J. (Bates) def. Fantini, William (Bowdoin) 11-8, 11-5, 11-3

9. Bedell, Eric (Bates) def. by Hilboldt, Andrew (Bowdoin) 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

(10.) Kourides, Nicholas (Bates) def. Takesian, Barrett (Bowdoin) 11-9, 9-11, 11-1, 11-8