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Men's squash wins 20th straight vs. Bowdoin

LEWISTON, Maine -- The 18th-ranked Bates men's squash team defeated rival and 22nd-ranked Bowdoin for the 20th consecutive time on Wednesday night at the Bates Squash Center, sweeping spots 5 through 9 on the ladder en route to a 7-2 victory. The Polar Bears (5-9) last defeated the Bobcats on January 29, 2002.

Bates senior captain Bobby Burns (Greenwich, Conn.) defeated Andrew Hilboldt at No. 1 in straight sets. Junior R.J. Keating (Short Hills, N.J.) moved up from the third to the second position in the lineup and outlasted Stephan Danyluk 3-2 (9-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9). Bowdoin got a 3-2 win of its own at No. 3, with Barrett Taskesian edging Bates sophomore captain Kristian Muldoon (Paget, Bermuda) 7-11, 16-14, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, and William Fantini defeated Bates junior Eric Bedell (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 3-1 at the No. 3 position.

A trio of Bates first-years -- Andy Cannon (Greenwich, Conn.), Jason Shrubb (Hamilton, Bermuda) and Nabil Saleem (Alpharetta, Ga.) -- all swept 3-0 wins from their opponents at positions 5, 8 and 9, respectively. Juniors Walter Cabot (Dover, Mass.) and David Born (Westbrook, Maine) won by 3-1 scores at 6 and 7, respectively.

Bates, Bowdoin and Colby co-host the Maine Event this weekend. The Bobcats (5-11) will face another NESCAC rival in Tufts on Friday at 6pm, which will be recognized as Senior Night for co-captain Bobby Burns. On Saturday the Bobcats play a whopping four home matches, facing MIT (9am), George Washington (1pm), Boston College (4pm) and Drexel (8pm).

Bates 7, Bowdoin 2
Jan. 25, 2012 at Bates Squash Center

1. Burns, Robert P. (Bates) def. Hilboldt, Andrew J (Bowdoin) 11-8, 11-9, 11-3
2. Keating, R.J. (Bates) def. Danyluk, Stephan B (Bowdoin) 9-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9
3. Muldoon, Kristian (Bates) def. by Takesian, Barrett A. (Bowdoin) 7-11, 16-14, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9
4. Bedell, Eric S (Bates) def. by Fantini, William P (Bowdoin) 3-11, 13-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7
5. Cannon, Andy (Bates) def. Wilson, Reid E. (Bowdoin) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
6. Cabot III, Walter M. (Bates) def. Ward, Andrew P. (Bowdoin) 11-2, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3
7. Born, David (Bates) def. Winmill, William M. (Bowdoin) 15-13, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5
8. Shrubb, Jason A (Bates) def. Sprague, Andrew (Bowdoin) 11-7, 11-9, 11-5
9. Saleem, Nabil (Bates) def. Bearse, Maxwell (Bowdoin) 11-7, 11-2, 11-0
Exh. Fearnley, William T (Bates) def. Trenkelbach, Clint (Bowdoin) 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-5