PRINCETON, N.J. --- Will Hochman will remember the fifth game of his fifth position win for a long, long time after helping the Colby College men's squash team to a huge 5-4 win over 22nd-ranked Hamilton College in the semifinals of the College Squash Association's Summers Cup (teams ranked 17th to 24th).
Hochman won the first two games by 11-7 and 11-8 scores, but then lost back-to-back games by 11-4 scores to Edward Black of Hamilton. Hochman shook off those setbacks and recorded a 20-18 win in the fifth game.
Colby, ranked 23rd nationally, had already taken a 7-2 win against 18th-ranked Amherst College on Friday night. The Mules now face 17th-ranked George Washington University in the title match at 9 a.m. at Princeton University on Sunday. The Mules will finish 17th nationally with a victory or 18th with a loss.
Harry Smith won by a 3-0 count at the first position and has not dropped a game in two matches at the national meet. The Mules won the bottom three matches to earn the victory. Stephen Carroll won 3-0 at seven and John Eder had the same score at eight. Ben York went to four games to win the ninth position match.
Colby 5, Hamilton 4
1: Harry Smith, C, d. Cooper Veysey, 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-4)
2: Martin Bawden, H, d. William Sullivan, 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-9)
3: Alex Wood, H, d. Nat Cooper, 3-1 (11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8)
4: Harry Keeshan, H, d. Roy Simpson III, 3-0 (11-8, 11-3, 11-6)
5: Will Hochman, C, d. Edward Black, 3-2 (11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 4-11, 20-18)
6: Peter Harrison, H, d. Pete Gabranski, 3-2 (12-10, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-3)
7: Stephen Carroll, C, d. Ronald German, 3-0 (11-9, 11-2, 12-10)
8: John Eder, C, d. Ted Nehrbas, 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-3)
9: Ben York, C, d. Walker Lourie, 3-1 (11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 13-11)