PRINCETON, N.J. --- Colby College will settle on being the 18th-ranked team in the country after falling in a tough 5-4 decision to 17th-ranked George Washington University in the title match of the College Squash Association's Summers Cup on Sunday at Princeton University.
The Mules came into the national tourney ranked 23rd. The Summers Cup is for teams ranked 17th to 24th nationally. Colby defeated 18th-ranked Amherst College to start the weekend and then beat 22nd-ranked Hamilton College in getting to the final.
George Washington captured the first four position matches and also won at six to earn the title.
Will Hochman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished a 3-0 weekend with a hard-fought 3-2 win over GW's Sam Ehrlich at the fifth position. Hochman fell 14-12 in the fourth game, but came back strong with an 11-5 win in the decisive game. Hochman improved to 19-13 this season.
Stephen Carroll (Penn Valley, Pa.) at the seventh spot, John Eder (West Hartford, Conn.) at eight, and Ben York (Philadelphia, Pa.) at nine also had 3-0 weekends for the Mules. Eder and second position player William Sullivan (Milton, Mass.) both are tied for the team lead in wins with 21 (Eder is 21-5). York is 17-12 this season and Carroll has 16 victories.
Harry Smith, Colby's three-time All-NESCAC honoree, went 2-1 over the weekend and moved his season record to 18-14.
George Washington 5, Colby 4
1: Islam El-Fiky, GW, d. Harry Smith, 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-5)
2: Omar Sobhy, GW, d. William Sullivan, 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-4)
3: Adam Pistel, GW, d. Nat Cooper, 3-1 (7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5
4: Jose Calderon, GW, d. Roy Simpson III, 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-9)
5: Will Hochman, C, d. Sam Ehrlich, 3-2 (11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-5)
6: Larkin Brinkworth, GW, d. Pete Gabranski, 3-0 (11-2, 11-9, 11-8)
7: Stephen Carroll, C, d. Player Haynes, 3-2 (11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 7-11, 11-8)
8: John Eder, C, d. Christopher Bell, 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-7)
9: Ben York, D. David Moxley, 3-2 (10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3)