Saint Men Down Toronto 9-0 in Exhibition Match
St. Lawrence University's men's squash team tuned up for next weekend's Liberty League Championships with a 9-0 exhibition win over the University of Toronto at the Robie Squash Center Saturday afternoon.
The Saints, ranked 15th nationally, will host the Liberty League Championships to officially open the 2009-10 squash season Saturday and Sunday Nov. 21-22.
The Saints won all ten matches played on Saturday against Toronto with four of the matches going beyond three games.
Freshman Amay Merchant won 3-1 at one, coming back from a 11-7 first game loss to Adrian Pond to win 11-3, 11-6 and 11-8. Jermaine Xaba went to five games at three, losing the first 11-5 to Jason Tan, winning game two 11-6, but dropping game three 11-9 before closing it out with 11-6 and 11-9 wins. Tyler Stout shrugged off a 11-5 first game loss to Greg Rackowski to win 3-1 with 11-7, 11-0 and 11-7 game scores and freshman Roger Miller traded games with Kaustav Chattegie, winning 11-5 in game one, but losing game two 11-9 before Miller prevailed 11-4 and 11-8.
Scott Phillips beat Ryan Zufelt in three games 11-7, 11-2 and 11-9 at two, Nick Pearson won 11-7, 11-8 and 14-12 at four, Michael Badali won 11-7, 11-2, 11-4 at six, Thoma Kraft won 11-6, 11-6 and 11-4 at seven, Russell Woeltz was a 11-2, 11-8 and 11-7 winner at nine and Ben Ross won at ten 11-7, 11-6, 11-2.
Thomas Whelan and Dixon Mallory also won matches against Toronto, Whelan beating Jonathan Kent 14-12, 11-8 and 11-3 and Mallory beating Curtis Woodford 11-5, 11-0, and 11-6.
The Saints will open Liberty League tournament play against Vassar at 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 and will play Hobart in a 6 p.m. match. SLU will play Rochester, defending Liberty League champion and the nation's third ranked team at 10 a.m. on Sunday.