Squash Ends Season with CSA Individual and Doubles Championship


Winthrop Reed was one of the players selected to take part in the CSA Individual and Doubles Championship. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

After a disappointing end to team competition at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship, Fordham Squash sent select members of the team to compete in the CSA Individual and Doubles Championship in Philadelphia this past weekend. At the team championship two weeks ago, the Rams went 0-4, including shutout losses to Wesleyan University and Vassar College to finish the regular season with a team record of 9-15. 

Seniors Patrick Rodden, Winthrop Reed and Dylan Panichello, sophomore Henry Frawley and freshman Sofia Arseniev were sent to Philadelphia to represent the Rams at the individual and doubles championship.

Rodden was the only Ram to participate in the singles competition. In his first match on Friday, Rodden fell  in round 16 of the Molloy Cup North Bracket, sending him to the consolation bracket. Segundo was on top of Rodden all match, winning in straight sets 11-4, 11-1, 11-0. 

In the consolation bracket, Rodden again came up short, losing to Chatham University’s Jared Nallian in straight sets, 11-2, 11-0, 11-5. Rodden, who competed in first position for the Rams all season, dropped seven straight matches to end the year.

In the men’s doubles competition, Fordham were represented by the duo of Reed and Frawley. The pair also dropped their opening round match, losing to Columbia University 15-8, 15-3, 15-10. Yale were the winners of the men’s doubles competition. 

The last competitors for Fordham were Panichello and Arseniev, who competed in the mixed doubles competition. They, too, lost in the first round in straight sets to Ben Schiltz and Ariana Solecki of Haverford College 15-11, 15-10, 15-8. This loss meant the Rams would exit the championship without winning a single set.

 Fordham had little luck at the individual championship, as the Rams struggled against some of the most elite squash players from around the country. The squash season is officially over for the Rams, who experienced a three game winning streak to end the regular season but ultimately came up short in postseason play. In a season that began with six straight losses, finishing the regular season at 9-12 is an impressive feat for this Fordham squad. The Rams will hope to take a step forward next year in order to experience a little more postseason success.