Squash Gets Squashed to Start 2023


Robert Cruikshank and Fordham suffered two tough losses to begin the new year. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

After ending 2022 on a high note with a three-game win streak, the Fordham squash team started off 2023 with a pair of losses to Wesleyan and Connecticut College on the road. This is only the team’s second back-to-back loss this season, taking a hit to their previous 13-4 record.

Wesleyan proved to be formidable, sweeping the Rams across the board 9-0. This marked the first game this season in which the Rams were swept.

Certain matchups were close, such as the battle in second position, with junior Henry Frowley taking the first game against Wesleyan’s Toby Goldston 11-9. However, Frowley went on to drop the next three sets, conceding to Goldston.

Meanwhile in sixth position, sophomore Robert Cruikshank locked down his first game as well against Milo Supasorn, 11-7, only to fall to a similar fate as Frowley.

Wesleyan, who started off their season on a five-game losing streak, completely flipped the script and is now red-hot over the last six games, sweeping teams such as Vassar College and Stanford University.

While the Rams looked to turn things around after being swept, it was only Cruikshank that could deliver for the team against Connecticut, winning his set in four games, 11-6, 13-11, 9-11 and a thrilling last match of 12-10.

In the seventh position, junior Nicholas Choo also fought hard, forcing a four game match against Connecticut’s Alex Navarro, winning the first game 14-12.

With the two losses, Fordham drops to 13-6 on the season after the first weekend of matches. Things do look bright for the Rams as the rest of the regular season will be played at home on the Lombardi Squash Courts, and the Rams are 7-1 at home this season.

Now, the Rams will face off against New York University at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 28,  followed by Bucknell University at 1:30 p.m. After that, the Rams will have one last test on Sunday against Dartmouth University’s Club Squash team at 12:30 p.m.