Squash Takes Three In Last Regular Season Weekend


The Rams had a big weekend heading into the CSA Team Championships. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

In the last weekend of regular season play the Fordham squash team secured three out of the four games with a win against Drexel University’s Club team, Lehigh University and Johns Hopkins University at home. Their lone loss came from Boston University in the first match of the weekend.
The Rams were not off to a hot start against Boston as they dropped their match 8-1, with sophomore Bennett Van Liew, winning the second slot match over Milan Tahliani in four games, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.

While Fordham ultimately fell at the one and six slot, junior Henry Frowley and senior Caleb Schumacher were able to force game fives, with Frowley almost making a comeback after being down two games. He narrowly lost the final game, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10.
Schumacher also suffered a similar fate, as he opened the match strong, faltering slightly in the last two games. His final line was 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7.

The Rams quickly shook off that loss, immediately turning things around against Drexel’s club team.

Sweeping the one through six slots, the Rams, courtesy of Schumacher, sophomores Sofia Arseniev, Robert Cruikshank and junior Nicholas Choo had decisive wins.

Fordham’s losses in the seventh and eighth positions were hard-fought battles, with both going to four games.

Squash continued rolling, gearing up for their doubleheader on Sunday against Lehigh and Johns Hopkins. First up, the Rams swept the one and two slots as well as the four through seven. The third slot, which belongs to Arseniev, was the toughest matchup of the day, with Arseniev stretching five games, winning the first and fourth to ultimately drop the fifth, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3. The Rams took a 7-2 victory over Lehigh, immediately heading into their final match of the regular season against Johns Hopkins.

Frowley kicked things off at the one slot with a quick victory over Kavish Hajarnavis in just three games, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4. Van Liew continued his weekend success in the two slot, also managing to win his match in three, 13-11, 12-10, 11-2. The Rams swept the three through seven slots, with a default victory to Arseniev and strong playing from Fordham, with only one of those matches going to four games. While the Rams dropped the eighth slot, they pulled out another strong victory at 6-3.

The Rams finished the regular season with an impressive 19-8 record, with a 13-3 record at home at the Lombardi Squash Courts. Now, the Rams have one final test on the season, the 2023 CSA Team Championship, which will be Feb. 24-26. Matches for the event will be in split locations in Hartford and Middletown, Connecticut.