(New Haven, Conn.) – It seemed only fitting that #17-ranked Dickinson would end up facing #19 rival Franklin & Marshall in the final of the Summers Cup (C Division) of the College Squash Association Championships.
The teams faced off at Trinity College for the third time this season, with each claiming a 5-4 decision to tie the season series 1-1. The Red Devils would come out on top, fittingly once again 5-4, in a thrilling championship match that literally went right down to the wire.
The match was a back-and-forth battle from the very start as the teams traded points, playing to a 3-3 stalemate.
The Red Devils found themselves trailing, 0-2 before a win from Alex Wattles (Millbrook, N.Y./Millbrook) in the sixth flight put the Devils on the board.
Wattles overcame a tough first set to win 3-0 (13-11, 11-7, 11-8) while Murdia traded sets, surviving a five-set marathon (11-2, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5).
Goossens went (11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-5) to earn the point in the number two spot.
The final three flights were going almost in sync with the Cup on the line. Sergio Martin (Queretaro, Mexico/Redlands, Calif.) had a strong finish in a 3-0 win in the fourth flight (11-9, 11-8, 11-3) and put Dickinson up, 4-3.
Osuman Imouro (New Haven, Conn./Trinity Pawling) overcame a tough first set, falling 13-11, taking a 2-1 lead with back-to-back scores of 11-7. Finn Trimble (Whangarei, New Zealand/Whangarei) trailed 0-2 (5-11, 3-11), but rallied to survive, taking the third and fourth sets, (11-9, 11-4).
Imouro could not break away to close out the match until the end of the set, but held on 11-8 for the Cup-Clinching point. Trimble dropped the fifth set to make the final 5-4, for the third time on the year, but the Red Devils would hoist the Cup regardless.
The Red Devils finish the season 12-8 overall and should hold their highest ranking in program history at 17.