NEW HAVEN, Conn.- After downing Cornell, 6-3, and Trinity, 5-4, to take a stab at Sunday's national championship match, the Penn women's squash team could not hold off No. 1 ranked Harvard, falling 6-3 in the finals. The Crimson clinched their program's 12th Howe Cup title and finished the season undefeated, after taking an early 5-1 match lead.
In the first wave of matches, No. 3 senior Sydney Scott fell to June Tiong in three games, while senior Britt Hebden was topped by Johanna Snyder, 3-1, in the No. 6 slot. The Quakers cut Harvard's match lead in half, 2-1, as Pia Trikha earned a 3-0 win over Bethan Williams at the No. 9 position.
However, the Crimson ran away with it from there, with wins in the No. 2, 5, and 8 spots. Freshman Nabilla Ariffin lost a four-game battle to Nirasha Guruge, while freshman Yarden Odinak and senior Christina Matthias were downed in 3-2 dogfights.
Although the match had already been decided, freshman Rachael Goh earned a five-game win in the four slot, while junior Annie Madeira also outlasted her opponent, 3-2. Senior Kristen Lange fell 3-0 in the No. 1 position to Laura Gemmell, who finished the season without surrendering a single game.
Penn finished the season witha 13-3 overallrecord. A number of Quakers will compete in next weekend's CSA Individual Championships, to be held in Hartford, Conn., March 5-7.
No. 1 Laura Gemmell (H) def. Kristen Lange (P) 3-0
No. 2 Nirasha Guruge (H) def. Nabilla Ariffin (P) 3-1
No. 3 June Tiong (H) def. Sydney Scott (P) 3-0
No. 4 Rachael Goh (P) def. Alisha Mashruwala (H) 3-2
No. 5 Natasha Kingshott (H) def. Yarden Odinak (P) 3-2
No. 6 Johanna Snyder (H) def. Britt Hebden (P) 3-1
No. 7 Annie Madeira (P) def. Cece Cortes (H) 3-2
No. 8 Katherine O'Donnell (H) def. Christina Matthias (P) 3-2
No. 9 Pia Trikha (P) def. Bethan Williams (H) 3-0