Defending collegiate squash national champion Amr Khalifa came through with a 3-0 win over Cornell's Nick Sachvie in the number one position to lift St. Lawrence University's men's squash team, ranked fourth nationally, to a 5-4 win over the eighth-ranked Big Red at the Robie Squash Center in Canton on Saturday.
Khalifa, playing his first match of the season after missing early action due to injury, beat Sachvie 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 to give the Saints the match victory and an 8-0 start to the season. Cornell is now 4-3 on the year.
The Saints also got a key win from Moustafa Bayoumi in a 3-2 marathon over Aditya Jagtap at two. Bayoumi won game one 11-2, Jagtap came back for a 12-10 win in game two, Bayoumi won game three 11-7 and Jagtap won game four 11-9. Bayoumi prevailed 13-11 in the decisive fifth game.
Other Saint winners included senior Vir Seth, who beat Kevin Flannery 3-0 at four, junior Chris Fernandez, a 3-0 winnver of Graham Dietz at eighth and junior Duncan Maxwell, a 3-0 winner over Adhijit Malik at nine.
Cornell's Ryan Todd beat Saint junior Ibrahim Khan 3-1 at three, Bryan Keating beat SLU's Kyle Ogilvy 3-0 at five, Rishi Jalan of Cornell beat Seb Reidelsheimer 3-0 at six and Gustav Runevsjo of Cornell edged Anderson Good 3-2 at seven, coming from 2-1 down to close it out with 11-2 and 11-4 wins in games four and five.
Mateo Vargas won the exhibition match at 10 3-0 for the Saints.
SLU will return to action with big matches at Yale and Harvard next weekend.
St. Lawrence 5, Cornell 4
Amr Khalifa, SLU def. Nick Sachvie, Cor 3-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-6)
Moustafa Bayoumy, SLU def. Aditya Jagtap, Cor. 3-2 (11-2, 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 13-11)
Ryan Todd, Cor. Def. Ibrahim Khan, SLU 3-1 (15-13, 11-8, 12-14, 12-10)
Vir Seth, SLU def. Kevin Flannery, COr. 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-8)
Bryan Keating, Cor. Def. Kyle Ogilvy, SLU 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-6)
Rishi Jalen, Cor. Def. Seb Reidelsheimer, SLU 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-7)
Gustav Runevsjo, Cor. Def. Anderson Good, SLU 3-2 (14-12, 9-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-4)
Chris Fernandez, SLU def. Graham Dietz, Cor. 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-9)
Duncan Maxwell, SLU def. Abhijit Malik, COr. 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-9)
Mateo Vargas, SLU def. Harry Freeman, Cor. 3-0 (12-10, 11-5, 11-9)