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St. George's: 2014 Class B New England Interscholastic Boys’ Squash Champions

Team Results

Individual Results
#1 Draw – Moudy Abdel-Maksoud 1st place
#2 Draw – Michael Kelly 1st place
#3 Draw – Andrew Braff 2nd place
#4 Draw – Carter Haley 2nd Place
#5 Draw – Seung Shin 1st Place
#6 Draw – Oliver Green 5th Place
#7 Draw – Alec Goodrich 5th Place

Highlights:  St. George’s traveled to Pomfret to participate with 15 other schools in the New England Class B Interscholastic Squash Championship.  During the tournament, each of seven players played in a draw with their equivalent ladder positions from all the other school.  By working their way through the draw, the player scored points for their team according to their final placement.  Among all seven Dragons, St. George’s played a total of 25 matches. Of those, they won 21. Throughout the weekend, the Dragons were on a roll, with positive momentum that started Friday night and carried through Saturday, during which they only lost one match.  In the end, #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5 all progressed through the main draw to the Championship games on Sunday.  In the #7 and # 6 draws Alec Goodrich and Oliver Green each lost one match, but each progressed to the consolation finals on Sunday where they played, and won, both their matches, securing 5th place finishes.  Goodrich came back from 5-10 down in the first game to win that game and the next two.  With #2 Michael Kelly, #3 Andrew Braff, #4 Carter Haley, and #5 Seung Shin all on court simultaneously in the championship round on Sunday morning, it was an exciting couple of hours to be a Dragon.  Senior co-captain Seung Shin was the first to come off with a first place finish.  He beat a player from Loomis Chaffee, doing so with his usual brand of straight drives and deceptive drop shots, as well as an extra level of effort that saw him getting to balls that seemed well out of reach.  In the #4 draw, Senior Carter Haley was up against an athletic Pomfret opponent and struggled to get the ball behind him.  He lost to a pair of good hands and quick feet, coming in second in his draw.  Freshman Andrew Braff was also being tested in the #3 draw, with a southpaw from Loomis Chaffee with deft touches and good gets.  The combination proved too much from Braff, who ended with a second-place finish.  Junior Michael Kelly, playing against Hopkins, was in a tense dual with a player who extended the rallies as long as possible, and, at times, frustrated Kelly’s attempts to pull ahead.  In the end though, Kelly’s will proved steely and he remained focused despite all attempts, ending with a first-place finish.  As is traditional, the finals of the #1 draw began when all other matches had finished.  It was Moudy Abdel-Maksoud from St. George’s versus James Watson from St. Luke’s School.  Watson had a solid all-around game in response to Moudy’s power and creativity.  At times Watson forced the points and frustrated Moudy into rushing and making unforced errors.  After a tense and testing first, won by Maksoud, Watson took the second game, the first and only game lost by Maksoud all season.  In the end, Maksoud’s constant pressure was too continual for Watson, who had no reathing room and no weaknesses to attack.  With his opponent exhausted and without sufficient offensive tactics, Maksoud pulled away in the third and then won the fourth quickly, cinching first place in the #1 draw.