In a pair of weekend matches, nationally-ranked No. 22 MIT fell to No. 16 Bowdoin College, 5-3, on Friday and then defeated NEWMAC foe Babson College, 9-0, on Saturday. The split moved the Engineers' record to 8-5 on the year and 2-0 in conference play.
Against Bowdoin, Thomas H. Dohlman '07 and Eric A. Beren '08 collaborated for an 8-2 win in the top doubles spot while Mark D. Egan '07 and Peden P. Nichols '09 outlasted their No. 2 foe, 9-8 (5). The Polar Bears picked up the final doubles point following an 8-4 loss by Melvin C. Makhni '07 and David E. Iba '09.
Beren registered the lone singles victory for the Engineers as he defeated his No. 2 opponent, Alex Cauchron, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2.
In Saturday's sweep of Babson, the doubles tandems of Dohlman and Beren, and Iba and Makhni recorded a pair of 8-3 wins. Egan and Nichols wrapped up doubles play with a hard-fought 9-8 (5) victory.
Egan led off the singles portion of the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the No. 3 spot while Beren and Makhni each posted victories of 6-1, 6-3. Michael Price won a 6-3, 6-1 decision in the No. 6 slot.
Following a 7-5 win in his No. 1 singles match, Dohlman shut out his opponent in the second set to continue the Engineers' dominance. Nichols closed the day with a 7-5, 6-2 victory for the Engineers.
Next up for MIT is a home match tomorrow against NEWMAC foe Clark University, which is currently 1-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.