Squash Hits the Wall, then Rebounds at NESCACs
By Carlyn Robertson '14, Sports Section Editor
After a first-round bye in the NESCAC Championships, the No. 4 ranked women’s team headed to Trinity for the weekend to face off against fifth-round Bates. The Jeffs lost the match 6-3 despite having triumphed over Bates by that same score earlier in the season. The points came from sophomore Chandler Lusardi at the two spot, senior Allie Dalglish at the three spot and sophomore Anne Piper at No. 4. Lusardi won her first two frames, but dropped the third game 11-7. She came back to win the final frame 11-9. Dalglish and Piper both won their matches 3-0.

The Jeffs were more successful across the board against No. 8 Bowdoin later that day. Bowdoin earned a point at the No. 1 spot, but Amherst defeated them in all other eight spots. Lusardi won her No. 2 match 3-1 once again, and every other player won 3-0.

The next day the Jeffs came out full throttle, defeating No. 6 Hamilton 9-0 in the consolation bracket. Lusardi, Dalglish and Piper were undefeated over the course of the weekend, winning their matches against the Continentals 3-1, 3-0 and 3-0, respectively. Neither Dalglish nor Piper dropped a game all weekend. Evelyn Kramer ’14 traded games at the No. 7 spot before winning her match 3-2. The rest of the lineup won their matches in three games. The Jeffs finished the weekend 14-6 overall.

The men’s team also had a bye for the first round and headed into the championship ranked fifth. They kicked off the weekend with a loss to No. 4 Middlebury but won their remaining two matches. Matt Arnold ’12 was the only Jeff to win his match against Middlebury, taking the No. 9 spot with a 3-2 victory. No. 1 Andrew Kriete also took his match to five frames. He started out strong and won the first two frames, but Middlebury’s No. 1 came back to take the last three games.

The Jeffs beat Colby 7-2 in their second match of the day. The three through nine spots all scored points. Charles Loesch-Quintin ’13 had a tough matchup at the No. 3 spot. He dropped the first and third frames, but won the second and came from behind in the fourth and fifth frames for the win. The Jeffs playing in the four through eight spots all won their matches 3-0.

The Jeffs bested No. 6 Bowdoin 5-4 the next day in the consolation bracket. No. 3 Loesch-Quintin was the only player to push his match to four frames. The bottom half of the bracket pulled through, with Steve Severson ’12, David Kerr ’14, Todd Lavine ’12 and Arnold earning points at the six, seven, eight and nine spots, respectively. Brian Warner ’11 scored the Jeff’s final point at the No. 2 spot. The Jeffs are now 12-8 overall. Both teams hit the courts again on Feb. 25 at the College Squash Association’s National Team Championship.

Issue 14, Submitted 2011-02-09 17:17:46