Lord Jeffs Reload for 2007-08 Campaign
The Amherst College women’s squash team played a difficult schedule in 2006-07 and finished the season ranked 18th in the nation by the Collegiate Squash Association. The Jeffs ended on a strong note, taking a second place finish in the Walker Cup bracket at the National Tournament.
After graduating five seniors—Caroline Shannon, Emily O'Brien, Abby Mantica, Emory Sweeney, and Sarah Harper—the Amherst women's squash team would appear to face a tough 2007-08 season, as each Shannon, O'Brien, Mantica, and Harper played in the top five of the lineup last season. The Lord Jeffs have reloaded this season, however, and welcome three talented first-years: Hayley Milbourn, Caitlin Demkin, and Ali Dalglish. Dalglish ranked 35th in the USSRA GU19 for the 2006-2007 season, while Demkin boasted a ranking of 46th in the same division. Amherst women’s squash fans also eagerly await the debut of Milbourn, who carried an impressive GU19 ranking of 22nd at the end of the 2006 season. Milbourn has already earned a reputation around the region as an outstanding golfer. The rookie currently sits fifth in the nation among Division III female golfers.
Senior co-captains Libby Martin and Di Kirkwood return this season to lead a relatively young squad. They are joined by returning juniors Melissa Moulton and Laurel LaMontagne. Moriah Donelan ’08 returns to the Amherst lineup after a one-year hiatus, and the team welcomes newcomer Lucy Frye ’08. Also joining the team this year are junior Maddie Tamagni, senior Virginia Kitchell, and first-years Marion Read and Mimi Bell. Recent graduate Sarah Harper returns to Amherst as the Edward Hitchcock Fellow and assistant to head coach Tom Carmean.
This season, the squad looks to go after its closest opponents—Williams-Smith, Hamilton, Colby, Middlebury and Mount Holyoke. The Jeffs suffered a close loss in the Walker Cup final last season to the Williams-Smith Herons (5-4) and aspire to take the Division C cup this year. Within the NESCAC, Amherst will fight to maintain its lead over Tufts, Conn. College and Wesleyan, while hopefully trumping other conference opponents, namely Hamilton, Colby and Middlebury.