Amherst Set to Carry Momentum From Walker Cup Win
Junior Hayley Milbourn earned
All-NESCAC Second Team honors
last season for Amherst.
The Amherst College women’s squash team went 10-3 down the stretch last season, including a trio of victories at the CSA Nationals to win the Walker Cup, finishing the season at 16-10. The Lord Jeffs started the season strong, winning four of their first five matches heading into the Holiday break. Upon return from the break, Amherst stumbled against tough opposition, dropping six of the next eight matches. After a disappointing 8-1 loss to Brown on January 20, Amherst got back on track with during the Smith/Mt. Holyoke Invitational Tournament the following weekend. During the tournament, Amherst went 4-0, with convincing wins over Colby, Wellesley, William Smith and Franklin & Marshall. In the final weeks of the season, Amherst lost just three more matches, two of which came during Amherst’s 7th place finish at the NESCAC Championships.
In the Howe Cup tournament, Amherst topped Saint Lawrence 9-0, Wesleyan 6-3 and Tufts 7-2. With a 16-10 record, Amherst had the most successful season during head coach Tom Carmean’s four-year stint as head coach. With the strong finish to the year last February, Amherst will look to carry momentum into this season.
Amherst graduated just one senior in captain Melissa Moulton. After coming to Amherst as a highly touted tennis player, Moulton picked up squash early on during her time on campus. After just a few short seasons, Moulton made an impact on the women’s squash program, and earned the respect of the program as a captain.
Amherst’s junior class will once again be the core of the team with co-captain Allie Dalglish leading the team. Dalglish has played as Amherst’s No. 1 in nearly every match since arriving on campus, while classmate Hayley Milbourn earned Second Team All-NESCAC honors last year. Junior Caitlin Demkin has been a fiery competitor for Amherst, and has played as high as No. 3 consistently. Classmates Mimi Bell and Veronica Roca have made significant strides in the last few seasons, and should contribute this season.
Sophomores Megan Clower, Caroline Dreyspool, Kate Savage and Anna Scheidt played a major role as rookies last year, and will once again be counted on to help the program climb in the CSA rankings. They quartet set the tone for Amherst’s first-years coming in, which as a group of six new players will constitute Amherst’s largest class.
First-years Chandler Lusardi, Sarah Nyirjesy, Anne Piper and Ginny Wheeler have already stepped into practice with the team, while classmate Mary Katherine McNeil and sophomore Rachel Lupien are still competing in NCAA Tournament play for the Amherst field hockey team.
Amherst is set to open the season on Saturday January 9, 2010 at Middlebury for a dual match. The following weekend, Amherst will host both U-Penn and Dartmouth, before traveling to face Brown mid-week on January 16. January 22-24, Amherst will face Franklin & Marshall, Colby, William Smith, Hamilton and Conn College at the 2010 Amherst Invitational, before competing at the Little Threes on January 30.