Jeffs Return Eight of Nine from Ladder for 2010-11

2009-10 SEASON RECAP

Coming off a 6-13 season two years ago, the 2009-10 Lord Jeffs showed promise last year with three straight wins to open the season. During a tough stretch of the schedule that included matches against Middlebury, UPenn, Dartmouth, Brown and F&M, the Jeffs dropped back to 3-5. A gutsy 5-4 win over

Tom Rapisarda
Senior co-captain Tom Rapisarda returns to help
lead the 2010-11 Lord Jeffs.

Colby to open the Amherst Invitational sparked a five-match win streak, as Amherst would remain above .500 for the rest of the season. Highlights of the season include a pair of wins within a one week period over Little Three archrival Wesleyan, and wins over Colby and Tufts at the CSA Team Championships. With a loss to Middlebury in the final match of the season, Amherst finished 12-9, ranked as the #18 team in the nation. At the national tournament, the Jeffs earned Runner-Up honors in the CSA’s Summers Cup Division.

THIS YEAR’S LINEUP

Amherst head coach Peter Robson returns for his 23rd season at the helm of the men’s squash program with eight of his nine regular players from last season at his side. Amherst graduated just two seniors from last year in co-captains Lee Banta and Nick Kramer. The Lord Jeffs return their top eight players from last season, led by senior Brian Warner. Warner played as Amherst’s number one last year, earning Second Team All-NESCAC honors as a junior.

Sophomore Charles Loesch-Quintin and junior Steve Severson return at the number two and three spots, while senior Andrew Kriete and co-captains Kevin Cecala and Tom Rapisarda return in the middle of the ladder for the Jeffs. Juniors Matt Arnold and Todd Lavine also played in the starting lineup for the Jeffs last season and will return to action this winter. With a returning lineup that includes four seniors and three juniors, Amherst heads into the season with one of the most experienced groups in recent history. Also returning this season are seniors Marcelo Cifuentes, Jacob Glass, and Tony Sheng, as well as junior Zach Porges and  sophomore Nick Sorrentino.

Amherst adds a trio of new faces for this season, led by David Kerr, the 27th-ranked player in the last year’s under-19 rankings. First-year Rodrigo Miranda, a top-ranked junior from El Salvador, also joins the Amherst team this year, and he will have the opportunity to compete against his brother, who plays number one for Middlebury. Rounding out the first-year class is Long Island’s Christopher Gerry.

THE SCHEDULE

With a goal of making it into the top-10 in the CSA rankings by season’s end, Robson lists matches against Brown University, and NESCAC rivals Williams, Bates, Bowdoin and Middlebury as the most crucial bouts on the schedule. Amherst opens up play on Dec. 1 against Vassar at home, and will play a pair of matches against Northeastern and MIT in Cambridge on Dec. 11, before breaking for winter vacation. From Jan. 14-16, the Jeffs will host the Amherst Invitational, before hosting the Little Three Championships on Jan. 29.