Lord Jeffs Seeded 18th in CSA National Championships

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AMHERST, MA – Amherst College will head to Yale University for this weekend’s 2010 College Squash Association Men’s National Team Championships. Competition will begin Friday, Feb. 19, and will conclude Sunday, Feb. 21.

Sixty-one teams will be competing in eight divisions, with matches taking place at Yale, Wesleyan University and Choate Rosemary Hall. Eighteenth-ranked Amherst College will be competing in the Summers Cup (C Division) with teams ranked 17th to 24th. Top-ranked Trinity College will be looking to earn its 12th consecutive National Championship with a Potter Cup (A Division) victory.

The Lord Jeffs will begin their weekend by facing No. 23 Colby College Friday at 10 a.m. in the Summers Cup opening round. The winner of that match will move on to play either No. 19 Tufts or No. 22 Hamilton Saturday at noon in the semifinals, while the loser will take on either the Jumbos or Continentals Saturday at 6 p.m. Complete brackets for each of the eight divisions can be found on the CSA website.

Amherst (10-8) was ranked No. 18 in the Feb. 15 final regular season poll as winners of seven of its past 10 matches. The Lord Jeffs have finished with 10 wins in three of the past six years but have not gotten over the 10-victory hump since the 1996-97 season, when Amherst finished at 14-4 as the No. 3 team in the nation. The Lord Jeffs were crowned champions of the Hoehn Cup (B Division) in 1992 and 1994, and won the Summers Cup (C Division) in 2000.

The Jeffs have posted a 3-2 record this season against teams that will compete in the Summers Cup, defeating Colby (5-4, Jan. 23), Tufts (6-3, Feb. 6) and Hamilton (7-2, Jan. 24) and twice falling to Middlebury (5-4, Jan. 13; 7-2, Feb. 7).

Amherst's projected lineup is as follows: 1) Brian Warner ’11; 2) Charles Loesch-Quintin ’13; 3) Steve Severson ’12; 4) Andrew Kriete ’11; 5) Kevin Cecala ’11; 6) Tom Rapisarda ’11; 7) Matt Arnold ’12; 8) Todd Lavine ’12; 9) Lee Banta ’10; 10) Zach Porges ’12; 11) Nick Kramer ’10.

Visit the CSA website for updates throughout the National Championships.