Athletics

Amherst Finishes As Runner-Up in 2010 Summers Cup

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NEW HAVEN, CT – The 18th-ranked Amherst College men’s squash team posted a 2-1 record this weekend at the CSA Team National Championships on the campus of Yale University, earning 18th place overall. Amherst topped #23 Colby College and #19 Tufts University in the first two rounds of the Summers Cup (C Division), setting up a showdown with #17 Middlebury in the cup title match this afternoon. The Lord Jeffs fell to the Panthers for the third time this year, ending the year with a 5-4 loss.

On Friday morning, Amherst advanced past the Mules with a 6-3 win. The victory was the second of the season over Colby, with the Lord Jeffs winning by a larger margin than their 5-4 win Jan. 23. In this weekend’s win, Colby took the top three matches, while the middle and bottom of Amherst’s ladder swept matches four through nine. After seeing the top third of Amherst’s team win just two games in three bouts, the remainder of the Lord Jeffs each won their matches 3-0.

On Saturday afternoon, the Jeffs advanced to the Summers Cup finale with a thrilling 5-4 win over the Jumbos. In the win, Charles Loesch-Quintin (Philadelphia, PA), Tom Rapisarda (New York, NY) and Todd Lavine (Atherton, CA) each won their matches 3-0, but the closest bout came all the way down in the number nine match. Sophomore Zach Porges (Philadelphia, PA) defeated Tufts’ Will Salisbury 3-2 to help clinch the match. Porges won the first two games 11-5 and 11-3, but Salisbury turned momentum in his favor with back-to-back 11-8 wins. Porges gutted out a tough 11-9 win in the pivotal fifth game.

In today’s title match, Amherst’s run towards a Summers’ Cup title came to an end with a 5-4 loss to the Middlebury Panthers. The win was the third this season for Middlebury over Amherst, and the second 5-4 result. In the NESCAC Tournament just two weeks ago, the Panthers pulled out a 7-2 win over the Lord Jeffs. Individual results for today’s match are not yet available.

With the 2-1 weekend, Amherst’s season comes to an end with an overall record of 12-9. This year will stand as the Lord Jeffs' best finish since the 1996-97 season, when Amherst went 14-4 and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation. The CSA Individual Championships will be held on the campus of Trinity College Mar. 5-7.

QUARTERFINALS – Friday, Feb. 19 (@ Yale)
#18 Amherst College def. #23 Colby College, 6-3
1. Harry Smith (C) def. Brian Warner (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-7)
2. William Sullivan (C) def. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A), 3-1 (11-4, [8-11], 11-9, 11-9)
3. Alexander Fulton (C) def. Steve Severson (A), 3-1 (11-7, 11-4, [5-11], 11-5)
4. Andrew Kriete (A) def. Nat Cooper (C), 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-6)
5. Kevin Cecala (A) def. Daniel Lesser (C), 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 12-10)
6. Tom Rapisarda (A) def. Peter Gabranski (C), 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-8)
7. Matt Arnold (A) def. William Greenberg (C), 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-2)
8. Todd Lavine (A) def. Schuyler Weiss (C), 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 14-12)
9. Lee Banta (A) def. Ken Cramer (C), 3-0 (11-8, 11-2, 11-5)

SEMIFINALS – Saturday, Feb. 20 (@ Yale)
#18 Amherst College def. #19 Tufts University, 5-4
1. Alex Gross (T) def. Brian Warner (A), 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-8)
2. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A) def. John Subranni (T), 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-8)
3. Zach Bradley (T) def. Steve Severson (A), 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-2)
4. Ben Rind (T) def. Andrew Kriete (A), 11-5, 11-6, Ret.
5. Kevin Cecala (A) def. Max Dalury (T), 3-1 (11-3, [7-11], 12-10, 11-1)
6. Tom Rapisarda (A) def. Sheldon Taylor (T), 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-6
7. Scott Leighton (T) def. Matt Arnold (A), 3-1 (11-5, 13-11, [9-11], 11-7)
8. Todd Lavine (A) def. Henry Miller (T), 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-9)
9. Zach Porges (A) def. Will Salisbury (T), 3-2 (11-5, 11-3, [8-11], [8-11], 11-9)

FINALS – Sunday, Feb. 21 (@ Yale)
#17 Middlebury def. #18 Amherst College, 5-4
Individual results not yet available