Athletics

Amherst Posts 2-0 Record on Final Day of Pioneer Valley Invite

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men's squash team posted a 2-0 record on the third and final day of the 2011 Pioneer Valley Invitational, cruising to a 9-0 win over Connecticut College before edging Colby College, 5-4.

The Lord Jeffs went 3-3 over the course of the weekend to bring their season record to 6-5. They will return to action Wednesday, Jan. 19, when they host 13th-ranked Brown University at 1 p.m.

Amherst’s match against Connecticut College saw seven Lord Jeffs win by a 3-0 margin. Charles Loesch-Quintin ’13 (Philadelphia, PA) suffered a 13-11 loss in his opening game at No. 3 but rallied to take the next three games, including an 11-1 result that wrapped up the comeback. The No. 2 match between Amherst’s Kevin Cecala ’11 (Wilmington, DE) and the Camels’ John Sluder was knotted at 1-1 after two games, but it was Cecala who rallied to win the final two, 11-5 and 11-6.

The Lord Jeffs’ bout with Colby was much closer, as five of the matches required five games to decide a winner. Highlighting the afternoon was a great battle between Amherst’s Andrew Kriete ’11 (Chatham, NJ) and Colby’s Harry Smith in the No. 1 match. With all eyes on the teams’ top two players, Kriete won the first two games comfortably (11-5, 11-3), but Smith stayed alive with an 11-5 win in the third. Smith then jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the fourth game, only to have Kriete battle back and take a 7-6 lead. Smith stopped the bleeding and tied things up at 7-7, but Kriete would win the next three points and set up match point. Not only did Smith storm right back to win the fourth game (12-10), but he would earn an 11-3 victory in the fifth game to wrap up one of the most thrilling matches of the weekend.

Four of the five matches that required five games went the Mules’ way, with Loesch-Quintin accounting for Amherst’s lone 3-2 win. Loesch-Quintin won his first two games (11-5, 11-9) and dropped his next two (11-3, 12-10), but he gathered himself for an 11-7 victory in the deciding frame. Amherst’s other four wins came in 3-0 fashion.

Pioneer Valley Squash Invitational – Day 3
#19 Amherst def. #26 Conn. College, 9-0
1) Andrew Kriete (A) def. Hunter Bolling (C) 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 11-4)
2) Kevin Cecala (A) def. John Sluder (C) 3-1 (11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6)
3) Charles Loesch-Quintin (A) def. Tyler Stilwell (C) 3-1 (11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-1)
4) Tom Rapisarda (A) def. Jeremy Wong (C) 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-4)
5) David Kerr (A) def. Asa Welty (C) 3-0 (11-6, 11-2, 11-4)
6) Steve Severson (A) def. Blay Bradley (C) 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-2)
7) Todd Lavine (A) def. Justin Curtis (C) 3-0 (11-2, 11-9, 11-5)
8) Matt Arnold (A) def. Sam Gevirtz (C) 3-0 (11-3, 11-8, 11-5)
9) Rodrigo Miranda (A) def. Ben Thaler (C) 3-0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-7)
10) Peter Flynn (C) def. Tony Sheng (A) 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 13-11)

#19 Amherst def. #24 Colby, 5-4
1) Harry Smith (C) def. Andrew Kriete (A) 3-2 (5-11, 3-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-3)
2) William Sullivan (C) def. Kevin Cecala (A) 3-2 (9-11, 13-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-5)
3) Charles Loesch-Quintin (A) def. Alex Fulton (C) 3-2 (11-5, 11-9, 3-11, 10-12, 11-7)
4) Tom Rapisardsa (A) def. Nat Cooper (C) 3-0 (13-11, 11-7, 11-5)
5) David Kerr (A) def. Roy Simpson (C) 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-0)
6) Steve Severson (A) def. Will Hochman (C) 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-6)
7) Steve Carroll (C) def. Todd Lavine (A) 3-2 (11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 2-11, 11-8)
8) Matt Arnold (A) def. Pete Gabranski (C) 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-9)
9) Darryl Soto (C) def. Rodrigo Miranda (A) 3-2 (14-12, 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6)
10) Will Greenberg (C) def. Nick Sorrentino (A) 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-7)