Lord Jeffs Set to Compete in National Team Championships

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AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s squash team will head to Boston this weekend to compete in the three-day Men’s National Team Championships. Matches will begin Friday, Feb. 25, and will take place at Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern, Belmont Hill, and the Union Boat Club.

Amherst will be one of 63 teams participating in eight divisions. The Lord Jeffs were runners-up in the Summers Cup (C Division) in 2010, suffering a 5-4 loss to Middlebury in the title match to finish with a 12-9 record and a national ranking of 18. Selected to compete in the Summers Cup once again, Amherst will take on 23rd-ranked Stanford University Friday at 5 p.m.

The Lord Jeffs will begin the national tournament with a 12-8 record as winners of eight of their past 11. One more victory would mark the highest win total since head coach Peter Robson’s 1996-97 squad finished at 14-4, but the Jeffs have the chance to finish with as many as 15 wins, which would match the 1995-96 season.

The senior trio of Andrew Kriete ’11, Brian Warner ’11 and Kevin Cecala ’11 will take on the top three spots in Amherst’s lineup, with sophomore Charles Loesch-Quintin coming in at number four. At number five will be Steve Severson ’12, who is 11-5 on the year and has won seven of his past eight matches, followed by Tom Rapisarda ’11 and David Kerr ’14 at six and seven. The bottom of the Jeffs’ lineup has been playing well as of late, as Todd Lavine ’12 (No. 8) has won six of his past eight, while Matt Arnold ’12 is 7-1 in his past eight and is 13-7 overall.

Joining Amherst and Stanford in the Summers Cup this weekend will be No. 17 George Washington, No. 19 Bowdoin, No. 20 Columbia, No. 21 Wesleyan, No. 22 Colby and No. 24 Hamilton. The Lord Jeffs are 5-0 against the field, having already defeated Wesleyan, Hamilton, Colby and Bowdoin (twice) this season.

In the top division, Trinity College will be looking to earn its 13th consecutive National Championship with a Potter Cup victory. Visit throughout the weekend for frequent updates related to the tournament.

Projected Lineup
1. Andrew Kriete
2. Brian Warner
3. Kevin Cecala
4. Charles Loesch-Quintin
5. Steve Severson
6. Tom Rapisarda
7. David Kerr
8. Todd Lavine
9. Matt Arnold

2011 SUMMERS CUP (C Division)
Friday, Feb. 25
#17 GWU vs. #24 Hamilton – 11 a.m. (@ Harvard)
#19 Bowdoin vs. #22 Colby – 11 a.m. (@ Harvard)
#20 Columbia vs. #21 Wesleyan – 11 a.m. (@ Harvard)
#18 Amherst vs. #23 Stanford – 5 p.m. (@ Harvard)

Saturday, Feb. 26
Winner of Amherst/Stanford vs. Winner of Bowdoin/Colby – 3 p.m. (@ Belmont Hill)
Loser of Amherst/Stanford vs. Loser of Bowdoin/Colby – 12 p.m. (@ Belmont Hill)
Winner of GWU/Hamilton vs. Winner of Columbia/Wesleyan – 3 p.m. (@ Belmont Hill)
Loser of GWU/Hamilton vs. Loser of Columbia/Wesleyan – 12 p.m. (@ Belmont Hill)

Sunday, Feb. 27
Championship Match – 12 p.m. (@ Harvard)
19-20 Playoff – 11:30 a.m. (@ Northeastern)
Consolation Finals – 9 a.m. (@ Northeastern)
23-24 Playoff – 9 a.m. (@ Northeastern)