Athletics

Amherst Squash Teams Both Place Second at Little Threes

By Jesse Corradi '08

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s and women’s squash teams played host to archrivals Williams College and Wesleyan University for this year’s Little Three Championship at Davenport Court this afternoon. The Ephs of Williams came away with the Little Three title, with Amherst grabbing second place and Wesleyan finishing in third.

The Amherst women came out strong against the Wesleyan Cardinals, dropping only one match during the afternoon session. Senior co-captain Libby Martin (St. Louis, MO) played especially well, losing only five points the entire match. Joining Martin was first-year Allie Dalglish (Fort Washington, PA) who defeated her opponent 9-1, 9-1, 9-0.

The second round against the Ephs was a bit more difficult. Although the Lord Jeffs were unable to grab a game from Williams, Laurel LeMontagne (Moraga, CA) gave her opponent a tough time all match, showing her tenacity and never-say-quit attitude.

The Amherst men soundly defeated Wesleyan in the opening round, beating the Cardinals 9-0 and dropping only a single game in the contest. First-year Tom Rapisarda (New York, NY) only gave up three points to his challenger while junior Ben Bishop (Seattle, WA) kept his opponent to under five points in each game.

The Lord Jeff men played an exhausting and emotional second contest with the archrival Ephs. Playing in the number-two spot, junior Drew Blacker (Summit, NJ) played with grit and heart and he bested his opponent in an up-and-down four-game match. Also playing well for the Jeffs was junior Jerome Giovinazzo (Staten Island, NY) who stuck with his opponent throughout the final match of the evening. Senior co-captain Andrew Slutsky (Providence, RI) and Ben Bishop also pushed their matches to four games but were unable to bring home the victory.

The Williams men’s and women’s teams defeated Wesleyan in the afternoon contest, 9-0, to claim the Little Three prize.

The Amherst men’s squad finishes 9-9 on the season, while the women end up at 10-13 with today’s win and loss. Both teams will play in the upcoming CSA National Tournaments, with opponents and match times still to be set.

Women’s Results
Amherst 8 - Wesleyan 1
1. A - A. Dalglish over C. Simchick 9-1, 9-1, 9-0
2. A - H. Milbourn over G. Hunter 9-1, 9-2, 9-0
3. A - L. Martin over A. Giuliano 9-5, 9-0, 9-0
4. A - C. Demkin lost to E. Demakos 9-6, 6-9, 8-10, 5-9
5. A - D. Kirkwood over E. Larner 9-0, 9-1, 9-6
6. A - M. Moulton over K. Bhandari 9-3, 9-1, 9-1
7. A - L. LaMontague over C. Janin 9-5, 9-0, 9-1
8. A - H. Merves over K. Kalafus 9-3, 6-9, 9-4, 9-3
9. A - M. Bell over J. Chu 9-0, 9-3, 9-1   

Williams 9 - Amherst 0
1. W- T. Eyre over A. Dalglish 9-0, 9-3, 9-2
2. W- J. Coxe over H. Milbourn 9-4, 9-0, 9-1
3. W- C. Warner over L. Martin 9-1, 9-0, 9-1
4. W- A. Kourides over C. Demkin 9-1, 9-0, 9-1
5. W- C. Henry over D. Kirkwood 9-3, 9-2, 9-0
6. W- C. Hsu over M. Moulton 9-4, 9-0, 9-0
7. W- A. Rottkamp over L. LaMontagne 9-6, 9-1, 9-1
8. W- J. Reiser over H. Merves 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
9. W- K. Mannava over M. Bell 9-2, 9-0, 9-1

Men’s Results
Amherst
9 – Wesleyan 0
1. A – M. Rapisarda over R. Broadfoot 9-7, 9-3, 9-0
2. A – D. Blacker over M. Candal 9-5, 9-1, 10-9, 9-0
3. A – J. Giovinazzo over E. Lodge 9-3, 9-3, 9-6
4. A – A. Slutsky over D. Charness 9-6, 9-6, 9-0
5. A – T. Rapisarda over B. Barnes 9-0, 9-3, 9-0
6. A – K. Cecala over J. Golden 10-8, 9-0, 9-4
7. A – B. Bishop over D. Kobrin 9-3, 9-2, 9-4
8. A – L. Banta over N. Fowles 9-3, 9-2, 9-2
9. A – N. Kramer over T. Snell 10-9, 9-4, 9-3

Williams 8 - Amherst 1
1. W – J. Barry over M. Rapisarda   9-1, 9-6, 9-3
2. A – E. Buchsbaum lost to D. Blacker  9-7, 5-9, 9-7, 9-6
3. W – T.Maruca over J. Giovanazano   9-5, 4-9, 9-2, 9-5
4. W – G. Miller over A. Slutsky  6-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-1
5. W – W. Gruner over T. Rapisarda  9-5, 9-4, 9-2
6. W – M. Phillips over K. Cecara  9-5, 9-1, 9-6
7. W – C. Henry over B. Bishop 10-9, 3-9, 9-3, 9-3
8. W – B. Yaros over L. Banta  9-1, 9-0, 9-2
9. W – C. Henze over N. Kramer  9-1, 9-1, 9-1