Browne Strong but Jeffs Fall to Wesleyan, Williams

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Noah Browne ’16 notched a pair of wins atop the lineup but the Amherst College men’s squash team came up short in both matches at Saturday’s Little Three Championships hosted by Williams. For the second consecutive weekend, the 22nd-ranked Lord Jeffs engaged in a tight battle with No. 21 Wesleyan but fell, 6-3, before an 8-1 setback to the 11th-ranked Ephs in the nightcap.

After a 5-4 setback to the Cardinals at last weekend’s Pioneer Valley Invitational, the Jeffs once again lost a close one with their Little Three rivals, this time falling 6-3 despite strong play at the top. Browne began his impressive day with a 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-5) dispatching of John Steele ’14 and Scott DeSantis ’15 was solid at No. 3, overcoming a tense first-game loss to take down Daniel Sneed ’15, 3-1(10-12, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7).

At No. 6, Steve Cacouris ’16 was the only other Jeff to find the win column, pulling away in the fourth after three close opening games to beat Ethan Moritz ’14, 3-1 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5). In the next slot up, Max Kardon ’15 made a strong comeback bid, taking the third and fourth games from Mike DeLalio ’15 but coming up short in the fifth for a 3-2 (11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3) setback.

Browne starred again in the nightcap as he took down Kevin Chen ’15 of Williams for the Jeffs’ lone win. Dropping the opening game, 11-4, the Amherst rookie rallied with 11-6 and 11-4 wins before Chen took the fourth, 11-8, to force a tiebreaker. Browne was too strong in the final frame, however, powering to an 11-6 win and establishing himself as the man to beat in the Little Three.

The results were less encouraging for the rest of the Jeffs, however, as Williams swept all but the No. 3 match. Carrying over momentum from his Wesleyan win, DeSantis took the opener from Taylor Foehl ’14 but it was all he could manage in a 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-2) setback.

The Jeffs will be back in action Friday through Sunday of next weekend at the NESCAC Championships hosted by Trinity.

WESELEYAN 6, AMHERST 3
1. Noah Browne (A) def. John Steele (W), 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-5)
2. Guy Davidson (W) def. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A), 3-1 (11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4)
3. Scott DeSantis (A) def. Daniel Sneed (W), 3-1 (10-12, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7)
4. Zander Nassikas (W) def. Alex Southmayd (A), 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-7)
5. Mike DeLalio (W) def. Max Kardon (A), 3-2 (11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3)
6. Steve Cacouris (A) def. Ethan Moritz (W), 3-1 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5)
7. Raheem Logan (W) def. Jake Albert (A), 3-1 (11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5)
8. Blair Corbin (W) def. Kelvin Chen (A), 3-1 (5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6)
9. Jeffrey Berman (W) def. Rodrigo Miranda (A), 3-1 (11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6)
10. Jason Brandner (W) def. Nick Sorrentino (A), 3-0 (11-3, 11-8, 11-4)

WILLIAMS 8, AMHERST 1
1. Noah Browne (A) def. Kevin Chen (W), 3-2 (4-11, 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6)
2. Nick Marks (W) def. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-3)
3. Taylor Foehl (W) def. Scott DeSantis (A), 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-2)
4. Alex Geaves-Tunnell (W) def. Alex Southmayd (A), 3-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-1)
5. Julian Drobetsky (W) def. Max Kardon (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-4)
6. Mike Petrick (W) def. Steve Cacouris (A), 3-0 (11-0, 11-5, 11-4)
7. Jack Ervasti (W) def. Jake Albert (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-3)
8. Ryan Eagan (W) def. Kelvin Chen (A), 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-2)
9. Rohan Paranjpe (W) def. Rodrigo Miranda (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-7, 11-9)
10. Kai Graham (W) def. Nick Sorrentino (A), 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-5)