Athletics

Jeffs Edge Wesleyan After Williams Loss

Contact: Matthew Hart

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HARTFORD, Conn. – In college basketball, conventional wisdom says it’s very hard to beat the same team three times.

The adage held true on the NESCAC Championship squash courts Saturday, as the seventh-seeded Amherst College men got over the hump, defeating sixth-seeded Wesleyan, 5-4, in the teams’ third meeting in as many weeks. The consolation bracket win moves Amherst on to the fifth-place match with No. 5 Bowdoin Sunday at 10:30 a.m. after the Jeffs were swept by No. 2 Williams in the quarterfinals earlier Saturday.

After Wesleyan had notched 5-4 and 6-3 wins over Amherst at the Pioneer Valley Invitational and Little Three Championship, respectively, the Jeffs finally prevailed in a thrilling contest which saw four matchups go the full five games.

Leading the way for Amherst, No. 1 Noah Browne ’16 battled Wesleyan’s John Steele ’14, rebounding from a 12-10 loss in the opener to take the second game by the same margin. Browne kept it going with an 11-9 win in the third but fell 11-5 in the fourth before taking over down the stretch and winning an 11-5 decision in the tiebreaker.

Wesleyan would win the next three lineup spots as well as No. 9, despite David Kerr ’14 and Scott DeSantis ’15 taking their matches to five, but strong play from Amherst in the fifth through eighth positions was enough to deliver the victory. Alex Southmayd ’15, Max Kardon ’15 and Steve Cacouris ’16 each swept their Cardinal adversaries at Nos. 5-7, respectively, and Jake Albert ’15 held off a Blair Corbin ’15 comeback at No. 8 after winning the first two games, eventually triumphing, 3-2 (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-6).

One week after Browne defeated Williams’ Kevin Chen ’15, 3-2, at the Little Three Championships, the rival number ones engaged in another thrilling battle in the morning quarterfinal. Chen took the opener, 11-8, but Browne battled back with an 11-7 second-game win. In a seesaw third, Chen grabbed momentum with a 12-10 triumph but Browne would not quit, picking up another 11-7 win in the fourth. In the tense tiebreaker, Chen finally pulled out the win in extras, 13-11.

The top match would prove the most competitive, however, as only two other Jeffs avoided sweeps at the hands of the Ephs. At No. 2, Charles Loesch-Quintin ’13 took the third game from Nick Marks ’13 but couldn’t sustain the rally, falling 3-1 (11-8, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5). Meanwhile, at No. 7, Cacouris started things promisingly against Ryan Eagan ’13 as he took the opener, 11-9, but the Eph senior won the next three by 11-8, 11-6 and 11-5 margins.

Friday Recap

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NO. 7 AMHERST 5, NO. 6 WESLEYAN 4
1. Noah Browne (A) def. John Steele (W), 3-2 (10-12, 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5)
2. Guy Davidson (W) def. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-2, 11-2)
3. Mike DeLalio (W) def. David Kerr (A), 3-2 (10-12, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10)
4. Daniel Sneed (W) def. Scott DeSantis (A), 3-2 (11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 4-11, 11-6)
5. Alex Southmayd (A) def. Zander Nassikas (W), 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-9)
6. Max Kardon (A) def. Ethan Moritz (W), 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-5)
7. Steve Cacouris (A) def. Raheem Logan (W), 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 12-10)
8. Jake Albert (A) def. Blair Corbin (W), 3-2 (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-6)
9. Jeffrey Berman (W) def. Kelvin Chen (A), 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-3)

NO. 2 WILLIAMS 9, NO. 7 AMHERST 0
1. Kevin Chen (W) def. Noah Browne (A), 3-2 (11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 13-11)
2. Nick Marks (W) def. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A), 3-1 (11-8, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5)
3. Taylor Foehl (W) def. David Kerr (A), 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-4)
4. Alec Greaves-Tunnell (W) def. Scott DeSantis (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-7, 11-4)
5. Michael Petrick (W) def. Alex Southmayd (A), 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-3)
6. Jack Ervasti (W) def. Max Kardon (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-1, 11-6)
7. Ryan Eagan (W) def. Stephen Cacouris (A), 3-1 (9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5)
8. Kai Graham (W) def. Jake Albert (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-9)
9. Andy Maruca (W) def. Kelvin Chen (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-6)