Jeffs Trip Up Bowdoin, Take Fifth at NESCAC

Contact: Matthew Hart

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The seventh-seeded Amherst College men’s squash team made it two upsets in a row Sunday morning, notching a 6-3 win over No. 5 Bowdoin College in the fifth-place match to cap an impressive weekend at the NESCAC Championship hosted by Trinity.

For the second consecutive year, the Lord Jeffs broke seed at the conference tournament after last year’s sixth-seeded squad also finished fifth. Avenging an 8-1 loss to Bowdoin on Jan. 16, Amherst carried over momentum from Saturday’s big win over Wesleyan, taking down the Polar Bears in fine fashion as only two matchups went five games.

Avenging a 3-0 loss to Andrew Hilbodt ’13 in their January match, Noah Browne ’16 took the No. 1 match for Amherst, winning two tight games before dominating the third for a 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-2) sweep. Rebounding from a 0-2 Saturday, Charles Loesch-Quintin ’13 made his final NESCAC match a memorable one as the Jeff No. 2 bounced back from a first-game loss to Stephan Danyluk ’14, winning the next three for a 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10) triumph.

The Polar Bears picked up a win at No. 3 as William Fantini ’13 held off a comeback attempt from David Kerr ’14, 3-1 (11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-3), but Scott DeSantis ’15 was strong for Amherst at No. 4, pulling away from Matt Cooper ’16, 3-1 (11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7), and Alex Southmayd ’15 was even stronger in the next slot down as he swept Reid Wilson ’14 taking two tight games, 11-9 and 11-8, before cruising in the third, 11-2.

Max Kardon ’15 was another 3-1 winner for the Jeffs at No. 6 as he recovered from an 11-6 first-game loss, winning the next three, 11-9, 11-8 and 11-9 for an exciting win over Max Bearse ’15. Bowdoin took the seventh slot as Andrew Ward ’15 swept Steve Cacouris ’16 (11-9, 12-10, 11-1), but Jake Albert ’15 notched his second five-game win in as many matches, taking the No. 8 contest from Will Winmill ’14 as he came back from a 2-1 deficit, winning a pair of tight games for a thrilling 3-2 (5-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9) win.

In the bottom spot, Kelvin Chen ’16 nearly matched Albert’s comeback, but the rookie fell just short in the tiebreaker, falling 3-2 (11-6, 4-11, 11-5, 4-11, 13-11) to Alex Reisley ’16.

Whether or not they meet on the courts, the Jeffs will see the Polar Bears again soon as Amherst travels to Bowdoin next weekend for the Division III Invitational.

Saturday Recap

Friday Recap

Full NESCAC Schedule

NO. 7 AMHERST 6, NO. 5 BOWDOIN, 3
1. Noah Browne (A) def. Andrew Hilboldt (B), 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-2)
2. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A) def. Stephan Danyluk (B), 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10)
3. William Fantini (B) def. David Kerr (A), 3-1 (11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-3)
4. Scott DeSantis (A) def. Matt Cooper (B), 3-1 (11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7)
5. Alex Southmayd (A) def. Reid Wilson (B), 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-2)
6. Max Kardon (A) def. Max Bearse (B), 3-1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9)
7. Andrew Ward (B) def. Steve Cacouris (A), 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-1)
8. Jake Albert (A) def. Will Winmill (B), 3-2 (5-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9)
9. Alex Reisley (B) def. Kelvin Chen (A), 3-2 (11-6, 4-11, 11-5, 4-11, 13-11)
10. Mico Lim (B) def. Peter Mack (A), 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-8)