Athletics

Men's Squash Romps Over Northeastern, MIT

Contact: Matthew Hart

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 23 Amherst College men’s squash team picked up a pair of 9-0 victories on the MIT courts Saturday, shutting out Northeastern without dropping a set to start the day before blanking the host Engineers in the nightcap. Rebounding from season-opening setbacks to Drexel and George Washington, the Lord Jeffs improved to 2-2 on their last day of competition before the New Year.

In the opening match with Northeastern, the first set of the No. 1 contest provided the most drama as Amherst’s Scott DeSantis ’15 edged Dennis Brinkoader 13-11 before cruising to set wins of 11-0 and 11-7 for the 3-0 victory. Charles Loesch-Quintin ’13 had an easier go in the second slot, topping Greg Berson 11-4, 11-3, 11-2, while Alex Southmayd ’15 held off Stan Berensten in the No. 3 position, 11-7, 11-8 and 11-6. Max Kardon ’15 continued the impressive play of Amherst’s sophomore class with a 3-0 win over Northeastern’s Keith Sproat at No. 4 (11-5, 11-7, 11-3), while David Kerr ’14 had little trouble in shutting out Louie Sitwell in the fifth slot (11-2, 11-2, 11-6).

In the second half of the lineup, Jake Albert ’15 was another sophomore standout at No. 6 as he dispatched of Phil Huntley (11-5, 11-3, 11-1). It was smooth sailing for Peter Mack ’15 as well, as he handled Alan Scott-Barrett in the seventh match, 11-2, 11-1, 11-2. Emmett Knowlton ’15 had the biggest win of the day at No. 8 as he lost just three points in his shutout of Daniel Hsu (11-1, 11-1, 11-1), while Nick Sorrentino ’13 won by default in the final slot of the Amherst table.

The Jeffs nearly achieved a second immaculate 9-0 win in the finale of the day as MIT’s coed squad took only one set from Amherst. Playing in the No. 4 slot, Southmayd held off an upset-minded Gray Riley in three close sets (11-8, 11-9, 11-8), while DeSantis faced a stiff challenge from David Bian in the final two sets of his 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-9) win in the second position. Loesch-Quintin had a pair of tight sets in his No. 3 match with Bowen Baker but hung on for the sweep (11-7, 11-1, 11-9), while Noah Browne ’16 returned to the top of the Jeffs’ lineup after taking the morning off and handled Sung Won Cho without drama (11-3, 11-4, 11-1).

Playing in the fifth slot, Kardon dispatched of Abhi Mitra (11-4, 11-3, 11-7), while Kerr had similar success in the next position down, making quick work of Sunny Long (11-5, 11-2, 11-6). In his first matchup of the day, Kelvin Chen ’16 sank Marina Crowe in the seventh spot (11-5, 11-7, 11-5), while Albert continued his success with a No. 8 blanking of Tanya Ivonchyk (11-4, 11-4, 11-7). MIT picked up its one set win of the day in the final lineup slot, as Woo Hyeok Kang took the second from Mack before falling 3-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4).

After breaking for the Holidays, Amherst will be back in action with a pair of home matches on Sunday, Jan. 13. The Jeffs host Connecticut College at 11 a.m. before wrapping up the day against Middlebury in a 3 p.m. match on Davenport Courts.

No. 23 Amherst 9, No. 44 NORTHEASTERN 0
1. Scott DeSantis (A) def. Dennis Brinkoader (N), 3-0 (13-11, 11-0, 11-7)
2. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A) def. Greg Berson (N), 3-0 (11-4, 11-3, 11-2)
3. Alex Southmayd (A) def. Stan Berensten (N), 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-6)
4. Max Kardon (A) def. Keith Sproat (N), 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-3)
5. David Kerr (A) def. Louie Sitwell (N), 3-0 (11-2, 11-2, 11-6)
6. Jake Albert (A) def. Phil Huntley (N), 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-1)
7. Peter Mack (A) def. Alan Scott Barret (N), 3-0 (11-2, 11-1, 11-2)
8. Emmet Knowlton (A) def. Daniel Hsu (N), 3-0 (11-1, 11-1, 11-1)
9. Nick Sorrentino (A) by default

No. 23 Amherst 9, No. 33 MIT 0
1. Noah Browne (A) def. Sung Won Cho (M), 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-1)
2. Scott DeSantis (A) def. David Bian (M), 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-9)
3. Charles Loesch-Quintin (A) def. Bowen Baker (M), 3-0 (11-7, 11-1, 11-9)
4. Alex Southmayd (A) def. Gray Riley (M), 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-8)
5. Max Kardon (A) def. Abhi Mitra (M), 3-0 (11-4, 11-3, 11-7)
6. David Kerr (A) def. Sunny Long (M), 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-6)
7. Kelvin Chen (A) def. Marina Crowe (M), 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5)
8. Jake Albert (A) def. Tanya Ivonchyk (M), 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-7)
9. Peter Mack (A) def. Woo Hyeok Kang (M), 3-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4)