Jeffs Fall to No. 4 Yale, 8-1

BrowneContact: Ben Badua

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AMHERST, Mass. - Despite sophomore Noah Browne’s win at the top of the lineup, the 22nd-ranked Amherst men’s squash team fell to fourth-ranked Yale University on Davenport Courts, 8-1.

Picking up a win in their season opener, the Bulldogs dropped Amherst to 1-1 on the year and will travel to Williamstown, Mass. to face No. 11 Williams later this evening. Taking a break for the holidays, the Jeffs will return to action in the New Year with a Jan. 14 showdown against NESCAC rival Middlebury.

Taking the first frame of his first position match against Kah Wah Cheong ’17, 11-5, Browne lost an 11-5 decision in the second. The sophomore rebounded with an 11-9 victory in the third set, only to see Cheong rally for an 11-9 win of his own in the fourth. The Jeffs’ lone representative at the CSA Individual Championships a year ago, Browne improved to 21-8 in his career and 2-0 on the season with a hard-fought 11-8 triumph in the tiebreak.

Yale’s Thomas Dembinski ’17 made quick work of Amherst co-captain Alex Southmayd ’15, 3-0 (11-3, 11-0, 11-3) in the second slot, while teammate Neil Martin ’14 ousted Michael Groot ’17, 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-8). Bulldog sophomore Zachary Leman got the best of Rodrigo Miranda ’14 in the fourth position, 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-0), while Sam Fenwick ’16 needed just three sets to take down Darian Ehsani ’17, 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8).

Eric Caine ’14 dispatched of Jeremy Van ’17 by an identical score of 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8), while Charlie Wyatt ’14 staved off a Stephen Cacouris ’16 comeback bid in the seventh position. Surrendering the first set, 11-5, Cacouris notched Amherst’s only other point on the afternoon with an 11-8 win in the second. Wyatt responded with an 11-5 victory in the third frame before closing out the match with an 11-4 triumph in the fourth.

After taking the first set of his eighth position match against Kelvin Chen, 11-5, Joseph Roberts ’15 narrowly edged out the Amherst sophomore, 11-8 and 13-11, while Pehlaaj Bajwa ’16 held his own at the bottom of the Bulldog order, turning away Jacob Pfau ’17, 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 12-10).

No. 4 YALE 8, No. 22 AMHERST 1
1. Browne (A) def. Cheong (Y), 3-2 (11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8)
2. Dembinski (Y) def. Southmayd (A), 3-0 (11-3, 11-0, 11-3)
3. Martin (Y) def. Groot (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-8)
4. Leman (Y) def. Miranda (A), 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-0)
5. Fenwick (Y) def. Ehsani (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8)
6. Caine (Y) def. Van (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8)
7. Wyatt (Y) def. Cacouris (A), 3-1 (11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4)
8. Roberts (Y) def. Chen (A), 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 13-11)
9. Bajwa (Y) def. Pfau (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 12-10)