Amherst Heading to Princeton for National Championships


AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s squash team will head to Princeton University this weekend to compete in the three-day Women’s National Team Championships (Howe Cup). Matches will begin Friday, Feb. 18, and will take place at Princeton’s Jadwin and Dillon Gymnasiums and the Lawrenceville School.

Amherst will be one of 39 teams participating in five divisions: Howe Cup (A Division), Kurtz Cup (B Division), Walker Cup (C Division), Epps Cup (D Division), and the E Division. The Lord Jeffs were champions of the C Division in 2009 and finished with a national ranking of 17, and last year they posted a 2-1 record in the B bracket to finish 13th. This year the Jeffs will once again compete in the B Division.

The 13th-ranked Jeffs carry a 15-6 record and a three-match win streak into the national tournament, and Friday at 12:30 p.m. they will take on 12th-ranked Bates in a rubber match. Amherst earned a 6-3 win over the Bobcats on Jan. 15, but Bates evened the season series with a 6-3 win of its own on Feb. 5 in the NESCAC quarterfinals. The pivotal matchups will be at numbers five, eight and nine, which Amherst won in the first meeting but Bates won in the second.

Several players have been excelling for Amherst as of late. Chandler Lusardi ’13 (New York, NY), Allie Dalglish ’11 (Fort Washington, PA) and Anne Piper ’13 (Bronxville, NY) were each undefeated at the conference tournament despite playing against tough competition in the top half of the lineup. Notably, Piper is riding a 12-match win streak, picking up impressive wins over players from Brown, Williams and Bates along the way.

Joining Amherst and Bates in the Kurtz Cup this weekend will be No. 9 Brown, No. 10 Middlebury, No. 11 Williams, No. 14 Columbia, No. 15 Mount Holyoke and No. 16 George Washington. The Lord Jeffs have played well against the field, suffering hard-fought 7-2 losses to Brown and Williams and a 6-3 setback to Middlebury. Most recently, Amherst earned a 5-4 win at Mount Holyoke.

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Projected Lineup
1. Hayley Milbourn
2. Chandler Lusardi
3. Allie Dalglish
4. Anne Piper
5. Kate Savage
6. Anna Scheidt
7. Evelyn Kramer
8. Mimi Bell
9. Lena Rice

2011 KURTZ CUP (B Division)
Friday, Feb. 18
#9 Brown vs. #16 George Washington – 11:30 a.m.
#12 Bates vs. #13 Amherst – 12:30 p.m.
#11 Williams vs. #14 Columbia – 2 p.m.
#10 Middlebury vs. #15 Mount Holyoke – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19
Winner of Brown/GWU vs. Winner of Amherst/Bates – 9 a.m.
Loser of Brown/GWU vs. Loser of Amherst/Bates – 9 a.m.
Winner of Williams/Columbia vs. Winner of Middlebury/MHC – 4:30 p.m.
Loser of Williams/Columbia vs. Loser of Middlebury/MHC – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 20
11-12 Playoff – 8:30 a.m.
Consolation Final – 8:30 a.m.
15-16 Playoff – 11 a.m.
Championship Match – 11 a.m.