Amherst Ready to Improve in 2013-14


Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - Finishing fifth at the NESCAC Championships, the Amherst men's squash team closed out the 2012-13 season with a 12-13 record. 

Falling to Bowdoin (6-3) in the opening round of the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, the Jeffs rallied to defeat Conn. College (5-4) before taking down Drexel (5-4) in the Summers Cup C Division Consolation Finals to place 21st overall. 

Entering his 27th season at the helm of the men's squash program,Peter Robson has compiled a 282-206 overall mark, standing just 18 victories shy of the 300-win plateau. Losing just one starter to graduation, Amherst returns a talented group of veterans poised to make a run at the program's first NESCAC title since 1993.

Noah Browne '16 returns after an exceptional rookie campaign in which he posted a 19-8 overall record. Winning seven-in-a-row from Feb. 2-Mar. 3 Browne finally saw his streak come to an end with a loss to Dartmouth's Robbie Maycock in the quarterfinal round of the Molloy Division at the CSA Individual Championships. The only Jeff to participate in the national tournament, the first-team All-NESCAC honoree posted a 3-1 mark, closing out the season with wins in 12 of his final 14 matches.

One of the team's top performers a year ago, Scott DeSantis '15saw significant action near the top of the Amherst lineup, playing in the third slot during the CSA Team Championships. A 2011-12 All-Conference honoree, DeSantis was 11-10 entering the national tournament, but dropped two of his final three outings to finish with a 12-12 record.

Coming into his own at the tailend of last season, David Kerr '14went 7-3 over his final 10 matches. Predominately playing in the middle of the Jeff order he went 3-0 in the No. 4 slot during the CSA Team Championships in late February. Fellow co-captain Alex Southmayd '15 also saw time in the heart of the Amherst lineup in 2012, racking up 10 wins entering the national tournament.

Going 16-9 last year, Max Kardon '15 played a key role in the Purple & White's success, playing in the No. 6 position during the CSAs. Winning two of his three NESCAC Championship matches, he was 3-0 at nationals, closing out the postseason with a stellar 5-1 mark. 

Also returning to the Jeff lineup are Stephen Cacouris '16Jake Albert '15 and Rodrigo Miranda '14. All three saw action at last year's CSA Championship, with Cacouris playing in the No. 7 slot, followed by Albert, who finished the year with a 12-13 record, at No. 8 and Miranda at No. 9.

Hoping to add depth to the Amherst roster is a talented first-year class that includes, Darian EhsaniMichael GrootJacob Pfau, Jeremy Van and Peter Woolverton.

Amherst opens its 2013-14 season with a home match against Northeastern on Nov. 16. The Jeffs also play host to Yale on Dec. 6 before hitting the road for a match-up with Middlebury to kick-off the New Year on Jan. 14. 

Amherst will play host to six home games as part of the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Jan. 17-19, before traveling to Brown on Jan. 21. The Purple & White will also host this year's Little Three Championships on Jan. 26, before traveling to the NESCAC Championships at Hamilton on Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Bowdoin hosts this season's Division III Invitational on Feb. 7-9, while Princeton welcomes the CSA Team Championships on Feb. 14-16. The University of Pennsylvania will host the CSA Individual Tournament on Feb. 28-Mar. 2.