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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Amherst men's squash sophomore standout Noah Browne capped off another solid season with a strong showing at the 2014 College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
The lone Jeff competitor in the tournament's four men's and women's groupings for the second-consecutive season, Browne advanced to the consolation quarterfinals of the Pool Division, posting a 1-2 mark on the weekend.
The 18th-ranked player in the 32-person field, Browne opened championship play with a 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-5) loss to Columbia's Ramit Tandon. Moving into the consolation bracket, Browne ground out a five-set victory over 20th-ranked Neil Martin of Yale.
Edging out his Bulldog counterpart 13-11 in the first set, the sophomore dropped the second by a score of 11-6. Notching an 11-6 triumph of his own in the third, Browne fell into a tie with a 11-4 setback in the fourth frame. Rebounding from the loss, he picked up an 11-7 decision in the tie break to advance to the quarterfinals. Facing off against No. 22 Ahmed Hatata on Saturday afternoon, Browne saw his run finally come to an end with a 3-1 (7-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-3) defeat.
A first team All-NESCAC selection, Browne posted a 13-5 first position record during match play before going 4-1 at the first-ever Division III Invitational. After three consecutive wins, Browne fell in five sets in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Taylor Foehl to finish third overall in the 32- player men's 'A' division bracket.
Following the DIII Invitational, Browne led the Jeffs at the CSA Team Championships with a victory against No. 19 Brown and another win against Colby.