CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The 24th-ranked Amherst College men's squash team was swept by No. 17 Middlebury College, 9-0 in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 CSA Men's National Team Championship hosted by Harvard University at the Murr Center in Cambridge, Mass.
With the loss, Amherst has now lost four straight and moves to 7-11 on the season, while Middlebury improves to 11-8 overall. The Purple & White will now face No. 21 MIT in the consolation semifinals Saturday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m. at MIT, while the Panthers will take on No. 20 Brown University Saturday at 9 a.m. at Harvard.
Brown defeated MIT, 7-2 in their quarterfinal matchup on Friday. Amherst fell to the Engineers, 7-2 in its last regular season meeting of the season at the Davenport Squash Courts on Feb. 11.
Middlebury earned sweeps on courts one, three, and seven to help seal the victory, while Mitch Ford '20 battled his opponent in a five-set thriller, falling (11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 8-11, 17-15) on court nine.
From the number two position, Michael Groot '17 fell, 3-1 (8-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8), while Cameron Bahadori '18 suffered a 3-1 (11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6) setback on court four. On court five, Darian Ehsani '17 fell, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, while Lucas Sheiner '19 also lost in four sets (11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6) on court six. Mateen Mills '20 also fell, 3-1 (8-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-7) from the eighth position.