MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – In their third match of the season, No. 21 Amherst College men's squash suffered a 9-0 defeat at the hands of No. 19 Middlebury on Thursday evening at Bostwick Family Squash Center.
With the setback, the Mammoths move to 1-2 on the season while the Panthers get back in the win column after dropping four straight matches, moving to 2-4 overall.
At the top of the ladder, Adam Lichtmacher '23 lined up against Nick Bermingham and stole the opening set 11-8 to go up 1-0 on the Panther. Battling back in the second, Bermingham secured an 11-8 triumph to tie things at 1-1 heading into the third set. Bermingham wasn't thwarted moving forward, securing #1 singles with 11-4, 11-8 wins in the third and fourth set.
At #3 and #4, Nathaniel Mosse '23 and Reginald Brewster '20 were swept in straight sets and held to fewer than five points in each, except for Brewster's second set against Jacob Kagan where he fought for seven, but was held off down the stretch for an 11-7 loss.
Mitchell Ford '20 posted five points in each set during his matchup against John Epley, but fell in each (11-5, 11-5, 11-5), while Shayan Hussain '22 was limited to two points in his opening set against Nate Moll, eventually dropping the final two sets as well at #6 (11-2, 11-5, 11-6).
Mateen Mills '20 dueled with PK Keller at #7, opening with eight points in the first set, but the Panther held out to clinch another victory for the home side, 11-8, 11-5, 11-3.
Before Alexander Schwartz '23 dropped an 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 decision at #9, Rohil Bathija '23 was down 2-0 and forced extra points in the third set, however, Wiatt Hinton held out for the 12-10 victory.
In the final match of the day, Will Cembales was challenged by Charlie Sutherby '22 after the sophomore was relentless in the opening set, but came up short (12-10). In the final two sets, Cembalest downed Sutherby (11-4, 11-7) to solidify the sweep for Middlebury.
The lone win came in the exhibition match between Kaetu Wleh '23 and Alex Giles. The Mammoth won in straight sets, winning 11-7 in the first two before capping off the match with an 11-4 decision in the third.
Continuing their road trip, the Mammoths travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. to face Bates on Jan. 18th, starting at 3:00 PM before returning to their home courts for a 2:00 p.m. meeting against Bowdoin on Jan. 20th. Middlebury is set to host Franklin & Marshall on Monday with a scheduled time of 12:00 p.m.