BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Taking to the courts at the Heights Casino Annex, the No. 21 Amherst College men's squash team were unable to counter strong play by the Bobcats at the bottom of the ladder as 25th-ranked Bates College clinched its fourth straight victory, 7-2, Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Mammoths move to 1-3 on the season, while Bates improves to 6-4 overall.
On the first court, Robinson Armour '22 battled Graham Bonnell to a hard-fought and well deserved 3-2 win. After taking the first set (12-10), Armour dropped back-to-back matches to set up a must-win scenario. Standing up to the pressure, Armour bounced back strong, holding Bonnell to six points in each of the next two sets to clinch one of Amherst's two wins on the day.
Charlie Sutherby '22 secured what stood as the Mammoths second and final win, downing Omar Attia in three straight sets (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) in the third position.
In the No. 2 spot, Adam Lichtmacher kept things close in all three sets but was ultimately swept by Jesper Phillips (8-11, 7-11, 4-11). Terrence Wang, Robert Parker, Pavan Nagaraj and Reginald Brewster were also unable to force a fourth set in their matchups despite solid efforts.
Down 2-0 after being edged by Jonathan Walker 9-11, 8-11 on the sixth court, Nathaniel Mosse reversed the scores in set three and four to deadlock the sides at 2-2 and force and fifth and final set. Walker spoiled the comeback effort, logging a 6-11 win to add another Bates victory to the board.
Andrew Leung also forced five sets in the ninth position, sandwiching Sultan Hashmi's 6-11 wins in the second and third sets with 11-7 victories in the first and fourth. The closest set of the match, Hashmi ultimately came out on top in the fifth, 11-8.
In an exhibition match on the 10th court, Mitchell Ford picked up the 3-1 win over Dylan Muldoon in a closely contested battle by scores of 11-7, 11-13, 12-10, 13-11.
Amherst returns to action on Monday, Jan. 20 when they welcome No. 24 Bowdoin to the Davenport Squash Courts for a 2:00PM contest.