PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Traveling to the Pizzitola Squash Courts, the No. 21 Amherst College men's squash team was dealt a 9-0 defeat by No. 16 Brown University Tuesday afternoon.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 2-4 on the year, while the Bears improve to 4-4 overall.
At the top of the ladder, Robinson Armour battled to a first set win, 11-9, before Maximo Moyer came roaring back to take the next three and clinch the 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 win for the home team.
Adam Lichtmacher dropped the second longest matchup of the day on the second court, forcing a five set thriller with Declan McCarthy. Both sides posted nine-or-more points in the first three sets, with Lichtmacher going ahead, 2-0 with gritty 11-9, 14-12 wins. A 12-10 win by McCarthy in the third got momentum back on his side, before he posted 11-4, 11-2 wins to cap off the 3-2 comeback victory.
After splitting the first two sets on the fourth court, Terrence Wang was unable to fight off an Ahmed Amin rally, suffering a 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 defeat.
One of the most exciting pairings of the contest came in the fifth position, with Nate Mossé and Nicholas Pitaro battling for just under an hour in a five set clash. With three sets needing more than 11 points to decide a victory, it was Pitaro who finally came out on top, 11-13, 11-4, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7.
Despite the Mammoths staying within striking distance in each set to keep things interesting, Brown secured 3-0 wins on the third court and courts six through nine. In the No. 3 spot, Charlie Sutherby fell to Andrew Wei, 11-8, 11-3, 11-3, while Harrison Boyer downed Pavan Nagaraj in the sixth position. On the seventh court, Blake Gilbert-Bono picked up a 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 win over Reginald Brewster, while Andrew Leung and Mitch Ford suffered 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 and 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 losses at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.
In exhibition play at No. 10, Arnav Parikh tallied at least seven points in all four sets and stole the second set from Julian Wambach, however it was Wambach who earned the win, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.
Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 24 when they kick off co-hosting duties at the Pioneer Valley Invitational with a 6:00PM bout against No. 17 MIT - their first of four matches in a three day stretch.