Lord Jeffs Earn First Win Over Mount Holyoke Since 2006

SOUTH HADLEY, MA – The 12th-ranked Amherst College women's squash team earned a 5-4 win at 15th-ranked Mount Holyoke College this evening, marking the Lord Jeffs' first victory over the Lyons since the 2005-06 season. Amherst (15-6) won three of the first four matches to gain control early, with Chandler Lusardi '13 (New York, NY) winning what proved to be the pivotal matchup of the night. 

Sophomore Anne Piper (Bronxville, NY) got things going for Amherst with a 3-0 victory over first-year Shaheen Madraswala at the number four slot. Katrina Intal put Mount Holyoke on the board with a 3-1 win in her number six tilt against junior Anna Scheidt (Fort Lee, NJ), but the Lord Jeffs rebounded with a pair of 3-2 triumphs by senior Caitlin Demkin (Warren, NJ) and Lusardi. Demkin rallied back from a 2-1 deficit in her number eight contest against junior Paulina Rojek, while Lusardi edged senior Vidushi Gurunada at the number two slot.

Robertson cut into Amherst's lead with a 3-1 victory over senior Allie Dalglish (Fort Washington, PA) at number three, but the deficit was too great to overcome. The Lord Jeffs clinched things with 3-0 wins by first-years Lena Rice (Philadelphia, PA) and Evelyn Kramer (Brooklyn, NY). Rice downed sophomore My-Linh Nguyen at the bottom of the ladder, and Kramer topped sophomore Kathryn Brummer at the number seven spot.

The Lyons took the final two matches by a score of 3-2. After jumping out to an early 2-0 advantage in her number five tilt against junior Kate Savage (Philadelphia, PA), Tempest Bowden dropped the next two games before prevailing 11-6 in the fifth. Meanwhile, Randima Ranaweera overcame a 2-0 deficit to win her number one match against senior Hayley Milbourn (Baltimore, MD) in thrilling fashion. She pulled out a 14-12 victory in the fifth and deciding game to complete the impressive comeback. 

Mount Holyoke (13-9) will round out its regular season slate versus national power Princeton University tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Both squads will then take part in the Women's College Squash Association Team National Championships next weekend. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Friday and conclude on Sunday. All matches will be played at Princeton.

#12 Amherst vs. #15 Mount Holyoke, 5-4
1. Randima Ranaweera (MHC) def. Hayley Milbourn (AMH) 3-2 (6-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-2, 14-12)
2. Chandler Lusardi (AMH) def. Vidushi Gurunada (MHC) 3-2 (11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9)
3. Shara Robertson (MHC) def. Allie Dalglish (AMH) 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6)
4. Anne Piper (AMH) def. Shaheen Madraswala (MHC) 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-7)
5. Tempest Bowden (MHC) def. Kate Savage (AMH) 3-2 (11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 8-11, 11-6)
6. Katrina Intal (MHC) def. Anna Scheidt (AMH) 3-1 (8-11, 11-3, 15-13, 11-6)
7. Evelyn Kramer (AMH) def. Kathryn Brummer (MHC) 3-0 (15-13, 11-4, 11-6)
8. Caitlin Demkin (AMH) def. Paulina Rojek (MHC) 3-2 (7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3)
9. Lena Rice (AMH) def. My-Linh Nguyen (MHC) 3-0 (11-1, 11-3, 11-3)