Three Lord Jeffs Named to All-NESCAC Second Team

AMHERST, MA – Three Amherst College squash players were honored when the NESCAC announced its 2011 All-Conference selections today. Hayley Milbourn '11 (Baltimore, MD) and Evelyn Kramer '14 (Brooklyn, NY) were named to the women's Second Team, while Andrew Kriete '11 (Chatham, NJ) represented the Lord Jeffs on the men's Second Team. 

Kriete was the top player on a team that finished the season at 14-9, which marked the program's highest win total since the 1996-97 Amherst squad went 14-4. Kriete played in 20 of the Lord Jeffs' 23 matches—all in the No. 1 spot—and won six of them, taking his opponent to at least four games in seven others. 

The dual match season ended with a 7-2 win over Wesleyan in the national team championships, but Amherst's season officially came to a close when Kriete wrapped up play at the CSA Individual Championships at Dartmouth College. Kriete competed in the Molloy Division as the Lord Jeffs' lone representative but was dealt a pair of losses. He won the first game against Stanford's Sam Gould, 11-8, but would drop the next three in close fashion, 11-7, 14-12 and 13-11. In the consolation round against Navy's Allan Lutz, Kriete again took the first game before falling in the next three. 

Milbourn was Amherst's top player on the women's side throughout the year, competing in 21 of the team's 24 matches to help the Jeffs finish with a 16-8 record. A three-time All-NESCAC Second Team selection, Milbourn won eight of her first 12 matches this year and finished with a 9-12 mark, notably winning four straight during a dominant stretch in January. 

Milbourn spearheaded a senior class that was 57-40 and improved its record from one season to the next, going 12-14 in 2008, 16-10 in 2009, 13-8 in 2010 and 16-8 this year. Milbourn and the rest of the Class of 2011 helped bump Amherst into the Kurtz Cup (B Division) at the national championships after winning the Walker Cup (C Division) title in 2009, as the Jeffs steadily climbed the national rankings these past four years.

Kramer made an immediate impact on the squash program by posting a 16-8 record while spending most of her time at No. 6 in the lineup. Kramer won the first three matches of her collegiate career, marking the first of four win streaks of at least three matches on the season. 

Kramer went through a dominant stretch that lasted nearly a month, as she won 12 of 14 matches from Jan. 15-Feb. 11, a span that included a five-match win streak. She picked up three 3-2 wins and lost only four matches by a 3-0 score, notably earning a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over a Williams opponent at the Little Three Championships. 

A complete list of this year's All-NESCAC honorees can be found on the conference's website.