NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Amherst College women's squash team wrapped up its season of team competition in strong fashion on Sunday morning, breaking seed and claiming 15th place at the CSA National Championships as the 16th-ranked Jeffs defeated No. 14 Franklin & Marshall, 6-3, in Kurtz Cup (B Division) consolation play at the Yale Courts.
Amherst finishes its season at 14-9, having met its goals of a return to the Kurtz Cup and improvement on last year's 13-10 mark.
Chandler Lusardi '13 was strong for Amherst at No. 1 Sunday, but Franklin & Marshall picked up 3-0 wins at each of the next three lineup slots. Amherst's strong first-year class and deep bottom half of the order proved the difference, however, as the Jeffs won at Nos. 5-9, with four rookies picking up key victories.
Notching her first win of the weekend at No. 1, Lusardi took a tight four-gamer from Diplomat first-year Emily Caldwell, winning the first two 11-9 before dropping the third by the same margin but recovering for a strong 11-5 triumph in the fourth.
Anne Piper '13, Arielle Lehman '15 and Meyha Sud '16 each fell in three games, but Ericka Robertson '16 helped pick up the slack at No. 5, handling a good test from Katherine Perry '15 without losing a game as she swept by scores of 11-8, 12-10 and 11-8 and improved to 15-8 individually on the season.
Meanwhile, Evelyn Kramer '14 triumphed in one of the match's two five-game affairs in the next spot down. After dropping the first to Cris Margaret Frias '16, 11-7, Kramer rebounded with an 11-8 win. Frias answered, 11-4, but Kramer was too strong over the final two, winning 11-5 and 11-8 for a thrilling comeback victory.
At No. 7, Corri Johnson '16 recovered from a first-game setback to Liz Gatling '14, picking up steam with each of the next three games for a strong 3-1 (6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2) triumph. In the eighth spot, Khushy Aggarwal '16 looked in control of Dana Rapisarda '16, dominating each of the first two games, 11-2. But the Diplomat rookie came back from the brink, notching 11-8 and 11-7 wins to force a fifth. In thrilling fashion, the tiebreaker went to extra points, but Aggarwal finally pulled it out, 14-12.
Taryn Clary '16 won in opposite fashion to Aggarwal at No. 9, dropping the opener to Krista Lancione '15, 11-2, but recovering quickly and controlling the rest of the way with wins of 11-7, 11-7 and 11-6 as she improved to 19-4 on the year.
While the win ends Amherst's team season on a high note, some Jeffs will likely compete at the CSA Individual Championships, hosted by Trinity March 1-3. Participants will be announced later.
NO. 16 AMHERST 6, NO. 14 FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 3
1. Chandler Lusardi (A) def. Emily Caldwell (F), 3-1 (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5)
2. Roxanna Mead (F) def. Anne Piper (A), 3-0 (13-11, 11-5, 11-4)
3. Chelsea Ross (F) def. Arielle Lehman (A), 3-0 (11-7, 12-10, 11-8)
4. Jazmin Matos (F) def. Meyha Sud (A), 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-9)
5. Ericka Robertson (A) def. Katherine Perry (F), 3-0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-8)
6. Evelyn Kramer (A) def. Cris Margaret Frias (F), 3-2 (7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-8)
7. Corri Johnson (A) def. Liz Gatling (F), 3-1 (6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2)
8. Khushy Aggarwal (A) def. Dana Rapisarda (F), 3-2 (11-2, 11-2, 8-11, 7-11, 14-12)
9. Taryn Clary (A) def. Krista Lancione (F), 3-1 (2-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6)
10. Mary Katherine McNeill (A) def. Stephanie Tzarnas (F), 3-1 (11-3, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5)