Mammoths Finish Fourth in 2019 NESCAC Championship 

Mammoths Finish Fourth in 2019 NESCAC Championship 

HARTFORD, Conn. – Amherst women's squash finished off the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship with a 9-0 loss to Middlebury College in the third place match Sunday afternoon, confirming the Mammoths fourth place finish in this year's tournament.

The Mammoths conclude their conference post-season with an overall record of 8-8 and will set their sights on the CSA Team Nationals on February 22nd in their next competition. Trinity (15-2) won the championship for the 13th consecutive year with an 8-1 decision over Williams College.

After a 6-3 win over Tufts in the quarterfinals match, the Mammoths fell to the eventual champions, Trinity, by a score of 8-1 on Saturday. Amherst was blanked by the Panthers in today's clash, with Middlebury sweeping them in top four spots on the ladder. Caroline Conway '20 was limited to less than five points in the three sets against Beatrijs Kuijpers (11-5, 11-5, 11-4).

Rachael Ang '19 pressed the issue against Ideal Dowling in their opening set but fell 12-10. In the second and third, Dowling posted demanding 11-3 finishes to continue the Panthers strong performance. At number three, Lilly Soroko '22 dropped to Alexa Comai 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 before Virginia Schaus secured another sweep against Riddhi Sampat '21 at number four (11-4, 11-5, 13-11).

Margaret Werner '21 had the best opportunity and was the lone Mammoth that took their opponent the full length when she forced a fifth set against Natasha Lowitt at number eight.  Werner lost the opening set 11-3, but answered with 11-3 and 11-8 victories in the next two sets. However, Lowitt snagged the final two sets to continue the unblemished day for the Panthers.

Ashira Mawji '21 was able to secure a win in the exhibition match when she took on Hadley Barr, winning 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5.