MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Competing in their final match of the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, No. 16 Amherst women's squash tallied three wins but ultimately fell, 6-3, to Middlebury in the third place match on Sunday afternoon.
Moving to 11-6 and finishing in fourth place in the NESCAC, the Mammoths' will await the national stage to compete in their next outing, while Middlebury progresses to 8-7.
Securing the most points against Middlebury in the last three seasons, Amherst looked to answer for the 9-0 loss earlier in the season against the Panthers.
With the most dominant win on the day for the Mammoths' Lauren Weil '23 made short work of Virginia Schaus, winning in straight sets 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 to pick up a key triumph at #2.
Daksha Pathak '23 went down early in her match against Ideal Dowling, but responded with a pair of 11-5, 13-11 wins in the ensuing sets. Falling in the fourth (8-11) and with things all tied up at four, Pathak held Dowling to two points in the fifth to clinch the top of the ladder.
The final win came from a 3-1 victory over Hadley Barr at #9. Barr snuck away with a 13-11 win in the opening set before Keeley Osborn '22 rattled off 11-8, 11-2, 11-8 wins in the final sets to cap off the scoring for the Mammoths' on the day.
Of the Panthers six wins, two of them came in straight-sets while Riddhi Sampat '21 nearly claimed another one for the Purple & White after forcing her opponent Natasha Lowitt to five sets.
After an 11-8 scratch in the first, Sampat owned the second (15-13) before Lowitt made it 2-1 with an 11-8 win in the third set. Tying it at 2-2 with an 11-7 fourth-set victory, the Panther finalized the win following an 11-7 decision in the fifth set.