BRUNSWICK, Maine – Taking to the hardwood at the Lubin Family Squash Courts on the campus of Bowdoin College for the 2020 NESCAC Championships, the fourth-seeded Amherst College men's squash team fell in consecutive matches, dropping a hard-fought 6-3 battle to No. 5 Middlebury College in a Quarterfinals bout before being edged by eighth-seeded Tufts University later in the day, 5-4.
With the setbacks, the Mammoths fall to 8-7 overall.
QUARTERFINALS - AMHERST 3, MIDDLEBURY
Three four-set victories at the top of the ladder proved to be the difference maker for the Panthers as wins by Nate Mossé '23, Pavan Nagaraj '21, and Reginald Brewster '21 were not enough for the Mammoths to slip by Middlebury.
After logging a 11-4 win to start out the day, Nick Bermingham came roaring back to best Robinson Armour on the first court as the Panther swept the next three sets, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8.
In the No. 2 spot, Charles Sutherby '22 and William Cembalest split the opening sets, 14-12, 9-11, before a 11-4, 11-8 run by Cembalest gave the point to Middlebury.
On the third court, Adam Lichtmacher '23 wasn't able to build on the momentum of a 11-4 second set win as he fell to Jacob Ellen, 16-14, 4-11, 11-6, 11-2.
Robert Parker and Terrence Wang '22 suffered three-set losses to Jack Kagan and Nate Moll in the No. 4 and No. 5 spot, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 and 11-8, 11-4, 11-5, respectively, while Wiatt Hinton edged Andrew Leung in the fifth position, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5.
The sixth court saw Mossé battle back from a 7-11 loss to PK Keller to open the matchup as he swept the next three, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, to add a point to the board.
In the No. 8 spot, Nagaraj powered past Alex Merrill in straight sets, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5, while Brewster got the best of Alex Stimpson on the ninth court, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 12-10.
CONSOLATION - AMHERST 4, TUFTS 5
Going point-for-point through the 1-8 spots, a decisive five-set victory on the ninth court gave Tufts the edge as the Jumbos downed Amherst, 5-4.
At the top of the ladder Robinson won by retirement, as Kunal Valia withdrew after the sides split the first two sets.
On the second court, Sutherby logged a 3-1 win, downing Raghav Kumar, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9.
The No. 3 position went the Panthers way as Sanjeev Jeyabalan bested Lichtmacher, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 3-11, while Konrad LaDow earned the W over Robert Parker '21 at No. 4, 3-0, by a score of 2-11, 9-11, 3-11.
Wang picked up a 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 sweep of K. Marco Rodriguez on the fifth court to give Amherst a point, while Leung's hard-fought, five-set (9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-9) win over Dillon O'Shea stood as the Mammoths' final of the day.
Amherst is back in action tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 16 when they wrap up NESCAC Championship play with a 9:30AM contest against either No. 6 Colby or No. 7 Bowdoin.