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Brian Lawrence '05
Junior co-captain Brian Lawrence hopes to lead the Jeffs to a great season.

Men's Squash Poised for 2003-04 Season

November 6, 2003

2002-2003 RECAP
The Amherst College menís squash team finished its 2002-03 campaign ranked 11th in the nation with a record of 9-8. The Jeffs came out strong, blanking Tufts University and Colby College, and then went 4-4 over their next eight matches, was highlighted by back-to-back victories over Hobart College and Rochester University. Amherst split matches at the Little Three Championships with an 8-1 win over Wesleyan University and wrapped up its regular-season slate at Yale University. The Jeffs then headed to the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, hosted by Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, where they defeated Bowdoin College 5-4 in the first round before bowing in the semifinals to Williams. However, the Jeffs rebounded to defeat Hobart 6-3, capping their season and securing their No. 11 ranking. Senior co-captain Carlo Valdesolo went on to win his first two matches in the CSA Individual Championships, hosted by Trinity College, and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to national runner-up Tejvir Rathore of Hobart.

KEY LOSSES
Amherst graduates a pair of two-year captains in Carlo Valdesolo and John Holodnak, as well as David Bauer - the teamís No. 3, 4 and 5 players, respectively. Valdesolo reached the quarterfinals of the 2003 CSA Individual Championships, and all three posted key wins in team victories over MIT, Bowdoin, Rochester and Wesleyan during the regular season.

KEY RETURNEES
The Jeffs return their No. 1 and 2 players in juniors Gifford Sommerkamp and Michael Strong. Co-captains Asad Haque í04 and Brian Lawrence í05 will contribute on and off the court providing leadership and experience. Also returning are sophomores Nick Haslett and Tyler Mixter, who played in the No. 6 and 9 spots for the Jeffs last season, respectively.

NEWCOMERS
Amherst welcomes a group of five first-years who each hope to compete for court time this winter. This group includes Auloke Mathur (Mumbai, India), Dale du Preez (Mooi River, South Africa), Peter Hatfield (Barrington, RI), Stuart Landesberg (Katonah, NY) and Benjamin Bridges (New York, NY).