Junior tri-captain Auloke Mathur is the Jeffs' top returner.
Men's Squash Set for 2005-06 Season
November 11, 2005
The Amherst College men's squash team finished the 2004-05 season ranked 11th in the nation with a record of 8-9. The Jeffs opened the season impressively, winning three of their first four matches. Amherst topped 15th-ranked Bowdoin College, Tufts University and the University of Washington in the run. Amherst then hit a heartbreaking five-match skid, which included a tough 6-3 loss to Brown University. Despite the decision, the match was indicative of the team's depth, as five players pushed opponents from the 9th-ranked Bears to the maximum five games. Amherst broke out of the slump with convincing 9-0 shutouts over MIT and Northeastern, in which just one of 18 individual matches played required more than the three-game minimum. The Jeffs rode the victory train into Little Three weekend, as they walloped Wesleyan University, 9-0, but then lost some steam, suffering an 8-1 loss to 10th-ranked archrival Williams College that was much closer than the score suggested. Amherst entered the College Squash Association Team Championships with a vengeance, dominating the 11th-ranked Naval Academy, 8-1 to reach the semifinals of the Hoehn Division for teams ranked ninth through 16th nationally. In the semifinals, the Jeffs dropped another decision to familiar foe Williams, but rebounded to close out the season on a strong note, avenging their mid season loss to Hobart with a decisive 6-3 decision over the Statesmen.
Amherst loses senior co-captains Gifford Sommerkamp and Brian Lawrence, as well as classmates Mike Strong, Cushing Donelan and Ted Platt to graduation. Lawrence was a formidable presence in the middle of the Jeffs' lineup, posting the best won-lost record of any individual on the team for the season. Strong and Sommerkamp were valuable assets at the top of the lineup, playing mainly at Nos. 1 and 3, while Platt and Donelan added depth, posting wins at the lower end of the ladder.
The Jeffs return six of their top nine players, highlighted by senior tri captains Nick Haslett and Tyler Mixter and junior tri-captain Auloke Mathur. Mathur reached the Molloy Division (for players ranked 32nd-64th nationally) Consolation Final at the CSA Individual Championships, while Haslett has posted big wins from just about every spot in the lineup and Mixter has contributed valuable time in the middle of the ladder. Juniors Peter Hatfield and Stuart Landesberg and sophomore Mark Rapisarda also return with valuable on-court experience.
Amherst welcomes eight first-years who each hope to compete for court time this winter, highlighted by Drew Blacker. Blacker, who finished the 2004-05 season as the 11th-ranked under-19 player in the nation, is joined by Todd Schell, Brad Corbin, Jerome Giovinazzo, Brian Warner, Gautam Kalani, Matt Himler and Ben Bishop.