Emily O'Brien '07
Junior Emily O'Brien posted a 3-0 weekend, including at key 3-2 win over her F&M opponent in Saturday's match to secure a narrow 5-4 victory for Amherst.

Amherst Women's Squash Secures Walker Cup Runner-Up Honors At Howe Cup Nationals

February 27, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The 17th-ranked Amherst women’s squash team downed No. 24 Wesleyan University and No. 20 Franklin & Marshall College before falling to 18th-ranked William Smith College in the championship match of the Walker Cup Division at the Howe Cup Nationals hosted by Harvard University this weekend. The Jeffs cruised to a 8-1 win over Wesleyan and eked out a 5-4 victory against F&M to reach the title match, but were unable to come up with a win against the Herons and settled for runner-up honors in the division and a 18th-place finish overall.

Juniors Emily O’Brien (New Canaan, CT) and Abby Mantica (Sewickley, PA) and sophomore Libby Martin (St. Louis, MO) were all triple-winners for the Jeffs as Martin and Mantica blanked each opponent 3-0, while O’Brien needed five to defeat F&M’s Jessie Mitchell, and secure the narrow 5-4 win for Amherst. Senior co-captain Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) and sophomore Di Kirkwood (Bedford Corners, NY) were each 2-1 on the weekend, picking up wins over Wesleyan and F&M before falling 3-1 to William Smith’s Helen Grassi and Emily Gailun, respectively.

Amherst concludes the 2005-06 slate with a 9-13 team record. The Jeffs wrap up individual competition at the CSA Individual Championships, to be held at Amherst College, Friday-Sunday, March 3-5.

Friday-Sunday, February 24-26, 2005 – Harvard University – Cambridge, MA

Amherst College vs. Wesleyan University
1) Caroline Shannon (A) def. Brittany Delaney (9-2, 9-3, 9-2)
2) Emily O'Brien (A) def. Muddie Rottman (9-2, 9-1, 9-2)
3) Libby Martin (A) def. Elizabeth Demakos (9-1, 9-3, 9-0)
4) Abby Mantica (A) def. Margaux Weisman (9-0, 9-1, 9-4)
5) Lauren Coape-Arnold (A) def. Alex Loh (9-4, 9-1, 9-0)
6) Di Kirkwood (A) def. Christine Speir (10-8, 9-1, 9-5)
7) Scotty Hanley (A) def. Nicole Gray (9-2, 9-0, 9-3)
8) Andrea Givliano (W) def. Margo Nathan (9-7, 9-5, 7-9, 9-5)
9) Heather Nowak (A) def. Kate Jones (9-7, 9-0, 9-7)

Amherst College vs. Franklin & Marshall College
1) Frances McNeely (F) def. Caroline Shannon (9-4, 9-7, 10-8)
2) Emily O'Brien (A) def. Jessie Mitchell (5-9, 2-9, 9-5, 9-2, 9-2)
3) Libby Martin (A) def. Davinia Buckley (9-1, 9-1, 9-2)
4) Abby Mantica (A) def. Amanda Lesko (9-6, 9-3, 9-4)
5) Tracey Sale (F) def. Lauren Coape-Arnold (9-1, 9-2, 9-6)
6) Di Kirkwood (A) def. Lizzy Denenburg (9-7, 9-6, 6-9, 9-3)
7) Scotty Hanley (A) def. Barbara Bee (10-8, 9-2, 9-5)
8) Gini Rollins (F) def. Margo Nathan (9-3, 9-2, 9-3)
9) Margaret Seaman (F) def. Heather Nowak (9-1, 9-7, 9-1)

Amherst College vs. William Smith College
1) Kinsey Cruice (W) def. Caroline Shannon (4-9, 4-9, 9-5, 10-9, 9-6)
2) Emily O'Brien (A) def. Katie Compton (9-0, 9-6, 9-4)
3) Libby Martin (A) def. Lori Stump (9-3, 9-5, 9-2)
4) Abby Mantica (A) def. Maddie Brooks (9-2, 9-2, 9-3)
5) Lucy Ross (W) def. Lauren Coape-Arnold (9-6, 9-3, 9-7)
6) Helen Grassi (W) def. Di Kirkwood (9-1, 9-7, 7-9, 9-7)
7) Emily Gailun (W) def. Scotty Hanley (5-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-3)
8) K Baker (W) def. Margo Nathan (9-1, 9-1, 9-2)
9) Lee Lee Robinson (W) def. Heather Nowak (9-2, 9-1, 9-1)