Lord Jeffs Finish Second in Walker Cup at Nationals

By Kate Moriarty '09

February 20, 2007

NEW HAVEN, CT - The Amherst College women’s squash team ended its team play for 2006-07 season this weekend at Yale University finishing second in the Walker Cup after falling to William Smith College in the championship match.  Despite this loss, the Lord Jeffs had a successful start to the tournament, capturing victories against NESCAC rival Connecticut College and Franklin and Marshall College. 

Amherst began the weekend with a dominating performance against Conn. College, blanking the Camels 9-0.  Seniors Caroline Shannon (Hanover, NH) and Emily O’Brien (New Canaan, CT) pulled out crucial five-game wins over Conn. College’s Ryan McManus and Cara Flynn, respectively.

The Jeffs maintained their momentum against Franklin and Marshall, defeating the Diplomats 8-1.  Libby Martin (St. Louis, MO) and Abby Mantica (Sewickley, PA) each had stellar performances, completing shutout victories against each of their opponents.

Despite winning the top two match-ups, Amherst was unable to pull out a victory in the Championship match against William Smith, falling 6-3. Mantica and Sarah Harper (Rochester, MN) both lost close five-game matches, coming up just short in the 4th and 5th slots.

After this weekend, Amherst finishes its season ranked 18th nationally with a 9-15 record.

Amherst College vs. Connecticut College - Friday, February 16, 2007
1. Caroline Shannon (A) def. R. McManus (C) 3-2 (9-2, 9-3, 4-9, 8-10, 9-4)
2.  Emily O’Brien (A) def. C. Flynn (C) 3-2 (9-1, 9-1, 6-9, 4-9, 9-5)
3. Libby Martin (A) def. A. Bullard (C) 3-0 (9-4, 9-2, 9-3)
4. Abby Mantica (A) def. S. Shanley (C) 3-1 (9-3, 9-6, 5-9, 9-2)
5. Sarah Harper  (A) def. L. Robertson (C) 3-0 (10-8, 9-0, 9-0)
6. Di Kirkwood (A) def. C. Irving (C) 3-0 (9-1, 9-3, 9-0)
7. Melissa Moulton (A) def. A. Poe (C) 3-0 (9-2, 9-2, 9-2)
8. Heather Nowak (A) def. J. Sheahan (C) 3-0 (9-2, 9-6, 9-3)
9. Emery Sweeney (A) def. J. Jacoby (C) 3-0 (9-5, 9-1, 9-1)

Amherst College vs. Franklin Marshall – Saturday, February 17, 2007
1. Caroline Shannon (A) def. J. Mitchell (FM) 2-0 (10-8, 9-1, retired)
2. Emily O’Brien (A) def. D. Buckley (FM) 3-0 (9-0, 9-2, 9-0)
3. Libby Martin (A) def. A. Lesko (FM) 3-0 (9-7, 9-1, 9-2)
4. Abby Mantica (A) def. T. Sale (FM) 3-0 (9-6, 9-0, 9-3)
5. Sarah Harper (A) def. B. Bee (FM) 3-0 (9-5, 9-2, 9-1)
6. Di Kirkwood (A) def. C. Mulligan (FM) 3-0 (9-3, 9-0, 9-4)
7. Melissa Moulton (A) def. K. Gaskins (FM) 3-0 (9-7, 9-1, 9-0)
8.  Heather Nowak (A) def. D. Russo (FM) 3-0 (9-3, 9-0, 9-6)
9. K. Tylus (FM) def. Laurel LaMontagne (A) 3-1 (9-6, 6-9, 9-5, 9-7)
10. Hannah Merves (A) def. E. Jaffe (FM) 3-0 (9-7, 9-0, 9-6)

Amherst College vs. William Smith College – Sunday, February 18, 2007
1. Caroline Shannon (A) def. K. Hendricks (WS) 3-1 (8-10, 9-4, 9-6, 9-4)
2. Emily O’Brien (A) def. L. Ross (WS) 3-1 (9-5, 9-10, 10-8, 9-5)
3. S. Pandole (WS) def. Libby Martin (A) 3-1 (9-5, 9-5, 1-9, 9-3)
4. L Stump (WS) def. Abby Mantica (A) 3-2 (9-5, 9-10, 2-9, 9-6, 9-3)
5. H. Grassi (WS) def. S. Harper (A) 3-2 (7-9, 6-9, 10-8, 9-2, 9-1)
6. Di Kirkwood (A) def. S. Turner (WS) 3-1 (2-9, 10-8, 9-5, 9-5)
7. M. Brooks (WS) def. Melissa Moulton (A) 3-0 (9-7, 9-2, 9-0)
8. K. Baker (WS) def. Heather Nowak (A) 3-0 (9-0, 9-2, 9-1)
9. K. Mullen (WS) def. Laurel LaMontagne (A) 3-0 (9-1, 9-3, 9-1)
10. S. Hallberg (WS) def. Hannah Merves (A) 3-0 (9-2, 9-4, 9-1)

FULL TOURNAMENT RESULTS