HADLEY, MA – Williams College junior Will Means (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) playing at #4 on the Eph ladder was named the NESCAC Men's Squash Player of the week for his role in the Ephs' performance at the NESCAC Championship Tournament.
Means won his first match of the tourney in the Ephs' win over Bowdoin and then recorded a win for the ages as the Ephs mounted a miraculous comeback against host Middlebury.
Intent on reversing the regular season match result versus Middlebury back on January 5 when the host Panthers edged the Ephs 5-4, Williams got off to a slow and agonizing start in the match.
The Ephs dropped four of the first five matches, but bounced back to tie the Panthers at 4-4.
Means was the final player on court and he won in five games (11-13,11-8,11-4, 2-11,11-6, boosting the Ephs into the championship match versus Trinity.
The Ephs lost to Trinity in the title tilt and claimed second place.
Means was not finished with his heroics as he again won the fifth and deciding match on Feb. 6 at Brown University when again the Ephs came back from a 4-1 deficit and put the match on Means' shoulders.
Eph head coach Zafi Levy called the win over Middlebury the biggest win of his Eph coaching career and tonight he noted, "The Middlebury match is history! Will Means just did it again against Brown. We were down 4-1 and tied tit 4-4. Will was last on court and won in the last match in five games."
"What a performance for Will twice in a row," added Levy. "He showed unbelievable composure to win the decisive match on Saturday against Middlebury and today against Brown. I am so proud of him as he has matured into a top level college player and I know he has so much more room for growth next year as a senior."