Men's Squash Ready to Embark on 2010-11 Season with Bumper Crop of Newcomers to Anchor the Squad
Blending a generous supply of newcomers with a core of veterans, three of whom occupied starting spots in the lineup a year ago, men's squash is ready to climb the national rankings this season, destined for a spot in the top-20.
Back from last year's 12-15 squad are team co-captains Matt Candal '11 (bottom photo) and Dale Kobrin '11 (top photo). Candal had the best record on the team with a 16-11 overall mark, mainly at #2. Kobrin also logged a winning ledger, going 14-13 with the majority of his matches at #3. Add the return of #6/7 Lucas Wherry (15-10) and the Cardinals have a third of the varsity ladder well-covered.
It will be the newcomers who solidify the lineup with a bevy of experienced tournament players and two top-50 nationally ranked competitors. John Steele '14 is tops among the freshmen, bringing with him the #23 rank nationally in U19. He was as high as #11 in U17. He is expected to challenge Candal for the top spot in the lineup from the get-go. Right behind is Jeff Berman '14, currently ranked 44th nationally in U19. Berman and Zander Nassikas '14, another veteran tournament player, are expected to vie with Kobrin as the three are likely to fill slots 3, 4 and 5, with the order up for grabs.
Three more freshmen - Ethan Mortiz '14, Alex Nunez '14 and Chase Hochman '14 - will battle along with Wherry to occupy the final four positions in the ladder. Thus, it is likely the Cardinals will start six freshmen during the 2010-11 campaign.
Other returnees from 2009-10 include Carlos Richardson '12, Blake Rosenbaum '12, Keitaro Sagawa '12 and Nick Cavallo '13. Newcomer Patrick Chiarawongse '13 is quite talented in badminton and has transitioned to squash very well, making him a starting candidate.
The Cardinals begin the 2010-11 season in the Boston area, taking on Northeastern and Bates Sat., Nov. 20, followed by a match vs. MIT on Sun., Oct. 21. The home schedule inaugurates Fri., Dec. 3 in the Wesleyan Round Robin.