By Anne Bello
Published Oct 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 2, 2010 at 7:50 AM ET

Bethlehem, PA — Lehigh is one of the newest teams to join the College Squash Association. The Mountain Hawks weren’t able to compete in the Men’s National Team Championships, but they fielded a nine-player team and played an eight-match schedule, finishing the season with a .500 record.

In fact, the Mountain Hawks opened last season with a three-match winning streak, defeating a varsity team — Bard — in a competitive 6-3 match. Their third win of the season, against Swarthmore, came down to tie-breakers. Neither team had nine players, and each squad won four matches, so it came down to points, with Lehigh winning 230 to Swarthmore’s 220. In November they defeated eventual Hawthorn Cup (G Division) champion Lafayette 6-3, though they lost a January rematch 2-7 playing short-handed. All in all, Lehigh played enough matches to be ranked 55th in the nation at the end of the season.

All but two of the players from last year’s team will be back, and three new players will join the team: Andrew Stewart, Chang Liu, and Nigel Corea.  The team has plans for a fundraiser giving students the opportunity to play squash, and they will also be traveling to compete at Navy.

With a strong foundation and a successful first year of competitive squash behind them, the Mountain Hawks should only continue to improve.

2009-2010 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 4-4
Final Ranking: 55
Team Championships: Did not compete

2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Captain/Acting Coach: Esteban Caro

Returning Players from Team Championships: Marcelo Caro (5); Esteban Caro (2); Jared Ciejek (4); David Evanson (10); James Hughes (8); Thomas McLaughlin (6); Andrew Moss (9); Kyle Yoon (1)

Non-Returning Players from Last Season’s Roster: Jaime Alava  (7); Nick Barr (3)

Additions to the 2010-2011 Roster: Andrew Stewart, Chang Liu, Nigel Corea

Key Matches: Swarthmore and Lafayette

To read other team previews, please visit the 2010 – 2011 College Squash Preview Page.