By Anne Bello
Published Sep 28, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 7:59 AM ET

St. Louis, MO — Debut seasons don’t get much better than this. Washington University in St. Louis went 8-1 and took home the Hawthorn Cup in their first trip to the Men’s National Team Championships.

The team has been busy sharing its successes with others. The Bears are working to start a women’s team as well as build interest in squash at Wash U through intramural play. The team also plans to help St. Louis University develop a team.

The floors of the Wash U courts have been redone, and the team will already have an East Coast trip under their belts by the time Nationals come around since they’ll be traveling to the Navy Round Robin. Only one player will not be returning to the team, and the three first-year players and one sophomore returning from injury all bring prep school squash experience with them.

“This club has lots of potential,” says club president Lucas Shapiro. “Students come to Wash U for the academics and then have the opportunity to play squash competitively, but not so much so that focus is lost on school work and the college experience.”

“This team is full of camaraderie and self-motivated students,” he adds.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-1

Final Ranking: 50

Team Championships: 1st in Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: (2) James Underwood, (3) Sheldon Pariser, (4)
Stirling Hedderich, (5) Zac Bluestone, (6) Cam Seo, (7) Kasidis Horsangchai, (8) Lucas Shapiro,
(9) Lawrence Liu

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 team: (1) Hyun Ho Rhee

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 5: William (Hunter) Matthews
  • Expected to play in the middle of the ladder: Dylan Heckscher
  • Expected to play in the bottom half of the ladder: Woenho Chung

Club President: Lucas Shapiro

Team Goals: To break into the top 40

Key Matches: Illinois, Swarthmore, Kenyon, and Northwestern

To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.