By Anne Bello
Published Sep 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM ET

Lewiston, ME — Last year’s 15th-place finish should provide motivation for the Bobcats this season. After all, it was the weakest finish the team has had in a number of years, as they have been finishing within or just outside the top 10. With Bates moving ahead with plans to construct a new 12-15 court facility, the program’s long-term prospects look good. In the short-term, the team will be undergoing some changes, as six of the top ten players from last season have graduated. Four new players — Jason Shrubb (Hamilton, Bermuda), Andy Cannon (Greenwich, CT), Nabil Saleem (Alpharetta, GA), and Julian Hackney (Bronx, NY) — and a deep bench will look to fill their spots.

The new players will be joining a program that has a history of involvement in squash beyond  college. The men’s and women’s teams volunteer with the Lewiston Squash-Aspirations Tutoring & Mentoring Program, and that’s not all. “There are currently has over 25 BobcatSquash alumni teaching, coaching and working in the squash industry around the world,” notes head coach Pat Cosquer, a Bates graduate himself.

“We play squash with heart, spirit and pride and fight like bobcats,” he says of the Bates teams.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 18-11

Final Ranking: 15

Team Championships: 7th in Hoehn Cup (B Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer

Returning Players from Team Championships: (3) Kristian Muldoon, (4) Robert Burns, (6) Rj Keating, (11) Matthew Baker-White, (12) Walter Cabot, Eric Bedell, David Born, Rodney Galvao, James Mulholland, Umar Khan

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (1) William Katz (First Team All-NESCAC), (2) Nicholas Echeverria, (5) Patrick Williams (NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team), (7) Dae Ro Lee (NESCAC All-Academic Team),  Doug Compton (8)(NESCAC All-Academic Team), (10) Matthew Marchisotto,

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster: Andy Cannon, Julian Hackney, Nabil Saleem, and Jason Shrubb

Team Goals: To be the best team they can be and to come together as a team by learning from and respecting each other’s differences

Key Matches: Every match, especially NESCAC and Ivy matches

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