By Anne Bello
Published Oct 12, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM ET

Rochester, NY — The defending Liberty League champions will start the season down four players from last season’s top 5. Will Newnham, who played number 2, has graduated, as has three-year captain Hameed Ahmed, who played number 5. Ahmed will still be with the team, taking over for Chris Fennell as assistant coach.

The Yellowjackets’ number 1 and number 4 from last season — Beni Fischer and Joe Chapman — will both be studying abroad during the fall semester. Expect the team to be stronger when both return for the second semester.

The team will have two new faces on the roster. Egypt’s Mohamed Abdel Maksoud, who reached the semifinals of the US Junior Open in 2010, is expected to play in the top 6. Also joining the team will be Raymond Moore, who is an alum of the StreetSquash program in New York City.

“It’s a rebuilding phase for us,” head coach Martin Heath explains. “There are great opportunities for US kids to play on our team.  We are proud of our internationality and diversity, though we invite more US student-athletes to be part of our squad.”

“It’s not over until ‘the streak’ is broken!” Heath adds.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-5 (Liberty League champions)

Final Ranking: 4

Team Championships: 4th in Potter Cup (A Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Martin Heath

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Benjamin Fischer (First Team All-American, All-Liberty League), (3) Andres Duany (Second Team All-American, All-Liberty League), (4) Joseph Chapman (All-Liberty League), (6) Juan Pablo Gaviria, (7) Adam Perkiomaki  (All-Liberty League, Liberty League Player of the Year), (8) Matthew Domenick, (9) Oscar Lopez, (10) Karm Kumar

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (2) William Newnham (All-Liberty League), (5) Hameed Ahmed (Second Team All-American, All-Liberty League), (11) Edwin Goncharuk, Robert McDavid

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Mohamed Abdel Maksoud
  • Expected to play non-varsity: Raymond Moore

Team Goals: To finish in the top 4 and reach the  semi-finals at the Men’s National Team Championships

Key Matches: Trinity, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Western Ontario

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