By Anne Bello
Published Oct 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 15, 2011 at 9:02 PM ET

Brunswick, ME — In baseball there are clutch hitters, and in squash you could say there are clutch players. Bowdoin is a clutch team.

To win the 2011 Summers Cup, Bowdoin pulled out three 5-4 wins in a row. The Polar Bears beat NESCAC rivals Colby and Amherst by one-match margins in the opening round and semifinals of  C Division play at the Men’s National Team Championships. They then went to the wire against George Washington in the finals, coming out with the 5-4 win.

All that experience under pressure should serve the returning Polar Bears well this season. The team has lost two seniors and will gain four incoming players who all have a chance of playing in the starting lineup. The newcomers are Maxwell Bearse of Tabor, Jamie Conner of Groton, Philip Koch of Exeter, and Andrew Ward of St. Mark’s.

“Come and watch us play,” invites head coach Tomas Fortson.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-11

Final Ranking: 17

Team Championships: 1st in Summers Cup (C Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: (2) Stephan Danyluk (Second Team All-NESCAC), (3) Will Fantini, (4) Barrett Takesian (NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team), (5) Andrew Hilboldt, (7) Chris Jayne, (8) Reid Wilson, (9) Andrew Sprague, (10) Will Winmill, (11) Clint Trenkelbach (NESCAC All-Academic Team)

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (1) Andy Bernard (Second Team All-NESCAC, Second Team All-NESCAC), (6) Rahul Madan-Mohan  (Second Team All-NESCAC)

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster: Maxwell Bearse, Jamie Conner, Philip Koch, and Andrew Ward

Team Goals: To work hard, get better, compete well, and enjoy each other

Key Matches: All of them

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