By Anne Bello
Published Oct 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM ET

Ithaca, NY — Cornell had a great run at the 2012 Men’s National Team Championships. The sixth-seeded Big Red knocked 2011 finalists Yale out of the first round and had Harvard on the ropes in the 3-4 playoff match before falling 4-5 to the Crimson. With the loss of three consistent producers from the top five, 2012’s success may be difficult for Cornell to reproduce this season. Newcomers Abhijit Malik, Graham Dietz, and Karan Kankariya are expected to compete in the varsity line-up, but they’ll likely find places toward the bottom of the ladder. “The graduation of four seniors from the playing team has given the opportunity for the younger team members to step up,” says head coach Mark Devoy. The team has a lot of talent, and the successes of last season may help some of the returners to increase consistency. Devoy reports that the team members are already working well together, and Cornell fans are hoping the Big Red will continue to make it interesting in the A Division.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-7

Final Ranking: 4

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

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mark Devoy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nick Sachvie (1st Team All-Ivy, 2nd Team All-American);  4. Aditiya Jagtap;  6. Arjun Gupta; 7. Owen Butler; 8. Bryan Keating; 9. Ryan Todd

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 2. Alex Domenick (1st Team All-Ivy, 2nd Team All-American, Academic All Ivy); 3. Thomas Spettigue (1st Team All-Ivy, 2nd Team All-American); 5. William Hartigan; 10. Rishi Jalan; 11. David Hilton

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Abhijit Malik, Graham Dietz, Karan Kankariya
  • Other addition: Geoff Keating

Captains: Nick Sachvie and Owen Butler

Team Goals: To finish in the top 8

Key Matches: All Ivy matches, Trinity, UWO, and F&M

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.