By Anne Bello
Published Oct 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 7:47 AM ET

RochesterRochester, NY — The Rochester Yellowjackets are A Division upstarts no more. The team’s to-the-wire 5-4 win over Yale on the last day of team championships proved they have no intention of going anywhere. But holding ground won’t be easy. The landscape of the highest division in men’s college squash has changed since the Yellowjackets broke into the A’s several years ago. Last season a much-improved Harvard squad bounced Rochester from the first round of the national team championships, while surging Cornell made it into the semis. The Yellowjackets’ roster is heavy on seniors and first-year players, and both groups will have to step up to make it back into the A Division semifinals. Head coach Martin Heath has an eye toward the future, saying, “It’s a rebuilding year and we’re looking for great US and Canadian student-athletes for 2013-14.” In the interim, the Rochester players can look forward to the team’s annual trip to Toronto and a trip to the Tournament of Champions in New York City.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-5 (Liberty League champions)

Final Ranking: 5

Team Championships: 5th in Potter Cup (A Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Martin Heath

Returning Players from Team Championships:  2. Andres Duany (All Liberty-League, 1st Team All-American, Liberty League All-Academic);  4. Adam Perkiomaki (All Liberty-League); 6. Karm Kumar; 7. Oscar Lopez (All Liberty-League);  9. Juan Pablo Gaviria (Liberty League All-Academic); 10. Juan Herrera

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 1. Benjamin Fischer (All Liberty-League, 1st Team All-American); 3. Joseph Chapman (All Liberty-League, Liberty League All-Academic); 5. Matt Domenick (All Liberty-League); 8. Mohamed Abdel Maksoud; 11. Jesse Cramer (CSA Scholar Athlete, Liberty League All-Academic)

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:
  • Expected to play in the top 3: Neil Cordell
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Faraz Khan
  • Expected to play in the middle/bottom 3: Meng Xiaomin and Will Mohr
Captains: Oscar Lopez and Andres Duany
Team Goals: To finish in the top four in the nation and make it to the semifinals of the Potter Cup

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