By Anne Bello
Published Oct 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM ET

Lancaster, PA — Two years ago, F&M made the jump back up into the A Division. The Diplomats have finished 8th in the nation for two years running, and one of their goals for this season is to stay in the A Division. Gabe de Melo, who has been a fixture at number 1, will graduate in December and will not be with the team this season. The rest of the squad, however, will be back, and they will be joined by four new players. Pedro Veiga of Brazil is expected to play in the top 3, and Antonio De La Torre of Guatemala is expected to play in the middle of the order. Cleveland’s Dylan Cunningham should find a spot in the top 9, and UVA transfer Chris Brown will be joining the team as well. It’s a net gain for the Diplomats, who should be able to put more pressure on the other top-tier teams. It’s not all serious, though. “We work hard and play hard, and have fun while we train,” says head coach Gavin Jones. The team also volunteers with the Squash ACES program, working with underserved middle school students.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-9

Final Ranking: 8

Team Championships: 8th in the Potter Cup (A Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gavin Jones

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2.Guilherme De Melo (1st Team All-American); 3. Mauricio Sedano; 4. Alex Arjoon; 5. Ryan Mullaney; 6. Aadit Zaveri; 7. Sujat Barua; 8. Brian Henry; 9. Patrick Cunningham; 10. Freddy Hernandez; 11. David Snyder

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 1. Gabriel De Melo

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Pedro Veiga
  • Expected to play in the top 6: Antonio De La Torre
  • Expected to play in the top 9: Dylan Cunningham
  • Other addition: Chris Brown

Captains: Pat Cunningham and Gui De Melo

Team Goals: To stay in the top 8 and compete against the top teams in the country; to have fun and become closer as a team

Key Matches: All matches

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