By Anne Bello
Published Sep 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM ET

George Washington University Washington, DC — After injuries took out their number 1 and number 7 players, George Washington had a disappointing end to the 2012-2013 season. Rather than defending their Summers Cup title, they had to settle for third in the C Division. At first glance, it looks like the Colonials will be in for a rebuilding season. In addition to the two players who were injured and have since graduated, the team has lost three other starters to graduation. But fear not: GW has restocked the line-up with a talented class of newcomers. “We have a big infusion of talented freshmen who we want to develop into solid performers and leaders, and we want to recover the ground we lost to season-ending injuries last year by focusing on strength and conditioning more than ever,” says head coach Wendy Lawrence. All six members of the class of 2017 are expected to play in the varsity line-up. Another new face in the program is Assistant Coach Alex Gross, a 2011 graduate of Tufts who played squash and soccer for the Jumbos. “GW has gained a strong reputation as a great school in a dynamic city that offers great opportunities to both U.S and international students,” says Lawrence. “We have a great cross-section of players on our team that represent the diversity of Washington, DC.”

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-10

Final Ranking: 19

Team Championships: 3rd in the Summers Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Lawrence

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Ahmed Abdel-Latif (2016); 3. James Reiss (2016); 5. Reid Gifford Breck (2016); 7. Browning Platt (2016); 8. David Moxley (2015); 9. Christopher Bell (2014)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Omar Sobhy (2013); 4. Sam Ehrlich (2013 – Scholar Athlete); 6. Larkin Brinkworth (2014); Islam El-Fiky (2013); and Player Haynes (2013)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Andres de Frutos (Colegio Nueva Granada – Bogota, Colombia) and Nicolas Valderrama (Gimnasio los Caobos – Bogota, Colombia)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Peter McCall (La Salle High School – Philadelphia, PA)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Auguste Boova (The Hill School – Pottstown, PA); Josh Marks (Lower Merion High School – Philadelphia, PA); and Charles Norfleet  (Greenwich High School – Greenwich, CT)

Team Goals: To enter the B Division at Nationals

Key Matches: Teams competing for spots in the B Division

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.