By Anne Bello
Published Sep 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM ET

Yale University New Haven, CT  — Yale only lost three of its starters from last season to graduation, but where those players competed on the ladder poses some challenges. “We are rebuilding our program after graduating our numbers 1, 2, and 3, but we are very confident that we will be in contention for a national championship as we know what our players are capable of stepping up to,” says associate head coach Pam Saunders. “Our men are also determined to be good sportsmen on and off the court. You will not find a team that works harder and has more fun doing it.” There will be four new Bulldogs on the roster. Kah Wah Cheong is expected to play in the top 6, Thomas Dembinski and Liam McClintock are expected to play in the top 9, and Derek Lo will be competing for a spot in the top 10. Yale wants to win the Ivy and national titles, but that’s not all. One of the team’s goals is to “be the best scholars and global citizens that we can.” Toward that end, the players will continue their involvement with SquashHaven, which is housed out of Yale. Each team member volunteers at least an hour with the program, and many players are involved beyond that, serving as mentors and helping in other ways.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-5

Final Ranking: 4

Team Championships: 4th in the Potter Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: David Talbott

Associate Head Coach: Pam Saunders

Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Neil Martin (2014); 5. Sam Fenwick (2016 – Second Team All-American); 6. Zac Leman (2016); 7. Eric Caine (2014 – Scholar Athlete); 8. Charlie Wyatt (2014 – Scholar Athlete); 9. Joseph Roberts (2015); 10. Pehlaaj Bajwa (2016); Christopher Bradshaw (2015); Sam Shleifer (2015); Huw Robinson (2015); and Peter Dewire (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Kenneth Chan (2013 – Second Team All-American; Scholar Athlete; Academic All-Ivy; All-Ivy League Team); 2. Hywel Robinson (2013 – Scholar Athlete; All-Ivy League Team); 3. Richard Dodd (2013); 11. Sam Haig (2013 – Scholar Athlete)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Kah Wah Cheong and Thomas Dembinski
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Liam McClintock
  • Other addition: Derek Lo

Captains: Eric Caine

Team Goals: Ivy League and National Team Championship

Key Matches: Ivy League, Rochester, St. Lawrence, and Trinity

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