By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM ET

Franklin and Marshall CollegeLancaster, PA — Franklin & Marshall is looking to improve on their end of season ranking of 7th from a season ago. At first glance, this would appear to be a very challenging goal. After all, the team lost its numbers 1, 5, and 9 from the 2013 Men’s National Team Championships and its number 2 will be studying abroad during the fall semester. However, there will be plenty of new faces and talent in Lancaster this season. The Diplomats have six new players, including two players who should compete for spots at the top of the ladder. The influx of talent will be helpful as the Diplomats will be tested early in the season with three of their first five matches against fellow Potter Cup teams Trinity, Princeton, and Yale. According to head coach Gavin Jones,”Everyone is excited as we have a very talented group of players who work hard but have fun and enjoy every aspect of college life.” For the squad’s community service project, the team will be volunteering as mentors and coaches with Squash ACES.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 17-6

Final Ranking: 7

Team Championships: 7th in the Potter Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gavin Jones

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Mauricio Sedano (2014 – study abroad during the fall – Second Team All-American); 3. Ryan Mullaney (2014); 4. Pedro Veiga De Almeida (2016);  6. Alex Arjoon (2015); 7. Charles Cutler (2014); 8. Brian Henry (2015); 10. Dylan Cunningham (2016); 11. Aadit Zaveri (2014);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Guilherme De Melo (2013 – Second Team All-American); 5. Antonio De La Torre (2016); and 9. Patrick Cunningham (2013);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Abhishek Pradhan (former #2 U19 in India) and Cole Osborne (Canadian #1 U19)
  • Expected to play in the top 9: Ishan Advani (top 12 U19 in India); Sam Chudner (Poly Prep Country Day School); Gavan Hitchenor (top 15 U19 in England); and Karim Nabil (top 10 player in U19 in Egypt)

Captains: Ryan Mullaney and Aadit Zaveri

Team Goals: Top-6 finish

Key Matches: All teams looking to stay or advance into Division A

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