By Anne Bello
Published Sep 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM ET

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Cambridge, MA — With so many teams based in or traveling to the Boston area, MIT rarely has to hit the road for a match because the Engineers frequently host matches and round robins. This year, the squad has a number of local teams on its schedule and is anticipating key matches against BC, BU, Northeastern, and Tufts as well as Conn and Wesleyan. At last season’s championships, the Engineers went out on a close 4-5 loss to Washington University in St. Louis in the E Division consolation finals. With Harvard as the host site for this year’s Men’s National Team Championships, MIT may have home court (or at least home town) advantage when it counts the most. Head coach Nadeem Mazen looks forward to the addition of “lots of skilled freshmen who will add to the great, cohesive team vibe.” Though the Engineers lost three starters to graduation, they will have seven new players joining the team: Thomas Cowan, Tyler Finkelstein, Dominic Hansford, Karan Kashyap, Jordan Ladd, Linh Nguyen, and Nikhil Punwaney.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-16

Final Ranking: 38

Team Championships: 5th in the Chaffee Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Nadeem Mazen

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Peter Gray Riley (2015); 2. David Bian (2015);  5. Steve Cho (2015); 6. Abhi Mitra (2014); 7. Marina Crowe (2016); 8. Tatsiana Ivonchyk (2016); 10. David Kang (2015); 11. Sarah Fay (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 3. Sunny Long (2013); 4. Bowen Baker (2016); 9. Connor Kirschbaum (2013)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Addition: Thomas Cowan, Tyler Finkelstein, Dominic Hansford, Karan Kashyap, Jordan Ladd, Linh Nguyen, and Nikhil Punwaney

Captains: David Bian, Sarah Fay, and Peter Gray Riley

Team Goals: To grow more fit, more confident, more cohesive, and more committed as a team; to increase competitiveness and improve in the rankings

Key Matches: Boston College, Boston University, Conn College, Northeastern, Tufts, and Wesleyan

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