By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM ET

Washington University (St. Louis) St. Louis, MO — It is hard to believe the Washington in St. Louis program did not exist in 2010. Since their debut in 2011, the men have improved from a season-ending ranking of 50th in their inaugural season to 37th the past two seasons. To continue their rise, Washington in St. Louis will need to replace the five players it lost to graduation and study abroad. The Bears have a plan though. They have two incoming players and three seniors who are rejoining the team after studying abroad last season. The team will continue to practice with the St. Louis community, the MICDS high school and the St. Louis Racquet club. The Bears are looking forward to matches with their Midwest rivals Denison and Kenyon, as well as Johns Hopkins. Only time will tell if Washington in St. Louis can continue their meteoric rise in the rankings.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-4

Final Ranking: 37

Team Championships: 6th in the Chaffee Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Head Coach: Mike Puertas

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. William Matthews (2015); 5. Cam Seo (2014); 6. Mark Temple (2016); 7. Lawrence Liu (2014);  10. Lyall Cooper (2016);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Sheldon Pariser (2013); 3. James Underwood (2013); 4. Stirling Hederich (2013); 8. Kasidis Horsangchai (2013); 9. Dylan Heckscher (2015 – study abroad);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Lucas Shapiro (2014 – returning from study abroad); Adam Kurtz (2014 – returning from study abroad); and Zac Bluestone (2014 – returning from study abroad)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Youngsun Won (Fountain Valley School of Colorado) and Daniel Wasserman (Potomac)

Captains: Lucas Shapiro

Team Goals: Top-32 finish

Key Matches: Johns Hopkins, Denison, and Kenyon

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