By Anne Bello
Published Oct 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM ET

Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY — Academics have been a bright spot for Bard’s squash program. Five of Bard’s starters earned Liberty League All-Academic honors last season. This season, the Raptors hope to have increased success on court as well as off. “Bard’s team goal for this year it to move up to the next division and build a strong team for the future,” reports head coach David Ames. While the team lost six starters to graduation, the two new players joining the team are expected to play in the top three. “We have been putting substantially more energy into recruiting and are very happy to finally have wide courts,” Ames says.  “Our key matches for this year are Vassar, Bryant, and Swarthmore. We have always had good close matches with them and hope to come out on top this year.” Those wins would help move the Raptors closer to their goal of competing in the F Division.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-11

Final Ranking: 51

Team Championships: 3rd in the Hawthorn Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: David Ames

Returning Players from Team Championships: 5. Jose Sanchez (2014 – Liberty League All-Academic); 6. Dashiell Flach (2015); 8. James Spreuenberg-Stewart (2015); 10. Jeremy Goldsher (2014); 11. Jackson Barr (2015 – Liberty League All-Academic)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Dylan Coburn (2013 – Liberty League All-Academic); 2. Jonah Richard (2013); 3. Mihir Mukhopadhaya (2013); 4. Oscar Valdes (Fall 2013 – Liberty League All-Academic); 7. Aiko Roudette (2013 – Liberty League All-Academic); 9. Houston Stebbins (2013)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Matt Lampier and Abe Etkin

Team Goals: Move up a division at Nationals

Key Matches: Vassar, Bryant, and Swarthmore

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