By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM ET

Colgate University Hamilton, NY — Colgate finished seventh in the E Division last season, coming just inside the top 40 to be ranked 39th. This season, the Raiders want to move even higher in the rankings. One of the tests for Colgate will be a match with NYU. “They were close to us in the rankings last year and being one of our first matches, they will be a good barometer of how the team has fared since last season,” explains captain Jack Eiel. Colgate is also focused on matches with Lehigh, Bucknell, Navy, and Lafayette, schools that are the Raiders’ Patriot League rivals in other sports. Although Colgate lost three players from its starting 9, it has a plethora of players joining the team this season. There are seven new players, five of whom are expected to fight for positions in the top 9. Eiel adds that the team would like to “Win our division at nationals.” With the influx of talent, this may very well be possible.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 2-11

Final Ranking: 39

Team Championships: 7th in the Chaffee Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Nick Housden (2014); 3. Jack Eiel (2015); 6. Andrew Miron (2014); 7. Rohan Mehta (2014); 8. Matt Bambach (2014); 9. Ryan Geary (2014); 10. Ian Biehl (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Gray Huffard (2013); 4. Will Hunnewell (2013); 5. Christopher Norris (2013); 11. Ben Silver (2013)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Sam Brenman (2014 – Chestnut Hill Academy); Matt Swain (2017 – Rye Country Day)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Tom Bartlett (2015 – St. Paul’s); Mark Bugas (2014 – Riverdale Country School)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Balin Micheal (2014 – Hackley School)
  • Other addition: Ryan Griffin (2017 – Lake Forest Academy); Brian Challenger (2017 – Delbarton High School)

Captains: Jack Eiel and Mark Bugas

Team Goals: To Improve our national ranking and win our division at nationals.

Key Matches: NYU, Lehigh, Bucknell, Navy, and Lafayette

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