By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 7:40 PM ET

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Cambridge, MA — MIT never left the Boston area last year. With new coach Thierry Lincou that will most likely change, giving the Engineers an opportunity to face different opponents and build for the future. “We want to establish a solid foundation on which the MIT program can flourish. It will take the hard work of everyone involved to improve individually and as a team. We don’t necessarily care about how our ranking will change over the coming season, but believe that those sorts of results will come if we focus on playing the game the right way,” explains Lincou. MIT is returning 8 of its 9 players from last season’s Team Championships. The squad will have tri-captains: Gray Riley, David Bian, and Sarah Fay. Riley, who studies rocket science, is entering his 3rd year as captain. “He comes to practice everyday focused to improve individually as well as challenge his teammates to get better,” adds Lincou. As MIT prepares for the future, they will benefit from last year’s experience in close matches. The Engineers captured three of four 5-4 matches, including two against Boston rival Northeastern.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-6

Final Ranking: 31

Team Championships: 7th in the Conroy Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 4 … Position with the Most Wins: #2s had 12 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Thierry Lincou

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Tyler Finelstein (2017); 2. Nikhil Punwaney (2017); 3. Dominic Hansford (2017); 4. Thomas Cowan (2017); 5. David Bian (2015); 6. Gray Riley (2015); 8. Marina Crowe (2014); 9. Sarah Fay (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 7. Abhi Mitra (2014); 10. Viveka Mishra (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Jeffery Hu

Captains: Gray Riley, David Bian, and Sarah Fay

Team Goals: To establish a solid foundation on which the MIT program can flourish

Key Matches: Hobart, Tufts, Northeastern, BC, and BU

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.