By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM ET

Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, ME — Last season, Bowdoin graduated 3 players from its Team Championship lineup, including #1 Stephan Danyluk. This year’s squad will need to replace that talent. They are expecting four players with prep school squash experience to join the squad. The team’s home, the Lubin Family Squash Center, was renovated during the offseason. If the Polar Bears would like to advance in the rankings, they will need to be more successful in matches in the top 3rd of the ladder. Last year, the top 3 players combined to win 39% of matches. Also important to this year’s squad’s success is close matches. Last season in 5-4 matches, the Polar Bears won 2 of 7 matches. Those losses were to Wesleyan (twice), Drexel, and George Washington (twice), all teams that finished the year within the five ranking positions ahead of Bowdoin.  Bowdoin is only a few individual wins away from moving much higher in the rankings.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-9

Final Ranking: 21

Team Championships: 5th in the Summers Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 7 (Tied for Most 4-5 Losses) … Position with the Most Wins: #6s had 16 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Matt Cooper (2016); 3. Christian Dorff (2017); 4. Andrew Ward (2015 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 6. Max Bearse (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 8. Ben Bristol (2017); 9. Cyrus Nassikas (2017); 11. Alex Reisley (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Stephan Danyluk (2014 – NESCAC First Team All-Conference); 5. Reid Wilson (2014); 7. Will Winmill (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Miko Lim (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • George Cooley (St. Paul’s)
  • Michael DeFranco (Belmont Hill)
  • Henry Haig (Brunswick)
  • Sam Ward (St. Mark’s)

Captains: Andrew Ward and Max Bearse

Team Goals: To have a great time, get better and compete well

Key Matches: All matches

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