By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM ET

Vassar CollegePoughkeepsie, NY — Vassar is in the midst of rebuilding. Last season, injuries plagued the Brewers. They graduated three players from last season’s Team Championships and with four players studying abroad during the fall semester, Vassar will be challenged, although the second semester brings hope. According to head coach Jane Parker, “Although four returners are studying abroad for the first semester, some of our stronger players will return from injury, so we’re encouraged about the upcoming year. We have an influx of enthusiastic sophomores who learned to play in PE class last year. Our goal is to work hard, play smart and stay injury-free to give us the best chance of taking some victories against teams we lost to last year.” The team is focused on matches with Fordham and Haverford, teams that the Brewers have traded wins and losses with over the past few seasons.  The team is excited to have Shahid Khan join the coaching staff. In addition, the Brewers will work with the Vassar College Urban Educations Initiative (VCUIE). Although Vassar may be challenged early, look for the Brewers to make advancements in the second semester.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-14

Final Ranking: 54

Team Championships: 7th in the Hawthorn Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): Did Not Play Any 5-4 Matches… Position with the Most Wins: #7s had 6 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jane Parker

Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. David Garfinkel (2015);  6. Timothy Veit (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic);  8. Noah Kulick (2015 – Liberty League All-Academic); Sam Hammer (2017)

Studying Abroad During the Fall: 4. Juan Pablo Fernadez (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 7. Benjamin Kurchin (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 11. Michael Iselin (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); Daniel Doctor, (2016, Liberty League All-Academic)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ricardo Espinosa (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, Liberty League All-Academic); 2. Kiet Phun (2014 – Liberty League All-Academic); 5. Alan Darer (2014 – Liberty League All-Academic);  9. Carly Scher (2017); 10. Isabelle Bertram (2017); Connie Zheng (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Vincent Mencotti (2017)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Tim Boycott (2016)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Richard Bryenton (2017); Manav Dalmiya (2017); and Lucas Fifer (2017)

Captains: Ryan Kurtzman and David Garfinkel

Team Goals: To work hard, play smart and stay injury free to give us the best chance of taking some victories against teams we lost to last year

Key Matches: Fordham and Haverford

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