By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM ET

Hobart CollegeGeneva, NY — After finishing as the runner-up in the Conroy Cup (D Division) at last season’s National Team Championships, Hobart wants to move up to the Summers Cup (C Division). To accomplish this goal, the Statesmen will need to get more production from the bottom 3 in their order. Last season, the bottom 3 captured 39% of their matches, while the top 3 and middle 3 won 43% and 47%, respectively. In addition, Hobart will need to improve their results in close matches. They lost their two 5-4 matches last season. The Statesmen graduated two players from Team Championships, but they have four experienced players joining the roster this season.  Hobart only has one senior, McGee O’Neil, on this year’s squad. O’Neil serves as a member of the Statesmen Athletic Association Board of Directors. According to head coach Tim Riskie, “We are a young, deep, and constantly improving team.” Look for the Statesmen to improve as the season progresses.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-13

Final Ranking: 26

Team Championships: 2nd in the Conroy Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #5s had 11 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tim Riskie

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Beau Orchard (2017); 3. Felipe Pantle (2017); 5. Danny Cabrera (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 6. McGee O’Neil (2015); 7. Michael Woods (2016); 8. Art Martella (2017); 9. Scott Marcus (2017); 10. Ben Shapiro (2017); 11. Krittapat Pranich (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Billy Abrams (2014 – Liberty League All-Academic); 4. William Boyle (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 5: Greg Dolente (Conestoga High School); and James Pierpont (Rye Country Day School)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 4: Jack Shannon (The Williams School); Divine Wing  (Thurgood Marshall Academy)

Captains: Danny Cabrera and Michael Woods

Team Goals: Move up to the C Division

Key Matches: Colby, Stanford, Hamilton, and Connecticut College

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