By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM ET

Fordham UniversityBronx, NY — Fordham has big ambitions for the 2014 – 2015 season. After finishing last season with a ranking of 52nd and a 5th place finish in the Hawthorn Cup (G Division), the Rams want to jump over 20 spots in the rankings and finish in the top 30 teams in the nation. This will be a huge challenge for the Rams. With the exception of two players studying abroad during the Fall semester, Fordham is returning its entire starting 9 from last season’s Team Championships. In addition, the team is expecting four players with prep squash experience to join the squad. According to head coach Bryan Patterson, “We’ve floated in around the 50 mark the past couple of years, and we feel we a much stronger team than in years past. We’ve brought in 4 very strong new players, 3 of which will play in the top 5 on the team.” In addition to Ted Clarke, Patterson has added Andrew Kreite, Amherst alum and CitySquash’s co-Director of Squash, to his coaching staff. Fordham may not have the schedule to facilitate a huge move in the rankings, but it would be nice to see positive momentum from the Rams.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-10

Final Ranking: 52

Team Championships: 5th in the Hawthorn Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #2s had 13 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Bryan Patterson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Kincade Webster (2016); 2. Jeremie Keller (2016); 3. Paul Monaghan (2016); 4. Alex Laversa (2017); 5. James Shinnick (2017); 6. Carlos Ortiz (2015); 7. Ross Garlick (2015); 11. Matt Ieraci (2015)

Abroad During the Fall Semester:  8. James Potts (2016); 9. Matt Crowe (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 10. Raymond Chen (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Will Wardrop (Hotchkiss School)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Peter Yuen (Greenwich High School); Sahil Bahri
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: John Lennon (St Joseph’s Prep)

Captains: Paul Monaghan and James Shinnick

Team Goals: To earn a top 30 ranking

Key Matches: NYU, Haverford, and Colgate

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