By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 10, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 6, 2015 at 8:42 PM ET

St. Lawrence UniversityCanton, NY — Topping last season may be challenging, but St. Lawrence is up for it. After all, in 2014 – 2015, they captured the Liberty League title, swept the Liberty League post-season awards, were ranked #1 in the nation at points during the regular season, and made it to the Potter Cup (A Division) final. This year’s squad will benefit from that experience. Helping the Saints overcome the loss of talented graduates, including four starters from last season’s Team Championships, will be four first-year student athletes, who are expected to compete for spots in the ladder. Last year, the entire line-up had solid win percentages, but to improve and position themselves for the 2015 – 2016 Team Championships, it would be beneficial for the middle of the Saints line-up have a comparable win percentage to the other areas of the ladder. Anchoring the top of the line-up will be Amr Khalifa, the 2012 – 2013 Pool Trophy (Men’s Individual) Champion. According to assistant coach Nikhil Seth, Khalifa, a two-time First Team All-American and three-time Liberty League Player of the Year, “exemplifies the highest levels of sportmanship, fair play, and academic achievement. He is a leader not only on our team but also within the St. Lawrence University community.” Look for St. Lawrence to compete for the Liberty League and national titles once again this season.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-2

Final Ranking: 2

Team Championships: 2nd in the Potter Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 1… Top 3 Win %: 0.8519… Middle 3 Win %: 0.6481… Lower 3 Win %: 0.7885

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Chris Abplanalp (Liberty League Championship; Liberty League Coach of the Year)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Amr Khaled Khalifa (2016 – Liberty League Player of the Year, All-Liberty League Team); 2. Edgar Zayas (2018 – CSA First Team All-American, All-Liberty League Team, Liberty League Rookie of the Year); 3. Ahmed Bayoumy (2018 – CSA Second Team All-American, All-Liberty League Team,); 6. Hussien Elrayes (2018 – All-Liberty League Team); 8. Lockie Munro (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. Ibrahim Khan (2015 – All-Liberty League Team); 5. Anderson Good (2015 – Liberty League All-Academic); 7. Duncan Maxwell (2015 – Liberty League All-Academic); 9. Chris Fernandez (2015); 10. Sebastian Riedelsheimer (2015); 11. Kyle Ogilvy (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Lenard Puski (Budapest, Hungary) and Moustafa Bayoumy (Cairo, Egypt)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Mateo Vargas (Santander, Colombia)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Julian Jervis (Georgetown, Cayman Islands) and Derek Ng (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Team Goals: To perform well against the top teams in the country and retain the Liberty League title

Key Matches: Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Rochester, Trinity, and Yale

To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.