By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 16, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 16, 2015 at 5:25 PM ET

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Cambridge, MA — In his debut season with the Engineers, head coach Thierry Lincou led the team to their first winning record since 2008 – 2009 campaign. Lincou plans to continue the reemergence of MIT squash. “It is our hope to challenge for the Conroy Division title through hard work and dedication day in and day out,” states Lincou. Although MIT lost four of its starters from Team Championships, the team is adding four new players, including two who are expected to challenge for ladder positions in the top 3. Lincou adds that “the growth of every player on our roster from top to bottom is the focus we have each day, knowing that if as individuals they improve, the team results will come.” Tri-captain Marina Crowe, a neuroscience major, has the honor of being the sole women projected to play in the top 9. She “is going to be pivotal this season in setting the tone for the work ethic that will be required to make the strides we are looking to make as a team,” comments Lincou.  The Engineers expanded their schedule last season, including trips outside of the Boston area. This allowed MIT to face more challenging teams and move up the rankings. Matches with Bucknell, Hamilton, Stanford, and Tufts are key to the Engineers’ success this season. Lincou explains that “this is only the beginning. We are eager to build this program, recruiting stronger players and developing the talent we already have. It won’t happen overnight, but we expect to consistently move up in the rankings, becoming a top academic and squash institution.”

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-10

Final Ranking: 30

Team Championships: 6th in the Conroy Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.5397… Middle 3 Win %: 0.5714… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4833

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Thierry Lincou

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nikhil Punwaney (2017); 2. Dominic Hansford (2017); 3. Jeffrey Hu (2018); 5. Bowen Baker (2016);  8. Marina Crowe (2016); 10. Aaron Zwieback (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. David Bian (2015); 6. Gray Riley (2015); 7. Thomas Cowan (2017); 9. Sarah Fay (2015); 11. Nicholas Lima (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Tyler Finkelstein (2017) and Justin Restivo (2019)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Peter Griggs (2019)
  • Other addition: Elizabeth Wei (2019)

Captains: Marina Crowe, Dominic Hansford, Tyler Finkelstein

Team Goals: Challenge for the Conroy Cup

Key Matches: Bucknell, Hamilton, Stanford, and Tufts

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