By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 10:00 PM ET

Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PA — As Lehigh begins the 2015 – 2016 season, the Mountain Hawks are looking to grow the sport of squash on campus. According to co-captain Max Liu, the team wants to “introduce Lehigh’s student body to squash through lessons and campus-wide tournaments.” Lehigh, the runner-up in the 2012 – 2013 Serues Cup (F Division), played in the Chaffee Cup (E Division) the past two seasons. If the Mountain Hawks want to move higher in the rankings they will need to increase the win percentage in the top and middle thirds of their ladder. The team is focused on scheduled matches with Boston College, Bucknell, Haverford, and MIT this season. If the Mountain Hawks’ five incoming players can offset the loss of their three non-returners, Lehigh may be able to move up in the rankings and play for a position in the upper half of the Chaffee Cup at Team Championships.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-7

Final Ranking: 40

Team Championships: 8th in the Chaffee Cup (E Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win %: 0.3077… Middle 3 Win %: 0.4103… Lower 3 Win %: 0.6774

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships:  2. Gordon Newell (2017); 3. Max Liu (2016); 4. Nick Bancroft (2017); 7. Daniel Levy (2016); 8. Jeffery Schwartz (2016); 9. Jack Littlefield (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 1. Ian Udvarhelyi (2017);  5. Vincent Giovinazzo (2018); 6. Tyler Sloan (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Ovie Ojeni (2018)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Alec Shimell (2019, Boys’ High School – Friends Central)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Simon Kim (2019, Boys’ High School – Friends Central), Huy Vo Bao Hoang (2019, Tabor Academy), and  Oussama Eljai (2019, Kent School)

Captains: Max Liu and Jeffrey Schwartz

Team Goals: Climb the CSA rankings

Key Matches: MIT, Bucknell, Haverford, Boston College

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