By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 6, 2015 at 9:10 PM ET

Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, PA — With five players not returning for the 2015 – 2016 season, Franklin & Marshall will need their returning and new players to step up if the team wants to remain in the Potter Cup (A Division) at Team Championships. In addition to their play on the court, the Diplomats are focused on academics. According to head coach Gavin Jones, one of this season’s goal is “to grow closer as a team and improve as student athletes.” One of the bonding initiatives will be volunteering with Squash ACES, a program that helps mentor kids on and off the squash courts. Co-captaining the Diplomats will be Pedro Veiga, who is an avid volunteer with Squash ACES and a gifted student athlete. According to Jones, Veiga “is always thinking about others before himself.” Veiga and co-captain Cole Osborne must lead a young team as the squad faces a challenging regular season schedule.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-9

Final Ranking: 8

Team Championships: 8th in the Potter Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 4… Top 3 Win %: 0.5303… Middle 3 Win %: 0.5455… Lower 3 Win %: 0.6667

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gavin Jones (Sloane Award)

Associate Head Coach: Ron Epps

Returning Players from Team Championships:  2. Cole Osborne (2017); 5. Pedro Veiga (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 7. Michael Sorochev (2018); 8. Karim Nabil (2017); 9. Gavan Hitchenor (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 1. Abhishek Pradhan (2017);  3. Dylan Cunningham (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 4. Alex Arjoon (2015); 6. Brian Henry (2015); 10. Phil Kelly (2018); 11. Chris Bown (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 4: Sean Kenny (Chestnut Hill Academy)
  • Expected to play in the top 6: Silvio Soom (Switzerland)
  • Expected to play in the top 9: Samm Fulton (Canada)
  • Other addition: Ricardo Machado (El Salvador)

Captains: Cole Osbore and Pedro Veiga

Team Goals: To grow closer as a team, improve as student athletes, and play in the Potter Cup

Key Matches: All matches

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