By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2015 at 7:20 PM ET

Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, ME — Bowdoin came close last season. The Polar Bears played six 5-4 matches, the second most in the nation. Unfortunately for Bowdoin, they only captured one of the six matches. Yet, these close losses served as a valuable learning experience that the Polar Bears will carry into the 2015 – 2016 campaign. According to head coach Tomas Fortson, Bowdoin wants to “come together as a team, get better throughout the season and compete well.” Although all matches have been identified as important this season, rematches of last season’s 5-4 contests with Amherst, Colby, Hobart, and Wesleyan will be important for the Polar Bears’ success. With six incoming players, Bowdoin’s deeper ladder could move the Polar Bears higher in the Summers Cup.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-15

Final Ranking: 22

Team Championships: 6th in the Summers Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 6… Top 3 Win %: 0.2727… Middle 3 Win %: 0.3385… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4262

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Matt Cooper (2016 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 2. Christian Dorff (2017); 5. Alex Reisley (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic); 6. Ben Bristol (2017); 7. Cyrus Nassikas (2017); 8. George Cooley (2018); 9. Michael DeFranco (2018); 10. Sam Ward (2018); 11. Henry Haig (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 3. Max Bearse (2015); 4. Andrew Ward (2015 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship, Second Team All-NESCAC)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster: Cal Fullerton (Lawrenceville), Ian Squiers (Miami Valley School), Satya Butler (Germantown Friends), Sebastian Gilligan-Kim (BB&N), Jackson Rubinoff (St. Paul’s), and Arjun Dravid (Haverford)

Leadership Committee: Matt Cooper, Alex Reisley, Christian Dorff, and Ben Bristol

Team Goals: Come together as a team, get better throughout the season and compete well.

Key Matches: All matches

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