By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2015 at 7:24 PM ET

Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, ME — Bowdoin made the most of their Walker Cup run at the 2014 – 2015 Team Championships. The Polar Bears were seeded 3rd and made it to the finals. This was especially gratifying since during the regular season, Bowdoin lost 3-6 to Hamilton. In the Walker Cup semifinals, that score was reversed, and Bowdoin advanced to the finals to face Amherst. After losing three players to graduation, the Polar Bears are expecting four first-year students to join the line-up, including one player expected  to compete for a position in the top 3. This should strengthen Bowdoin’s line-up. Last season, Bowdoin went 3-0 in 5-4 matches, and that experience will be beneficial this season. According to head coach Tomas Fortson, the goals of the season are to “develop our team dynamics, improve our skills consistently, and be at our best in competition, while enjoying the process.” Look for Bowdoin to move up the NESCAC and national rankings this season.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-12

Final Ranking: 18

Team Championships: 2nd in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 3… Top 3 Win %: 0.3939… Middle 3 Win %: 0.4848… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4091

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Sarah Nelson (2017 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship, Second Team All-NESCAC); 2. Torey Lee (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 3. Tully Ross (2018); 5. Diya Chopra (2018); 7. Chloe Polikoff (2017); 8. Alex Moreno (2018); 10. Nicole Ampatey (2016); 11. Zoe Wood (2018); Perla Rubi (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. Alden Drake (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 6. Sara Wlodarczyk (2015); 9. Emily Simonton (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); Katherine Gracey (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Alexa Horwitz (Baldwin)
  • Expected to play in the top 9: Natalie LaPlant (returning from abroad), Mariela Mendoza (Episcopal, VA), and Gaby Foti (Loomis)
  • Other addition: Alicia Lima

Captains: Torey Lee and Sarah Nelson

Team Goals: Develop our team dynamics, improve our skills consistently and be at our best in competition, while enjoying the process.

Key Matches: All matches

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