Poughkeepsie, NY — After capturing the H Division at Team Championships with a nail-biting 5-4 victory over league rival and Hudson Valley neighbor Bard, Vassar is looking to advance to the Hawthorn Cup (G Division) at the 2015 – 2015 Team Championships. Vassar concluded last season on a five-match winning streak. Vassar replaced its two graduating seniors with two first-year students with squash experience. Co-captaining the Brewers will be Tim Veit and Juan-Pablo Fernandez. According to head coach Jane Parker, “Veit started playing squash in his first year at Vassar when he registered for a PE beginner squash class. He was unanimously voted co-captain as a senior. He is likely to play in position #2 or 3 on the team.” Hudson Valley rivals Bard and Siena will be key for the Brewers this season. With a little improvement, especially at the bottom of their ladder, look for Vassar to move up the rankings.
2014-2015 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 6-9
Final Ranking: 57
Team Championships: 1st in the H Division
By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win %: 0.3409… Middle 3 Win %: 0.3636… Lower 3 Win %: 0.2778
2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Varsity
Head Coach: Jane Parker
Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Vincent Mencotti (2017); 2. Tim Veit (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 3. Juan-Pablo Fernandez (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 7. Ben Kurchin (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 8. Tim Boycott (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 9. Sam Hammer (2017 – Liberty League All-Academic); 10. Michael Iselin (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 11. Lucas Fifer (2017 – Liberty League All-Academic, studying abroad in the Spring)
Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. David Garfinkel (2015); 5. Ryan Kurtzman (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, Liberty League All-Academic); 6. Noah Kulick (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, Liberty League All-Academic)
Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster: George Platt (2019, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY) and Isaac Stuart (2019, Waring School, Beverly, MA)
Captains: Tim Veit and Juan-Pablo Fernandez
Team Goals: To make the Hawthorn Cup
Key Matches: Bard and Siena
To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.