By Anne Bello
Published Oct 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 3, 2016 at 10:13 PM ET

Middlebury College Middlebury, VT — After winning three Summers Cups in a row, Middlebury finally made the leap into the B Division last year, and the Panthers aren’t looking back. “With a large and strong incoming class, we’d like to move up in the B Division,” reports Middlebury head coach Mark Lewis. Seven first-year players will be joining the squad, which finished 15th in the nation last year. This season’s team will be led by co-captains Wyatt French and Andrew Cadienhead. Last season, French had key wins over Navy and Brown, matches that again will be crucial for the Panthers in the competitive B Division. Look for Williams and Bates to be significant pieces of Middlebury’s regular-season schedule as well. According to Lewis, “All of these matches will be close and will determine out seedings in the NESCAC tournament and nationals.” The Panthers closed out the 2015 – 2016 season with a 5-4 win over Brown; Middlebury remarkably went 5 for 5 in 5-4 matches last year. New technology — a monitor and ipads to implement live scoring with club locker for home matches — will enhance Middlebury’s training this year. Lewis characterizes the Panthers as a “close team that is committed to the hard work necessary to improve.”

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-6

Final Ranking: 15

Team Championships: 7th in the Hoehn Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 5 of 5… Top 3 Win%: .526… Middle 3 Win%: .509… Lower 3 Win%: .649…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mark Lewis

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Wyatt French (2017 – NESCAC First-Team; NESCAC All-Academic); 3. Andrew Cadienhead (2017); 5. Henry Pearson (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 6. Ben Krant (2017); 7. William Kurth (2018 – NESCAC All-Academic); 8. Robert Rohrbach (2019); 9. Cameron Dewey (2018 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Sam Giddins (2018); 11. Ryan Swope (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. David Cromwell (2016 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team); 4. Harrison Croll (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic); Andrew Jung (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Jack Kagan (Hotchkiss)
  • Will Cembalest (Poly Prep)
  • Jacob Ellen (Dalton)
  • Nick Bermingham (Hotchkiss)
  • Thomas Wolpow (Belmont Hill)
  • John Rohrbach (Greenwich High School)
  • Ross Liftman

Captains: Wyatt French and Andrew Cadienhead

Team Goals: Move higher in the Hoehn Cup

Key Matches: Navy, Brown, Williams, and Bates

To read other team previews, please visit the 2016-2017 College Squash Season Previews page.