By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 9, 2016 at 7:29 PM ET

George Washington University Washington, DC — George Washington continued its ascension up the rankings last season. The Colonials bested their previous season and best program finish ever of 14th in the nation by concluding last season ranked 11th in the country. According to assistant coach Anderson Good, “Last season was highest final ranking in men’s GW Squash history. We also attained the highest ranking in program history during the season when we rose to #10 in the country. We had program’s first-ever wins over Brown, Cornell, and Princeton.” George Washington will travel to the Cayman Islands in early January for a training trip. This should help the three talented freshmen bond with their teammates. The Colonials will need to recover from the tropical training trip as they head for a January trip to upstate New York, which includes the team’s first-ever trip to St. Lawrence. “It is a great group of guys with good leadership and a strong nucleus of young players that are capable of taking this team to the next level of college squash,” adds Good. Don’t be surprised if George Washington is in the hunt for the Hoehn Cup this season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 14-7

Final Ranking: 11

Team Championships: 3rd in the Hoehn Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 4 of 4… Top 3 Win%: .746… Middle 3 Win%: .460… Lower 3 Win%: .556…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Lawrence

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Mahmoud Abdel- Maksoud (2019); 2. Oisin Logan (2018); 3. Andres DeFrutos (2017); 4. Nicolas Valderrama (2017);  7. William Berner (2018); 9. John Bassett (2018); 10. Omar Mussehl (2018); 11. Joshua Marks (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 5. James Reiss (2016); 6. Juan Pablo Mejia (2019); 8. Reid Breck (2016); Mason Ripka (2018);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Jamie Oakley (Tauranga, New Zealand)
  • Geordie Laird  (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Juan Sebastian Laguna (Bogota, Colombia)

Captains: Andres de Frutos, Josh Marks, and Oisin Logan

Team Goals: To continue to move up the rankings

Key Matches: All matches

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