By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 10, 2016 at 9:10 PM ET

Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME — Bowdoin completed the 2015 – 2016 season with a 6 – 7 record and finished 8th in the Summers Cup at the Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. The Polar Bears want to return to their winning ways this season. Head coach Tomas Fortson, Bowdoin’s all-time men’s squash coaching wins leader, is focused on “all matches.” The team played six 5-4 matches last year, winning half of them. Experience in close matches will be critical this season as the Polar Bears attempt to move up the rankings. Joining the squad will be assistant coach Scott Phillips. In addition, Bowdoin is adding three freshmen to the team, which will help fill the void left by the three players not returning from last season’s Team Championship line-up. Bowdoin plays a tough schedule, and they need to seize their opportunities in close matches this season if they want to remain in the Summers Cup.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-17

Final Ranking: 24

Team Championships: 8th in the Summers Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 6… Top 3 Win%: .290… Middle 3 Win%: .290… Lower 3 Win%: .348…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ian Squiers (2019 – NESCAC Second-Team); 3. Ben Bristol (2017); 5. George Cooley (2018 – NESCAC All-Academic); 6. Satya Butler (2019); 7. Sebastian Gilligan-Kim (2019);  9. Sam Ward (2018); 10. Arjun Dravid (2019);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Matt Cooper (2016 – NESCAC Second-Team); 4. Alex Reisley (2016 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team; NESCAC All-Academic); 8. Cyrus Nassikas (2017); 11. Henry Haig (2018);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • James Paolella
  • Drew Clark
  • Tyler Shonrock

Captains: Ben Bristol and Christian Dorff

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

Key Matches: All matches

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