By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 18, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 17, 2016 at 7:42 PM ET

Hobart College Geneva, NY — Hobart had three 5-4 matches last year but only captured a single close match. However, that 5-4 victory came on the final day of the 2016 Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships and helped the Statesmen finish the season ranked 23rd in the nation. According to head coach Tim Riskie the team has several goals: “Train hard in practice everyday. Achieve above a 3.0 team GPA. Improve on last season’s final ranking. Take pride in the grind!” The team will be volunteering with the Lunch Buddies program. Team members will go to a local elementary school and have lunch with the kids in an effort to serve as positive role models. During the winter break, the team is planning a road trip through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to play a number of teams, which will serve as a good test of their training. According to Riskie, “Everyone is excited to work hard and continue to improve themselves and the Hobart program. We have a diverse team of student-athletes, who get along well on and off the court and share a common passion for squash.”

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-14

Final Ranking: 23

Team Championships: 7th in the Summers Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 3… Top 3 Win%: .333… Middle 3 Win%: .485… Lower 3 Win%: .455…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tim Riskie

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Josh Oakley (2019 – Liberty League All-League Team);  3. Felipe Pantle (2017);  5. Terrance Rose (2018); 6. Jack Shannon (2018); 7. Divine Wing (2018); 10. Matt Frantz (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Beau Orchard (2017); 4. Ilyas Khan (2019); 8. Danny Cabrera (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 9. Gabe Garcia (2019);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Graham Henderson
  • Ahmed Kiwan

Captains: Terrance Rose, Jack Shannon, and Felipe Pantle

Team Goals: Train hard in practice everyday. Achieve above a 3.0 team GPA. Improve on last season’s final ranking.

Key Matches: Bowdoin, Colby, MIT, Stanford, Hamilton, Williams, and Middlebury

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