By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 24, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 23, 2016 at 9:11 PM ET

Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY — In his second season as the head coach at Bard, Craig Thorpe-Clark guided the Raptors to a 11-8 record. Previously, the program’s record for victories in a season was 8. The team was recognized for their sportsmanship by being named the recipient of last season’s Sloane Award. Thorpe-Clark wants to “build on the momentum and improvement from last year’s season and continue to improve on a daily basis, keeping up the intensity in our practices and match play.” In the fall, the team traveled to Philadelphia to volunteer with SquashSmarts and to watch the U.S. Open. Thorpe-Clark, who was recently elevated from a part-time to  full-time position with Bard athletics, helped Bard secure its first Liberty League tournament victory with a win over nearby Vassar. Abe Etkin will serve as captain of the Raptors. Over the summer, Etkin interned at CitySquash, an experience that included on court coaching and teaching. With the loss of only two players from last season and the addition of six players, look for the Raptors to pick up where they left off last season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-8

Final Ranking: 45

Team Championships: 5th in the Serues Cup (F Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .491… Middle 3 Win%: .561… Lower 3 Win%: .614…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Craig Thorpe-Clark (MCSA Sloane Award)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Rhys Nordstrom (2019); 2. Aya Maeda (2018); 4. Julian Dime (2019); 5. Abe Etkin (2017); 6. Vikramaditya Joshi (2018 – Liberty League All-Academic); 7. Pranjal Ghate (2018 – Liberty League All-Academic); 9. Satwick Srikrishnan (2017); 10. Rishab Badoni (2018); 11. Olivia Cornali (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Jack Smith (2016); 8. Asad Hashmi (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Aman Kurien (2018); Matt Lampeter (2017)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Simon DeBevoise (2018);  Theo Webb (2020); Artun Ak (2020); Marko Jukic (2020)

Captain: Abe Etkin

Team Goals: Continue to improve on a daily basis and keep up the intensity in our practices and match play.

Key Matches: Vassar and Siena

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