By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 7:51 PM ET

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD — With five players not returning from the starting line-up at the 2016 Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships, Johns Hopkins acknowledges that the upcoming season may be different. “While we anticipate a difficult season after having graduated many of our top players last year, this year will be exciting to build a new community for Hopkins Men’s Squash,” states tri-captain Phil Shin. The Blue Jays are anticipating seven players to join this year’s squad. With the turnover in the ladder, success in 5-4 matches may not be as solid as last season. In the 2015 – 2016 season, the Blue Jays went 5 for 5 in 5-4 matches with victories over Denison, MIT, Georgetown, Chicago, and Haverford. Shin adds that Johns Hopkins is “looking to become more involved with Baltimore SquashWise this season, as we were a while back. It is really exciting to be able to coach and mentor kids from the city and community that we live in.” Johns Hopkins may struggle to return to the Conroy Cup (D Division) this season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-6

Final Ranking: 31

Team Championships: 7th in the Conroy Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 5 of 5… Top 3 Win%: .471… Middle 3 Win%: .451… Lower 3 Win%: .588…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Peter Heffernan

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Luca Pinelli (2018); 3. Philip Shin (2018); 4. Rahul Reddy (2019); 7. Anuj Mehndiratta (2018); 11. Jason Cui (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Harrison Finkelstein (2016); 5. Stefan Reichenstein (2016); 6. Noel Swanson (2016); 8. Jack McNulty (2016); 9. Patrick Sernyak (2016); 10. Harsh Kapadia (2018);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Preston Coffin, Michael Tritsch, Jonathan Kim
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Robin Xue, Jerry Lin, Jack Klein, Mick Lim

Captains: Phil Shin, Eli Ross and Rahul Reddy

Team Goals: To rebuild the squash community at Johns Hopkins

Key Matches: Georgetown and Bucknell

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