Princeton, NJ — After coming within points of winning the national team title in 2009, Princeton had a more uneven 2009-2010 season. Hampered by injuries early in the season, the Tigers lost close 4-5 matches to Rochester and Yale. Toward the end of the season, the Tigers were closer to full strength, and they finished third at the Men’s National Team Championships and second in the Ivy League. Todd Harrity made it to the finals of the men’s Individual Championships and was named 2009-2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Harrity, Dave Letourneau, and Kelly Shannon all earned All-American honors as well. All three will return to the team, as will 2008-2009 All-American Chris Callis.
Coming into the 2010-2011 season, the Tigers have two main goals: to reclaim the Ivy title and play their best at the Men’s National Team Championships.
Joining the team will be two first-year players, Ash Egan and Dylan Ward. Egan is a graduate of the Haverford School and played #3 on the US team at the World Junior Championships in Ecuador this summer. He has been ranked as high as #4 in the US junior ranking system. Ward, a graduate of Chestnut Hill Academy, represented the US in the singles competition at the World Junior Championships and was ranked #7 nationally as a junior. Princeton head coach Bob Callahan characterizes both Egan and Ward as “terrific competitors” and expects both to contend for spots in the Tigers’ varsity lineup.
Egan and Ward were not the only Princeton players to gain international playing experience over the summer. Harrity helped the US win the bronze medal at the World University Squash Games in Melbourne, Australia. He also earned a bronze medal in the singles competition.
2009-2010 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 12-4
Final Ranking: 3
Team Championships/Conference: 3rd Overall; 3rd in Potter Cup (A Division); 2nd in Ivy League
2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Varsity
Head Coach: Bob Callahan
Returning Players from Team Championships: Clay Blackiston (9); Chris Callis (3); Todd Harrity (1; 1st Team All-American; All-Ivy; Ivy League Rookie of the Year); Dave Letourneau (2; 2nd Team All-American); David Pena (7); Nikhil Seth (10); Kelly Shannon (5; 2nd Team All-American; All-Ivy); Peter Sopher (8); Philip Sopher (11)
Graduates on Last Season’s Team Championships Roster: Dave Canner (4; 2009-2010 Captain); Santiago Imberton (6; 2009-2010 Captain)
Additions to the 2010-2011 Roster: Ash Egan and Dylan Ward
Captains: David Letourneau and Peter Sopher
Team Goals: Win the Ivy Championships and play their best at the Men’s National Team Championships
Key Matches: Yale, Trinity, Harvard, Cornell, and Rochester
To read other team previews, please visit the 2010 – 2011 College Squash Preview Page.