Hobart: 2013 – 2014 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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Hobart College Geneva, NY — The level of play in the Liberty League has been steadily improving in recent years. While Rochester and St. Lawrence have opened a gap between them and the other Liberty League schools, Hobart has positioned themselves for improvement with a large incoming class. There will be eight members of the class of 2017 on the Statesmen’s roster, and most of those players bring prep squash experience with them. The new players are Hayden Dunham (Berkshire School), Fernando Flores (Trinity Pawling), Scott Marcus (Penn Charter), Artie Martella (Woodlynde School), Beau Orchard (Westminster School), Felipe Pantle (Millbrook School), Jack Richardson (Episcopal High School), and Ben Shapiro (Riverdell Regional High School). Billy Abrams, a rising senior, will also join the Hobart squad after transferring from the Naval Academy. Head coach Tim Riskie has identified Hamilton, Connecticut College, Bowdoin, Colby, Stanford, and Georgetown as key opponents. “These teams are ranked ahead of us and within the top 25,” says Riskie, who would like to see his team breach the top 25 this season.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-14

Final Ranking: 29

Team Championships: 5th in the Conroy Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Tim Riskie

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Will Boyle (2014); 2. McGee O’Neil (2015); 5. Danny Cabrera (2016); 6. Peter Sammis (2016); 7. Michael Woods (2016); 10. Spencer Ward (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 3. Edgardo Gonzalez (2013); 4. Julian Snider (2013 – Scholar Athlete; Liberty League All-Academic); 8. Eric DeRose (2013 – Liberty League All-Academic); 9. Charlie Merrill (2013); 11. Rudy Small (2016)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster: Billy Abrams (transfer from US Naval Academy); Hayden Dunham (Berkshire School); Fernando Flores (Trinity Pawling); Scott Marcus (Penn Charter); Artie Martella (Woodlynde School); Beau Orchard (Westminster School); Felipe Pantle (Millbrook School); Jack Richardson (Episcopal High School); Ben Shapiro (Riverdell Regional High School)

Captain: Will Boyle

Team Goals: Finish the season ranked in the top 25

Key Matches: Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Georgetown, Hamilton, and Stanford

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.