Brown: 2016 – 2017 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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Brown University Providence, RI — Brown finshed last season with an 8th place finish in the Hoehn Cup (B Division) at the Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. The Bears  reside in one of the most competitive areas of the men’s team rankings. Fortunately for the Bears, their sole 5-4 victory of the season over Bates earned them the final position in the Hoehn Cup. This season, Brown will replace three graduating players with three experienced freshmen, two of whom are expected to compete for positions in the top 3. According to head coach Stuart le Gassick, the team’s goal is “to work hard while smiling, to continue to repect our opponents and retain our position in the B Division.” He adds that “the team is a close knit unit who enjoy training and competing together as a team. Their academics and athletic experience are equally important – and they support each other in both areas of their Brown experience.” The race for the final Hoehn Cup positions should be very competitive and Brown will need to win more close matches to retain their position from last season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-13

Final Ranking: 16

Team Championships: 8th in the Hoehn Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 5… Top 3 Win%: .278… Middle 3 Win%: .519… Lower 3 Win%: .389…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Stuart le Gassick

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Thomas Blecher (2018); 3. Alexander Baldock (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 5. Philip Demeulenaere (2019); 7. Alex Demeulenaere (2017); 8. Charles Blasberg (2018); 9. Benjamin Caraballo (2019); 10. Thomas Walker (2018); 11. Palak Goel (2019);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. John Blasberg (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 4. Oliver Booth (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 6. Foster Hoff (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Blake Gilbert-Bono and Harrison Boyer
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Nicholas Pitaro

Captains: Alex Baldock and Alex Demeulenaere

Team Goals: Retain our position in the B Division

Key Matches: Middlebury, Virginia, Amherst, and Williams

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