St. Lawrence: 2016 – 2017 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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St. Lawrence University Canton, NY — This season, St. Lawrence will be a young team. In fact, the Saints’ sole returning senior played #11 last season. The team graduated three seniors from the starting line-up from the Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships, including Amr Khaled Khalifa, the four-time Liberty League Player of the Year and the 2016 Skillman Award winner. According to Sports Information Director Beth Spadaccini, “The men’s team is young this season and will be rebuilding over the next two to three years, so there is an opportunity for younger players to step up. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the St. Lawrence squash program.” With four players joining the young squad, the Saints’ ladder appears extremely deep. St. Lawrence has had tremendous success the past few years, including being the national championship runner up in 2015. This year may be a slight down year, but expect the Saints to be in the Potter Cup mix again this season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-4

Final Ranking: 4

Team Championships: 4th in the Potter Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 4 of 6… Top 3 Win%: .895… Middle 3 Win%: .702… Lower 3 Win%: .632…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Chris Abplanalp

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Moustafa Bayoumy (2018 – Liberty League All-League Team; MCSA First Team All-American); 3. Ahmed Bayoumy (2018 – Liberty League All-League Team; MCSA First Team All-American); 4. Lenard Puski (2019 – Liberty League All-League Team; Liberty League Rookie of the Year; MCSA Second Team All-American); 5. Hussien Elrayes (2018); 6. George Willis (2019 – Liberty League Honorable Mention); 7. Lockie Munro (2018); 10. Julian Jervis (2019); 11. Kingsley Amoako (2017); Ryan Fletcher (2019);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Amr Khaled Khalifa (2016 – Liberty League Player of the Year; MCSA Skillman Award Winner; Liberty League All-League Team; MCSA First Team All-American); 8. Tim Lasusa (2016); 9. Ness Billimoria (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Aran Thawani (Pune, India)
  • Karim Abouhassan – (St. George’s School – Cairo, Egypt)
  • Pranay Jain (Podar School – Mumbai, India)
  • Youssef Fikry (Kent School – Cairo, Egypt)

Captains: Ahmed Bayoumy and Lockie Munro

Team Goals: Liberty League Championship

Key Matches: Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Trinity, Rochester, and Penn

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