Rochester: 2018-2019 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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After nearly reaching the pinnacle of the college game in 2016, finishing as national runner-up, the University of Rochester Men’s Squash team has finished in the bottom half of the Potter Cup draw for the past two years. With a 5th place finish in 2017 and 6th in 2018, Head Coach Martin Heath and his squad hope to reverse that trend in 2019. Doing so, however, certainly presents a challenge considering the make-up of Rochester’s lineup heading into the season.  CSA Second Team All-American Tomotaka Endo graduated in 2018 along with two of his teammates who were also in the starting lineup, but Heath adds only two first-years to the roster as potential replacements.  Both recruits look to be strong additions to the roster, but the Yellowjackets will need at least one returner from the bottom portion of their ladder to step up into meaningful play right away.  The roster will have to round into shape relatively quickly too with challengers Penn and Princeton traveling to Rochester in early December. With only 12 student-athletes on the roster, sustaining player health late into the season will be vital with Dartmouth and St. Lawrence at the tail end of the schedule.

2017-2018 SEASON RECAP

Season Record:  9-8

Final Ranking:  6

Team Championships Result:  6th in the Potter Cup (A Division)

2018-2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach:  Martin Heath

Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Ashley Davies; 3. Ricardo Lopez; 4. Lawrence Kuhn; 5. Matthew Toth; 6. Marcus Sim Wei Jie; 9. Rodrigo Porras; 10. Alex Riedelsheimer

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Tomotaka Endo; 7. Numair Sani; 8. Ben Pitfield

Additions to 2018-2019 Roster:

  • Cesar Segundo Corona
  • Thijs Van der Pluijm

Key Matches:  Penn, Princeton, Dartmouth, St. Lawrence

To read season previews for other CSA teams, please visit the 2018-2019 College Squash Season Previews page.