Chatham University Honored With 2020 Barnaby Award

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Chatham University accepts the 2020 Barnaby Award at the CSA National Collegiate Individual Championships (l to r): CSA Executive Director & League Commissioner David Poolman, Chatham Head Coach Larissa Stephenson, and first-year Abdul Malik (photo: Michael T. Bello)

Chatham University has earned the College Squash Association’s (CSA) 2020 Barnaby Award as the most improved Men’s team. The Barnaby Award, voted on by all of the CSA men’s varsity coaches, recognizes the team that has improved the most since the end of the previous season in both its final team ranking and the quality of the opponents it has surpassed.

Chatham University finished the 2019-2020 season ranked 28th, which is 36 positions higher than their final 2018-2019 ranking of 64. This 36-position jump from last year to this year represents the largest improvement in ranking of any team in the CSA.

In the program’s second year competing as a varsity team, the Cougars finished the regular season with an impressive 12-6 record and earned a spot in the Conroy (D) Division at the CSA National Collegiate Men’s Team Championships. As the 6-seed in the Conroy Cup draw, Chatham won their first match in an upset over the 3-seed, Wesleyan University, in a tight 5-4 contest before falling to the eventual Championship finalists Hamilton College in the Semifinals. The Cougars wrapped up the 2019-2020 season with a 13-8 record.

The Barnaby Award was first presented in 1983. The 2020 Barnaby Award is Chatham University’s first Most Improved Team Award.