2018 Men’s US Squash Ranking: #52
Easton, PA — Lafayette is motivated to return to Team Championships this season. After only playing four matches last year. the team fell short of the qualifying standard for nationals. This season, the Leopards are ready. According to Waseh Ahmad, Lafayette’s “goals for this year are to take advantage of the enthusiasm of our new players and to beat our previous year records, as well as to play as much squash as possible and be a competitive team.” The team is looking forward to round robins Jesters tournament in Baltimore as well as the National Tournament in CT. The other captain for Lafayette will be Ryan Nadire. Everyone puts their heart and soul out onto the court and even with our record, remain extraordinarily positive and is always looking to get someone else hooked on the game we all know and love. Lafayette appears motivated for the 2017 – 2018 season.
2016-2017 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 1-3
Final Ranking: #49
Team Championships: 2-1
By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.1818… Middle 3 Win %: 0.1818… Lower 3 Win %: 0.1667
2017-2018 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Club
Captains: Ryan Nadire, Waseh Ahmad
Coach: Eric Boyer
Team Goals: Play as much squash as possible and be a competitive team
The Lafayette College Club Squash team is looking forward to the start of the 2010-2011 squash season, hoping to capitalize on last year’s repeat as Hawthorn Cup Champions. Lafayette has already built it’s biggest and most competitive schedule since the club’s inception, and welcomes back nearly a full squad from last year. Stay tuned for more Squash news about the Leopards.
The Lafayette Club Squash team concluded another successful season and trip to the CSA National Championship. The team came into the tournament looking to repeat as Hawthorn Cup champions. This year’s tournament was held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In our opening match we played against Fordham University.
The match proved to be an epic battle against two determined teams. Will Giammattei and CJ Horning came through with some vital early victories for the Leopards in the 8 and 9 spot, respectively. Mark Bottini won a thrilling 5-game match by defeating Fordham’s number 3 player 11-9 in the fifth game. Lafayette Squash Club team’s president Carter Rufe overcame a shoulder injury which had him sidelined for most of the season to defeat Fordham’s number 2 handily in 3 games. Frank Dalicandro in the number 4 spot for Lafayette lost a very tight and well fought match in the fifth game 11-9. With the match 4-3 in favor of Lafayette after tough losses from Senior Aung Lin at the number 5 spot and Junior Rob Elliot at the number 7 spot, senior Lexy Pierce after being down two games to zero showed her resilience to battle her way back to win games three and four. The fifth game was a thriller with both players fighting off match points against them but it inevitably ended with Fordham’s number 6 defeating Lexy 16-14. The deciding match came down to Lafayette number 1 Chip Culp who easily defeated Fordham’s number 1 in 3 games to clinch the match for Lafayette in the opening round of the CSA national championship Hawthorn bracket.
The semifinals saw Lafayette taking on the number 1 seed in the bracket the University of Vermont. After a thrilling victory over Fordham University, the Leopards carried their momentum into the next match by dominating the Catamounts with a decisive 8-1 victory. The leopards were now just one victory away from retaining the Hawthorn Cup.
The finals saw Lafayette taking on Bryant University. Bryant University came out with a ton of energy looking to avenge their loss to Lafayette at last year’s national tournament. It was very close early with Bryant taking an early 2-1 lead against Lafayette. But then Lafayette’s number 3 Mark Bottini overcame a tough Bryant University competitor to win his match in 5-games to change up the momentum in favor of Lafayette. Key wins from Carter Rufe and Chip Culp in decisive fashion put the Hawthorn Cup well within reach for Lafayette. The Leopards were able to gain the necessary victories from the middle of the line-up to secure a 6-3 victory for Lafayette and allow us to defend our title of Hawthorn Cup Champions!!!