The 2016-17 version of the Amherst College men's squash team features four seniors, a junior, five sophomores, and three first-years who will all look to factor into a successful season for the Purple & White.
Under the guidance of head coach Peter Robson, now in his 30th season at the helm of the men's program, Amherst will have to replace four-year First Team All-NESCAC standout Noah Browne '16 who was one of just three league players to close out his career as a four-time all-conference selection, and one of just two players to garner first team recognition in all four years. Robson has now logged an impressive, 303-240 overall record since taking over the team during the 1987-88 season.
In 2015-16, the Purple & White registered a 7-10 overall record, and advanced to the consolation final of the 2016 Summers Cup (C Division) CSA Men's National Team Championship. Browne earned a bid to the CSA Individual championships and advanced to the round of 16 where he capped his senior campaign with a 14-4 overall record.
Beginning the 2016-17 season ranked 21st in the first CSA Coaches Poll, Amherst will host Brandeis Dec. 3 at the Davenport Squash Courts in its season and home opener at 1 p.m. in its first and only match of the fall semester.
The Purple & White begin the spring semester Jan. 11 when it hosts No. 15 Middlebury, before hosting the Pioneer Valley Invitational Jan. 20-22. Amherst takes on Stanford and No. 16 Brown on Friday; No. 28 Hamilton, and No. 13 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday; and No. 17 Bates, and No. 20 Colby on Sunday. The Purple & White then host the Little III Championship against No. 19 Wesleyan and No. 18 Williams on Jan. 28.
February 3-5 marks the NESCAC Championship, followed by tilts with No. 4 St. Lawrence (Feb. 10) and No. 26 MIT (Feb. 11). Amherst will then travel to Harvard for the CSA Team Championships (Feb. 17-19), followed by the CSA Individual Championships (March 3-5) hosted by Dartmouth.
MEET THE TEAM
Despite the loss of Browne, Amherst returns an experienced squad to the court, led by senior tri-captains Darian Ehsani, Michael Groot, Jeremy Van, and Peter Woolverton. Ehsani posted a 4-10 record last season, playing primarily from the No. 5 position, while Groot was 5-4 from the No. 6 position an unblemished, 3-0 from the seventh slot a year ago. Van turned in a 5-6 record at the No. 8 position, while Woolverton was 1-0 at the ninth position in 2015-16.
Cameron Bahadori '18 was a mainstay for the Purple & White from the No. 2 position last year, competing at that spot in 13 of 16 matches. The Great Falls, Va. native collected a 4-9 mark in the second position, and a combined 2-1 record from the third and fourth positions.
David Merkel '19 and Harith Khawaja '19 headlined a group of five first-years last season as Merkel posted seven wins (7-9) from the No. 3 position, while Khawaja added a 3-9 mark from the No. 4 position. Lucas Sheiner '19 was 4-7 from the No. 7 slot, while Ian Petty '19 posted a record of 3-3 from the No. 10 position. Rob Schwartz III '19 was 1-0 from the tenth position in 2015-16.
Not yet a member of the Friends of Amherst Men's Squash for the 2016-17 year? Become a first-time member of or renew your membership in the FAA and support Coach Robson and the men's squash program. Make a gift ahead of the team's first home match against Brandeis on Dec. 3. Go Amherst!