AMHERST, Mass. – Only graduating one senior just a year ago, the Amherst men's squash team returned an experience corps for the 2018-19 season which kicks off on Saturday afternoon when they host Western Ontario at 10:00 AM and Northeastern at 1:00 PM.
The Mammoths finished last season with a record of 8-12, return 12 student-athletes to the roster while adding five first-year members. The Mammoths are led by Robson who enters his 32nd season at the helm of the men's squash team; he is assisted by Graham Gal and Stuart Crawford.
"We have an experienced, strong, and deep roster this year" said coach Robson, "They have been terrific and have great leadership, they know that it's their year".
MEET THE SENIORS
Harith Khawaja '19, David Merkel '19, Rob Schwartz III '19 and Lucas Sheiner '19 return for their final year in the Purple & White and aim to lead the team through their veteran presence. Khawaja and Merkel will serve as the 2018-19 season captains, accruing overall records of 3-5 and 7-5 last season respectively.
Merkel maintained a perfect record at the number two spot with a 4-0 mark, while Schwartz and Sheiner will vie for an increased role in this upcoming season.
RETURNERS AND FIRST-YEARS
Mitch Ford '20, Mateen Mills '20, and Christopher Zimmerman will headline the junior class as they build off of last season's successes to continue to make positive strides for the program. Mills recorded an undefeated 5-0 record at the number seven spot last season, including a pair of important wins against Hamilton and Colby in post season action last season.
Zimmerman marked a 6-4 record between the seventh and eighth spot, totaling out his sophomore campaign 7-5 overall.
The largest returning class on the Amherst squash roster, sophomores Reginald Brewster '21, Pavan Nagaraj '21, Arnav Parikh '21, Robert Parker '21, and Terrence Wang '21 will lend strong experience for the Mammoths.
Brewster opened up his second season on a four match win streak, taking down Tufts, Boston University, Connecticut College, and Northeastern. Nagaraj held down the fifth spot with a record of 5-2, posting impressive wins against Northeastern in the beginning of the season and Hamilton in post-season play.
Parikh accumulated a 6-3 record at the nine spot while Parker went undefeated (4-0) at the third spot. Wang, an All-NESCAC Second Team selection last year, went 6-6 at number one and posted a needed win against Colby College in the NESCAC Championships.
The Amherst coaching staff brought in first-years Robinson Armour '22, John Grissom '22, Shayan Hussain '22, Andrew Leung '22 and Charles Sutherby '22 who will aim to make an immediate positive impact for the team this season.