GW Men's Squash Announces Incoming Student-Athletes

July 20, 2016

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WASHINGTON - George Washington men's squash head coach Wendy Lawrence has announced that a trio of international student-athletes will join the Colonials for the 2016-17 season.

Juan Laguna (Bogota, Colombia), Geordie Laird (Calgary, Alberta) and Jamie Oakley (Tauranga, New Zealand) will bring the number of international players on the roster to seven, joining Andres de Frutos and Nicolas Valderrama of Colombia, Oisin Logan of Ireland and Moudy Abdel-Maksoud of Egypt.

GW is coming off of a 14-7 season that included an upset of Princeton, its first-ever win over the Tigers, in the College Squash Association (CSA) Hoehn Cup (B-Division) 11/12 playoff. The Colonials finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 11 in the nation, the highest end-of-season ranking in program history.

GW returns its top three performers from a season ago in sophomore Moudy Abdel-Maksoud (16 victories), senior Andres de Frutos (16) and junior Oisin Logan (13), in addition to four returning letterwinners.

 

 

Juan Laguna
Fr.
Bogota, Colombia/Buckingham School

High School/Club: Represented Colombia in international competition at the 2015 Pan-American Games and 2015 World Junior Squash Championship … 2015 South-American Bronze Medalist … won silver medal at Under 19 Colombian Nationals … competed in main draw of PSA Colombian Open in 2015 … runner-up at 2015 Senior Colombian Nationals … won bronze medal at 2013 Pan-American Games … 2014 Under 17 Colombian National Champion … 2012 Under 15 Colombian National Champion … 2012 Pan-American Under 15 Bronze Medalist.

Coach Lawrence on Laguna: "Juan is a member of the prestigious Colombian Junior National Team that will be competing in August at the Pan American Games. Juan will team with fellow GW Colombians Andres de Frutos and Nico Valderrama. I first saw Juan play at the US Open at Yale last winter and he impressed me with his speed and touch. He will add depth to the team as a starter this fall."

Geordie Laird
Fr.
Calgary, Alberta/Western Canada

High School/Club: Has 62 career singles victories competing for Squash Alberta … advanced to quarterfinals of 2016 Rogers Insurance Canadian National Doubles Championships in the Men’s Open draw with partner Neil Pohlman … placed fourth at 2016 Alberta Junior Championships in the Under 19 division.

Coach Lawrence on Laird: "Geordie is a top Canadian junior from Calgary and a former Under-19 Provincial Champion of Alberta ... he will ad a lot to this team as far as experience and talent. He is quick and a player who will move up the ladder in short order to gain a top-10 spot."

Jamie Oakley
Fr.
Tauranga, New Zealand/Tauranga Boys College

High School/Club: Competed at Tauranga Boys College under head coach Damien Galvin … 2016 Boys Under 19 New Zealand Junior Open champion … 2015 Boys Under-19 New Zealand National Champion … runner-up at the 2015 Canadian Junior Squash Open.

Coach Lawrence on Oakley: "Without a doubt, Jamie is one of the top recruits in program history. He is the top-ranked junior in New Zealand with vast international tournament experience as a member of the New Zealand National Team, where he will be competing in Poland in August at the World Junior Championships. He is a seasoned competitor from a storied squash family. His mother is former world No. 1 Susan Devoy, who won the World Championships a record four times in her career."

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