GW Men's Squash Hosts Georgetown in Friday's Season Opener
Colonials Host Hoyas in First of Nine Home Matches This Season
Nov. 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's squash team will open the 2012-13 season on Friday evening by hosting District rival Georgetown at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center at 7:30 p.m.
The Colonials return seven letterwinners from the team that won the College Squash Association Summers Cup (C-Division) Championship last spring over Colby.
The win marked the first team championship for the GW men's squash program and clinched its best season in program history as the Colonials concluded the season with a national ranking of No. 17.
The Colonials will host a record nine matches at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center this upcoming season. Facility upgrades over the summer included bleacher-style seating and a new electronic scoring system.
GW will open the season against Georgetown (Nov. 2) before hosting Bates College (Nov. 17), Penn (Nov. 17), Navy (Jan. 16), Virginia (Jan. 26), Johns Hopkins (Nov. 27), Vanderbilt (Nov. 27), Drexel (Feb. 2) and Franklin & Marshall (Feb. 8).
In all, the Colonials 2012-13 schedule features nine matches against opponents that finished in the top-15 of the final CSA National Rankings last season. These matches are critical to GW's goal of moving up in the CSA rankings during the course of the season.
Head Coach Wendy Lawrence enters her sixth season at the helm of the program and has a strong roster that features a steady balance of reliable veterans and talented newcomers.
Sobhy finished with a 19-4 overall record last season while El-Fiky won a single-season record-tying 21 matches against just three losses. Sobhy also won 21 matches during the 2010-11 season.
Also returning for their final seasons of competition are seniors Player Haynes and Sam Ehrlich. Haynes posted 13 victories last season to run his career total to 31 wins while Ehrlich posted 12 victories playing mostly at the No. 5 position on the ladder.
All four seniors will be regular fixtures in the lineup this season.
Junior Larkin Brinkworth finished third on the team with 14 victories last season, totaling his wins across four positions on the ladder and proving to be reliable wherever he was penciled into the lineup. Junior Chris Bell has totaled 23 victories in his first two seasons, including 11 wins last year, and will be an important fixture in the lineup entering his junior season.
Also returning is sophomore David Moxley, who posted 11 victories in his debut season at GW.
Four freshmen will be joining the program to start the 2012-13 season, headlined by the highest-rated men's recruit in program history, Ahmed Abdel-Latif. Abdel-Latif concluded his scholastic career at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) with a 76-2 record and was a three-time winner of the Mid-Atlantic Prep School League Tournament. A native of Cairo, Egypt, Ahmed also was the No. 1 ranked player in Egypt at U-13, U-15 and U-17. He is expected to play No. 3 behind El-Fiky and Sobhy.
James Reiss comes to GW as the 28th-ranked Under-19 player in the United States. A native of Fairfield, Conn., Reiss played scholastically at Fairfield Ludlowe High School and at one time was ranked the No. 10 Under-17 player in the country. He is expected to play in the top four in his freshman season.
Reid Breck helped lead The Brunswick School (Conn.) to the New England Interscholastic Squash Association Championship and a runner-up at the U.S. High School Squash Nationals during his senior season. He is the 41st-ranked U-19 player in the nation and was the 2012 recipient of the US Squash Scholar-Athlete Award.
Rounding out the recruiting class is Browning Platt, formerly the No. 1 player for the St. Paul's School (N.H.). He enters his freshman season as the 33rd-ranked player among U.S. High School players and was named All-ISL as a junior.