No. 19 GW Men's Squash Set for Friday's Season Opener
Young Colonials Squad Features Eight Freshmen
Nov. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 19-ranked George Washington men's squash team opens its 2013-14 season on Friday afternoon when it hosts District rival Georgetown at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center at 6 p.m.
The Colonials are ranked No. 19 in the College Squash Association (CSA) preseason poll, the same ranking they held at the conclusion of last season.
"There is a different kind of excitement this season," said Head Coach Wendy Lawrence. "We have eight freshmen so it's a very different dynamic then what we have seen in the past few years. It's a rebuilding that we have never really had before."
"Both Andres and Nicolas are so talented and hardworking," explained Coach Lawrence. "They have attributes of seniors as far as work ethic and leadership and have been very competitive throughout our fall practices."
Sophomores James Reiss and Reid Breck will open the season at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Reiss tied for third on the team as a freshman with 13 victories while Breck posted a team-best 19 wins against just three losses.
"Both James and Reid have assumed leadership positions and have proven to be hard-working athletes," said Coach Lawrence. "The rest of the team really looks to these two for leadership, which is impressive considering they are just sophomores."
Freshman John Marks opens the season at No. 5 on the ladder after a successful scholastic career at Lower Merion High School outside Philadelphia. He helped his team to a No. 16 national ranking in both his junior and senior seasons and is expected to make a smooth transition to the collegiate level.
Junior David Moxley will start the season at No. 6 on the ladder. In his first two seasons at GW he has combined for 15 individual victories, with all but one coming in straight sets.
The freshman trio of Auguste Boova, Dillon Holloran and Will O'Donnell rounds out the Colonials' opening-day lineup. All three boast successful squash resumes at their respective high schools and clubs.
Senior Chris Bell and sophomore Ari Bental will start the season sidelined by injury, but both are expected to contribute to the lineup in the second half of the season. Rounding out the roster is freshman Charles Norfleet.
"We open the season at No. 19 in the preseason rankings, which is where we finished last season," said Coach Lawrence. "It's going to be harder than in years past with such a young roster but I believe we have the pieces to be able to move up in the rankings as long as we unite as one cohesive team. The potential is certainly there."
Projected Ladder (as of 11/7)