Men's squash ready for big season

WATERVILLE, Maine -- With three players studying abroad during the first semester, the 20th-ranked Colby College men's squash team will have a nice mix of veterans and newcomers among the top nine players.

The Mules open the season Saturday at 1 p.m. against 27th-ranked Tufts University at MIT. Colby heads over to Northeastern University for a 6 p.m. match on the same day.

"We have a great group of first-year players this year with Will Pepi, Charlie Beauregard, Sam Hitt, and Jason Brodo," Colby head coach Sakhi Khan said. "Our upperclassmen, led by captain Patrick McCarthy, Elliot Gross, Ben Kwass and Hugh Doherty, will strengthen the top of the ladder. Will McBrian will continue to be a formidable number one for us."

The top spot on Colby's nine will be the same for the third year in a row. McBrian (Dedham, Mass.), the 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-NESCAC selection, has won 25 matches in first two seasons.

McCarthy (pictured, Malvern, Pa.) will start the year at the second spot after going 11-8 at the fifth and sixth positions last year. He has won 33 matches in three years. The leap in positions comes after Colby lost four-time All-NESCAC selection CJ Smith and Yuga Koda to graduation.

Gross (Narberth, Pa.) won 10 matches last year at the second and third spots as a first-year. He will start out in the third position.

Doherty (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Kwass (Andover, Mass.) also return for Khan. Kwass will start the season at the fourth position after winning six matches at many spots last year. Doherty went 10-10 while mostly playing the seventh position.

Colby juniors Andrew Swapp (Andover, Mass.), Matt Epstein (Dover, Mass.), and Tommy Chandler (Lake Forest, Ill.) are studying abroad. Swapp went 14-7 while mostly playing at the eighth spot and Epstein had the same record while going most of the time at nine.

Pepi (New York, N.Y.) will begin the season at the sixth spot, Brodo (Penn Valley, Pa.) will go at seven, and Hitt (Milton, Mass.) starts the year at eight. Beauregard (Bloomsfield, Mich.) will battle for a spot in the top nine.

Andrew Beacham (Short Hills, N.J.), a senior, will open Saturday at the ninth spot after going 2-0 at the position last year. Sophomores Caldwell Perkins (Henniker, N.H.) and Ian Mansfield (New York, N.Y.) also will be in the mix.
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