Squad Faces Tough Competition, Near National Top 40 Ranking
While most teams would be distraught and disappointed with a 2-9 record on the year, the Fordham Squash team looks at it as a mark of toughness on the long journey they have embarked on this season. Most of those losses have come against top-notch teams such as 15th nationally ranked Navy and 28th nationally ranked Johns Hopkins.
“We have definitely been improving over the last two or three years but a lot of work still has to be done.” said senior Andriy Kulak, “Playing top competition definitely helps us and shows how good players approach the game. It gives us examples of how good players approach the game and how we should be playing”.
In fact, the Dunlop Men’s College Squash Association Team Rankings has recognized the difficult schedule Fordham has this year and have awarded them by ranking the Rams 41st in the nation.
“It’s hard to say what we’ll do at Nationals.” remarked captain Jack O’Brien, “For squash, you play in a division based on your ranking. We’re at interesting point where we’ll either be at the top of a low bracket or bottom of a higher one. We want to finish as high as we can and win as many games as possible.”
After their 7-2 victory over NYU on December 7th, however, Fordham should rise into the Top-40 in the next polls. Not bad for a program that is mostly made up of athletes who never played the sport until college.
“I have really only coached seasoned squash players so it is tough to coach beginners,” stated Head Coach Bryan Patterson, “but it’s not impossible. We get great athletes and these guys pick up the game very quickly. They are very keen to play squash and learn about the sport and it helps me make them better. I am very excited about our future.”
As long as Fordham Squash can continue to improve off of their tough competition and have a passionate love for the game, then they will always find success.