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Date Posted:11/21/2003,  2:30PM

2003-04 Men's and Women's Squash Preview


by Eileen Schneider

In his fourth year at the heart of the Bowdoin men?s and women?s squash teams, head coach Tomas Fortson anticipates exciting campaigns from both squads. A solid core of veterans will provide leadership for each team and look to capitalize on the junior-level experience of Bowdoin's recruits. Again, depth up and down the ladders and constant improvement characterize the program.

MEN'S SQUASH PREVIEW

The men?s lineup boasts a number of talented veterans from the 2002 and 2003 teams that landed 12th and 15th in the nation. Senior Greg Clement will likely join Junior Jon Crowell on top of the ladder. As usual, the Polar Bears will look to their impressive depth for match wins, calling on Sophomores Bruce Saltzman and Chris Metcalf, along with Freshman Matt Drescher to perform well in the middle of the lineup.

The 2004 season marks the return of senior co-captain Mike Fensterstock from injury, his appearance and the January arrival of Junior Eric Toan will provide a boost to the ladder. Sophomore Nick Adams and Freshman Zach Linhart are expected to contribute in the lineup immediately.

Bowdoin faces another challenging schedule of competitive match-ups. Trinity, Yale, Williams, Cornell, and Amherst will test out the Polar Bears on the road and matches against Denison, Navy, and Hobart will provide the meat of the season. The Bears will host Brown and Dartmouth as well as look to continue a recently heated CBB championship series with Colby and Bates.

WOMEN'S SQUASH PREVIEW

Bowdoin's women return just four of the top nine from the 2003 Kurtz Cup championship team and expect to battle with closely matched opponents in the same division. The ladies in black have reloaded this season with a solid group of recruits and expect to see the results of tough off-season dedication manifested on the courts as the season progresses.

The Polar Bears? 2003 MVP and All-American selection Niki Clement will take the top spot in an effort to improve on a 20-4 freshman record. She will be followed by Senior Co-captains Katie Irving and Eileen Schneider. The rest of Bowdoin?s lineup will be determined by Senior Kara Oppenheim alongside a crew of Freshmen and Sophomores, each of whom bring experience and talent to the courts. Sophomores Molly Dorkey, Margaret Fuller and Brooke Nentwig will battle for ladder positions with First-years Dodie Press, Susie Martin, Lydia Pillsbury, and Allie Chin. The strong class of ?07 finds itself immersed in the proven Bowdoin tradition of player improvement and is poised to provide exciting results throughout their stays in Brunswick.

Bowdoin will host the individual Maine Open tournament in early November, followed by trips to Harvard and Wesleyan before the new year. Round robins at Williams and Yale will provide several matches and test the Bears within the Kurtz division. To thrill the winter crowds in Brunswick, the Polar Bears will host Brown, Dartmouth, Bates, and Colby in home matches, and then close out the regular season with a February round robin including Hamilton, Tufts, and St. Lawrence.

"I'm very enthusiastic about both teams," says Fortson. "Right now, we're having some number issues, but we'll be getting some people back in January. We have a lot of good talent and we'll see how the season goes."

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