Date Posted:11/19/2004,  3:00PM

2004-05 Squash Season Preview

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson (fourth season)

Women's Top Returners: Niki Clement, Allison Chin, Dodie Press, Lydia Pillsbury, Susie Martin

Women's Newcomers: Emilie McKenna, Sarah Podmaniczky

Men's Top Returners: Jon Crowell, Matt Dresher, Bruce Saltzman, George Macleod, Eric Toan, Chris Metcalf, Zach Linhart

Men's Newcomers: Raymond Carta, Brooks Crowe, Jacob Sack

WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: A young squad will be tested early in the season as key upperclassmen Molly Dorkey and Brooke Nentwig are abroad until second semester. Clement will be the go-to player, having achieved All-American status in each of the past two campaigns. Martin, Chin, Press and Pillsbury will be the backbone of the squad while rookie McKenna has been pushing for a spot on the ladder. The women's team finished 9-13 last season.

COACH FORTSON SAYS: "We have the talent and desire to do great things this season. We're expecting some development from our younger players and we'll get some needed depth in the second half of the season. We are young, but we have a lot of potential."

MEN'S OUTLOOK: Coach Fortson appears to have a solid team from top-to-bottom as senior leaders Crowell, Macleod, Metcalf and Toan will set the tempo for the new year. Both Saltzman (injury) and Macleod (year abroad) return to the team and provide some talent and depth. Sophomore Dresher had an outstanding rookie year and will look to capitalize by playing in the higher spots of the lineup this season. Nick Adams will join the squad in the second semester as the team will face some of the toughest competition in the nation. The three first-years fighting for spots have impressed in the early going. Bowdoin went 14-8 last year and placed 14th at the CSA Nationals.

COACH FORTSON SAYS: "We're happy to get Macleod and Saltzman back this year- its kind of like getting a recruiting class with experience. We have a lot of work to do, especially in what I consider to be the toughest division in the country. If we stay healthy, get fit and work hard we'll be very competitive."