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14 summer 2014 | St. Lawrence University Magazine
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By Wally Johnson
T
he rise of St. Lawrence University’s
men’s squash program among those
competing in the Collegiate Squash
Association cannot quite be described
as meteoric, but the Saints have
certainly caught the eye of the squash
world. Ranked in the high teens from
2005 through 2011, the Saints broke
into the Top Ten in 2013 and finished
fifth in the 2014 CSA team national
championships.
Chris Abplanalp, named head coach of
both the men’s and women’s squads in
Squash on the Rise
St. Lawrence is growing a pair of blue-ribbon squash teams.
December 2004, has been the architect
not only of the men’s success, but of the
women’s as well, with his 2014 team
earning the CSA’s Most Improved Team
Award. The winner of his sixth Liberty
League Coach of the Year honor in a
10-year career, Abplanalp – who comes
from a lacrosse background – has built a
national contender with his men’s team
and has the women’s program positioned
for a continued rise in the rankings.
“Some teams have jumped up quickly,”
Abplanalp says. “We’ve been doing it
a little more slowly, but we are rapidly
approaching the ability to compete for a
national team championship. Last year
was kind of a wakeup call, because the
level of play is so much better when you
are playing the top five or six teams in
the country. We gained the big-match
experience that we needed to be in
contention for a title.”
An outstanding facility and recruitment
of top-flight international students have
been part of the Saints’ rise to promi-
nence. “Robie Squash Courts is a huge
attraction for potential collegiate players,
and it has helped us bring in some very
talented people,” says Abplanalp.
Two of those talented players are Amr
Khalifa ’16 and Moustafa Bayoumy ’17,
both from Cairo, Egypt. Khalifa won the
CSA Individual National Championship
in his freshman season and made it to
the finals again as a sophomore, while
Bayoumy went undefeated through the
dual-match season and did not lose until
the semifinals of the CSA Individuals.
Abplanalp contends there might be
previews of next year’s CSA Pool Trophy
home matches during the upcoming sea-
son. “Certainly the potential is there for
an All-SLU final,” he says. “When you
have a first-year and a sophomore
as two of the top four players in the
game, you have to like your chances.”
India, Pakistan and Canada were also
home countries of 2013-14 players, in
addition to the U.S. “We have three
juniors from Canada who really contrib-
uted to the jump in status of the men’s
program,” says Abplanalp. “They are
winning the matches in the middle of
the lineup.” The squad graduated just
one senior, Vir Seth of India, in May.
A
s to the women’s program, “We had
three first-year players in our top four
(in 2013-14), and some very solid re-
cruits are interested in the program,”
Abplanalp said in March. “If we get
them all to come, it will be a huge jump
in the level of the women’s team.” The
2013-14 team was the ranked eighth
All-American
Divya Biswal ’15
, women’s track and
field individual national champion in triple jump.
Amy Cymerman ’14
, women’s track and field, third
in steeplechase at NCAA meet, All-American.
Gavin Bayreuther ’17
, ECAC men’s hockey
co-rookie of the year.
Riding
, fifth nationally (fourth straight top-five
finish);
Emily D’Alessandro ’15
, second in
Cacchione Cup competition for high point riders,
best finish in program history.
Men’s and women’s indoor track and field
teams, Liberty League and NYSCTC Champions.
Men’s rowing
varsity 8+, Houlihan Cup winners.
Women’s basketball
, Liberty League
regular-season title;
Caroline Dalton ’17
,
ECAC Upstate Rookie of the Year and
Kara McDuffee ’15
, First-Team All-Conference.
Allison Visconti ’15
and
Graham Scott ’15
,
Alpine skiing, represented St. Lawrence in 2014
NCAA Championships.
Kyle Edwards ’17
, Liberty League men’s basketball
rookie of the year; Kyle Kobis ’17, All-Rookie team.
Claire O’Neil ’16
, individual title at 2014 Liberty
League Women’s Golf Championships.
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Amr Khalifa
Liberty League Player of the Year
Moustafa Bayoumy
Rookie of the Year
Chris Abplanalp
Coach of the Year
Khalifa, Bayoumy,
Ibriham Khan
and
Vir Seth
All-League
Women’s Team
CSA Most Improved award
in Division III in the final poll.
“Match experience gained from playing
the top-ranked teams is helping us become
more competitive in all of our dual
matches,” Abplanalp adds of the women’s
program. “Both programs are in a very
good place and can keep moving upward.”
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