Saints Men's Squash Program
St. Lawrence University's men's squash program has made a meteoric rise in the collegiate squash rankings since becoming a varsity team in the 1999-2000 season. The 2012-13 season was a historic one that featured a CSA Individual National Champion, an unprecedented victory over squash powerhouse Cornell University and a sixth place national finish, the highest in program history.
St. Lawrence is a member of the College Squash Association (CSA) and the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association. In addition, the Scarlet and Brown competes in the Liberty League along with Rochester, Hobart, Vassar and Bard. Under the direction of head coach Chris Abplanalp, the men's program has finished in the top-2 in the league in eight of the last nine seasons, capturing the conference championship in 2006 and 2007.
Abplanalp has coached nine Liberty League major award winners and his players have been named All-Conference 45 times. The Saints have also met with success in individual competition on the squash courts as Amr Khaled Khalifa became the first player in program history to win a CSA Individual National Championship and earn All-America honors in 2013.
Additionally, Amay Merchant was the 2010 CSA Molloy Division consolation winner, beating teammate Alex Dodge in the championship. Merchant became the second Saints player to win the Molloy consolation championship, joining Jamie McAvity, who was the 2007 winner of that title. Vir Seth made the consolation final in 2011.
The Saints compete in the Robie Squash Center which includes nine ASB Systems squash courts as well as an Anderson glass championship court with seating for 100 spectators. The additional court provides student-athletes with a premiere practice and competition site and gives the University the opportunity to host a national individual championship for squash. St. Lawrence was the site of the 2004 CSA men's and women's national individual squash championships.
The schedule blends dual matches and collegiate tournaments, capped by the CSA team and individual championships. Among the teams St. Lawrence competes with are Cornell, Dartmouth, Franklin and Marshall, Brown, the University of Western Ontario and perennial national champion Trinity.