Men's squash hosts Franklin & Marshall on Friday night

Men's squash hosts Franklin & Marshall on Friday night

The Hamilton College Continentals play their first match of 2019 against Franklin & Marshall College at Hamilton's Little Squash Center on Friday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

The Continentals (0-3 overall) have played all three of their matches at home thus far, but haven't been on the court since Dec. 2. Hamilton is at No. 30 in the College Squash Team Rankings while Franklin & Marshall (5-1) is ranked 17th and owns wins over Connecticut College, Wesleyan and Bates.

In 2017-18 the Continentals won 10 matches and ended up at No. 29 in the College Squash Team Rankings. Hamilton knocked off Wesleyan and Conn. College on its way to winning the consolation bracket of the Conroy Cup (D Division) at the 2018 College Squash Association National Team Championships.

The Continentals hosted the 2018 NESCAC Men's and Women's Squash Championships and they defeated Conn. College in the first round. Middlebury hosts the 2019 men's championship from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3 and the CSA National Team Championships are at Yale University (Feb. 15-17). Hamilton will honor its squash seniors on Saturday, Jan. 26 prior to its 2 p.m. match against Colgate University. The men are also scheduled to host Fordham University later that afternoon at 5.

Four student-athletes are back from last season's squad including team captain Atticus Jones '19, who won nine matches at the sixth position in 2017-18. Callum Sondhi '20 played all of last season at the second position and leads all returners with 11 victories in 2017-18. Tristan Chaix '20 was at the fourth and fifth positions in the lineup and came away with 10 wins. Jarrod Gerstein '20 played 17 exhibition matches but should be a regular member of the lineup this season. Sondhi, Chaix and Gerstein will be playing their first matches on Friday as they were participating in the College's off-campus study program during the fall semester.

The top newcomers to the roster are Rufus Somerby '22, Oliver Constable '22 and Graham Nielsen '22. Matthew Haas '19 joins Jones as the other team captain.