The men’s squash team engineered a dramatic turnaround in its 2015-2016 campaign as the program, revitalized by young talent, saw its first winning season since 2007-2008 and the best season in program history. The Jumbos had never finished more than one game above .500, which they had only done three times since 1999. But Tufts battled to a 14-9 record this year, in a huge improvement over last year’s 6-15 finish, proving that the team could play at a high level despite lacking senior players. Captained by rising senior Danny Fischer, the team’s rookies — rising sophomores Cameron Ewan, Alan Litman, Matt Memmo, Aiden Porges, Brett Raskopf and Imran Trehan — improved over the course of the season and became the Jumbos’ biggest contributors. The team started the season off with two tough losses against Harvard University and the University of Virginia, but progressed to beat Boston College, Brandeis University, Vassar and a host of other top-ranked schools en route to ending the season ranked 33rd in the nation.
In the highlight of the season, the team won the Chaffee Cup in the E division of the CSA Team Championships, hosted by Yale University, in late February. In the first position, sophomore Braden Chiulli impressed during the event, and Tufts bested Lehigh University and New York University (NYU) before avenging a 5-4 loss to Conn. College in the NESCAC Championships by beating them 5-4 to take the cup.
Trehan received NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team honors, while Chiulli and rising junior Sandeep Rishi were selected to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. Porges finished the season ranked 78th nationally. With all of the team’s talent returning, the Jumbos look to follow up on this season’s success starting again in the fall.