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Bates squash teams reap NESCAC postseason awards







HADLEY, Mass. -- Another fine season for both of Bates' squash teams resulted in a boatload of postseason awards for the Bobcats from the New England Small College Athletic Conference, including second-year head coach Pat Cosquer '97 being named NESCAC Coach of the Year for both men's and women's squash.

From the Bates men's team, senior Kush Mahan (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was named NESCAC Men's Squash Co-Player of the Year, sharing the award with Ethan Buchsbaum of Williams. Mahan was a clear repeat selection on the All-Conference First Team, and he was joined there by sophomore Bobby Burns (Greenwich, Conn.), while junior Will Katz (Bronxville, N.Y.) was named Second Team All-NESCAC.

Before this year, no women's squash player had received First Team All-Conference honors from the NESCAC, in the two-year existence of the awards. Now they have two: the March 25 announcement of the 2010 NESCAC Womens' Squash All-Conference Team revealed that first-year Cheri-Ann Parris and senior Hannah Laverty were both named First Team All-NESCAC, while Parris was also named NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

Parris (St. Phillip, Barbados) established herself immediately as the No. 1 player in Bates' starting lineup, and she only seemed to get better as the season wore on. She finished the season with a sparkling 19-8 record while facing each opponent's top player. Parris defeated highly ranked opponents from Brown, Mount Holyoke, Amherst and Bowdoin.

Laverty (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished a strong four-year career at Bates with her finest season. After playing the No. 1 spot for Bates as a sophomore and junior, Laverty played the second spot in the lineup in all but one match in dual play this season, and notched an impressive 19-10 record, finishing her career at 56-48 overall.

Mahan (Kalamazoo, Mich.), who shared Player of the Year honors with Williams' Ethan Buchsbaum, put an exclamation point on an already outstanding playing career at Bates with his superlative senior season. Mahan was 18-9 in dual play in his second year at the No. 1 spot in 2009-10, including an 11-0 mark against NESCAC opponents. Mahan defeated such opponents as Gabriel de Melo of Franklin & Marshall, Supreet Singh of Trinity and Buchsbaum himself. He finished his career with a 61-25 individual record.

It is the first All-NESCAC recognition for both Burns and Katz. Burns compiled an 18-9 record while playing mostly at the No. 4 spot and no lower, and is now 37-11 lifetime. Katz, a team captain along with Mahan and senior Jordan Greenberg (Malvern, Pa.), went 13-5 while playing no lower than the No. 3 spot in the Bates lineup, and now sports a 39-15 career record.

In his second year as coach at his alma mater, Cosquer led the men's team to a 20-9 record, a third-place finish in the NESCAC Championship, and a final College Squash Association national ranking of No. 12, while the women finished 19-8, third in the NESCAC Championship and 11th in the final national rankings. Cosquer's combined record with the men's and women's teams to date is 67-35.

Video of Mahan defeating Supreet Singh of Trinity:

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