Men's and Women's Squash

Denison Squash wins Chaffee Cup

The Big Red men’s squash team captured the Chaffee Cup at last weekend’s National Team Championships hosted by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. On its way to the title, third-seeded Denison defeated Northeastern University in the quarterfinal round, then followed up with an upset of second-seeded Johns Hopkins University in the semifinals. That set up the dramatic championship bout with top-seeded Georgetown University.

After the first seven matches of the championship versus Georgetown, Denison found itself needing to come back from a 3-4 deficit. That’s when Drew Lavine, a sophomore from Atherton, Calif., won his match against No. 5, leaving it to Denison’s Marshall Crane, a senior from Princeton, N.J., to provide the ultimate heroics.

Crane faced No. 4, Georgetown sophomore Mac Williamson, and won the first game, 11-4. Crane went on to lose the second game, but quickly made up for it with a win in the third, followed by a tie-breaking win in the fourth, with a score of 12-10. That fourth game secured the championship and the Chaffee Cup for Denison.

This was the first national trophy for the Big Red since they won the Summers Cup in 2004 by defeating Stanford University in the championship match.

Of his championship Denison squad, Coach Walt Thieman said, “This year’s team showed incredible heart and drive, which enabled this comeback victory. They worked hard in preparation for this national showcase event.” Thieman added. “With only Marshall Crane graduating this year and some solid prospects expected to be on campus next year, the squash team is poised to return to the glory days when Denison was a top-tier team.”

Other schools joining Denison as national team champions this year were Princeton University, Middlebury College, Trinity College, and Hamilton College.


Andrew Krayachich '16


Daraius Sumariwalla '18

Andrew Krayachich '16


Daraius Sumariwalla '18

Head Coach

Walt Thieman (e-mail)

Assistant Coach

Jim Cowardin (e-mail)




2015-2016 Women’s Squash Club Roster


Anika Gannon '2019

Anandita Gupta '2018

Riya Jindal '2019

Elizabeth Klaes '2019

Peijia Liu '2019

Charlotte McCoy '2018

Elizabeth McDermott '2017

Khadijah Muhammed '2018

Julia Oswald '2016

Casey Rhine '2016

Precious Rooks '2017

Sarah Schreffler '2018

Emily Toltz '2019





2015-2016 Men’s Squash Club Roster


Elliott Adlund '2019

Ben Cole '2016

Kevin Chung '2019

Ziad Elmandouh '2019

Andrew Krayacich '2019

Drew Lavin '2017

Alwaro Magana '2019

Fernando Magan '2017

Sherief Shahin '2018

Daraius Sumariwalla '2018





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