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Nearly everyone returns from last season's lineup for the Hamilton College men's squash program in 2013-14. For the first time in the eight-year history of the event, Hamilton will host the NESCAC Men's and Women's Squash Championships from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Martin Bawden '14 is back for his fourth and final season with the Continentals. Bawden has been the team's top player and competed in the 2013 College Squash Association (CSA) individual championships. Hamilton played for the Summers Cup (C Division) at last season's CSA team championships and ended up at No. 24 in the final CSA rankings. Peter Harrison '15 led the Continentals with 11 wins and has 22 for his Hamilton career. Mac Pivirotto '15 finished strong the last month of the season and ended up with nine victories. Bawden and Xander Kerman '14 are the seniors on the roster.

Hamilton plays its home matches in the Little Squash Center. The $6.1 million on-campus squash facility was completed in October 2006. The center features 10 regulation-size courts, including two with exhibition-style seating, and two team locker rooms. In addition to the NESCAC championships, the Continentals are scheduled to host Middlebury College (Nov. 23), Hobart College (Dec. 6) and Connecticut College and Colgate University on Dec. 8.

Hamilton will participate in the NESCAC championships for the eighth straight year this season. Trinity College and Wesleyan University hosted the first seven championships. The Continentals played 10 matches against NESCAC competition last season and defeated Colby College twice. The team travels to Harvard University for the 2014 team championships and a couple players go to the University of Pennsylvania for the CSA individual championships. Bowdoin College is set to host a Division III invitational tournament in early February.

Hamilton often travels during winter break for training trips so the players can go to places they have never seen before. This January the Continentals return to Stanford University and Palo Alto, Calif., for the first time since 2006. A January 2010 training trip took the team to Washington, D.C., for six days. In 2009, the team spent a few days in the Cayman Islands. Nine years ago, the team traveled overseas for a week-long stay in the city of Amsterdam. Hamilton took advantage of the opportunity to play a number of European club teams and participated in intense training sessions.

Bawden made the NESCAC all-conference team for the second time during his Hamilton career in 2012, and Jamie King was selected the conference's coach of the year. Alex Wood '12 finished his career tied for second place on the program's all-time wins list with 47. The Continentals won two of three matches at the NESCAC championships, defeated Wesleyan in the first round at the CSA team championships and ended the season at No. 20 in the CSA rankings.

In 2009-10, the Continentals captured the Summers Cup consolation bracket title at the CSA team championships for the second straight year. Hamilton won 11 matches and finished the season ranked 21st by the CSA. The Continentals extended their streak of consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins to six. Hamilton also received the Sloane Award for team sportsmanship for the second time in three seasons.

The Continentals were first given the prestigious Sloane Award at the 2008 CSA team championships. The award is voted on by the coaches and is presented to the team that best displayed the highest level of sportsmanship during the season. Coach King was the first person to receive the award as a player (1984 as Williams' team captain) and as a coach. Hamilton went on to win two of three matches and finished third in the Summers Cup bracket.

The Buff and Blue have launched themselves into the upper half of the college squash rankings in recent years. In 2007-08, Hamilton wrapped up the season ranked 19th, which is the team's best performance in 13 years under King. The Continentals earned the 2002 Bill Barhite Award, which goes to the most improved team in the CSA. After a 2-16 record in 2000-01, Hamilton went 10-9 and took third place in the Conroy Cup at the 2002 CSA team championships. The Continentals were the Conroy runners-up the following year. Hamilton brought home the Conroy team trophy in 1996.

Hamilton has experienced some individual success during the program's long history, which dates back to 1980. Elias Hassanali '91 was an All-America selection after the 1988-89 season. Hassanali won 17 out of 20 matches and led the Continentals to a 14-5 record. The 14 wins still stand as the team record for most in a season. John DeWitt '09, who is the career leader with 48 victories, made the 2009 NESCAC all-conference team.

The Continentals excel on the court and in the classroom. Wood made the NESCAC winter all-academic team for the second straight season in 2011-12, and graduated summa cum laude in his class. Each NESCAC all-academic team honoree is a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. The student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing to be considered for honors. Both Wood and Mark Clark '11 were elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.