CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's squash team, under the direction of Mike Way, Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, has announced the addition of five student-athletes to the program. The recruits hail from three countries, the United States, U.K., and South Africa, and two states, Connecticut and New Jersey.
The newcomers will join 20 returners from the 2011-12 team that posted a 16-4 overall record and 5-2 mark in Ivy League play. Harvard concluded last season with a third-place finish at the College Squash Association Team Championships, its highest finish in the last five years.
Walker Evans, Greenwich, Conn./Groton School
Lettered for four years in squash ... Played in the No. 1 and No. 2 position throughout high school ... Earned all-league honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was the team's MVP as a senior ... Ranked as high as No. 9 in the boys under-17 division ... Team finished as high as No. 13 at nationals ... National Merit Finalist ... Harvard Book Prize award winner in 2011 ... Enjoys classical piano ... Father, David Evans '76 ... played squash at Harvard ... Sister, Wynee Evans '11, rowed for the Radcliffe women's lightweight crew.
Sam Goldberg, Englewood, N.J./Dwight-Englewood School
Reached a national ranking of No. 3 for BU17 squash and No. 7 for BU19 squash ... Bare Hills Gold Squash champion, Hyder Trophy Men's 5.5 finalist and harrow Juniors Gold champion in 2011 ... Finished in third place at the Junior Championship Tour-Great Lakes in 2010 ... Honored on the Deans' List ... Winner of the National Hispanic Recognition Award in 2011 ... Captain of the Dwight-Englewood Mock Trial Team for three years ... Group leader at StreetSquash in Harlem, N.Y. ... Enjoys cooking, skiing, wakeboarding and business ... Brother, Alec, is a member of the Columbia squash team.
James Matthews, Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School
Played varsity squash for three years at Brunswick School ... Also participated in varsity cross country for four years and varsity track for two years ... Earned the Tri-Varsity Award as a junior and senior ... Won the Scholar Athlete Award three times ... Honorable mention All-Fairfield Athletic Association in cross country ... Finished first in Division II nationals as a sophomore, fourth in Division I as a junior and second in Division I as a senior ... Division II New England champion in cross country in 2010 and 2011 ... Ranked No. 4 in New England Division II track in 2011 ... Member of the Cum laude society ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... "Master Writer" at Brunswick ... Co-Editor-in-Chief for the school's newspaper ... Peer Leader and Peer Tutor ... Enjoys jazz music, creative writing and playing the saxophone and clarinet ... Mother attended Harvard College.
Matt Roberts, Cape Town, South Africa/Chesterhouse
Played Western Province First League squash ... Captained cricket, hockey and squash teams ... Top school cricket player and provincial hockey player ... Started playing squash in 2007 ... Ranked No. 1 in South Africa U19 and won the U19 national championship in 2011 ... Captained the U19 South Africa team at the All-Africa Junior Squash Championships and finished third in the individual event ... Captained the U19 Western Province Squash team to gold at the national Inter-Provincial Tournament (IPT) in 2011 ... Went unbeaten for four years at the IPT event from 2008-11.
James Watkins, Cheltenham, U.K./Pate's Grammar School
Member of the Old Patesians Senior squash team from 2009-12 ... Represented England in junior squash on two occasions ... Regular member of the Gloucestershire Junior County team ... Reached a national junior ranking of No. 4 in England ... His Gloucestershire Junior County team won the National County championship four times ... Coached the boys' under 15 county side team in 2010-11 ... Qualified senior county level referee ... Completed a 1,000-mile cycle ride for charity in 2010, cycling the entire length of the UK ... Father, Paul, represented England and Great Britain under 21s in water polo and played rugby for Gloucestershire county ... Mother, Candy, represented Gloucestershire in tennis and squash.