NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Eric Caine (McLean, Va.) will take over for senior Hywel Robinson as captain of the Yale men's squash team next season. Caine was elected by his teammates prior to their awards banquet last week.
Caine walked onto the team as a freshman and has developed into one of the program's key players. During his sophomore season, he had breakout performances at No. 7 against Columbia and Williams but spent most of the season playing at No. 9. He achieved a 9-3 record and received the Steve Gurney Award in recognition of his great personal growth.
This season, Caine provided an anchor for the Bulldogs at No. 7, winning eight of his 13 matches. More than just a skilled player, he distinguished himself on the court through his tenacity and intense playing style. After falling behind against Colby on Jan. 5 and Dartmouth on Feb. 8 Caine battled back in both matches to earn wins. In addition to being named captain, Caine received the John A. Blum '76 Trophy, given to the Yale men's squash player who has shown the most significant improvement during the season.
Yale's new captain is determined to lead the team to success next season.
"We worked very hard this season, and played remarkably well in a lot of matches," Caine commented, "but our goal each year is to win a national championship and we fell a little short. Next year, each one of us will train hard to get stronger and more skilled, and our goals won't change: do as well as we can, and if possible, win the Ivy League and national championships."
Caine is an economics major in Davenport College. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity