Northampton, MA — The Richey Award is given annually to the women’s college squash player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership.
Coaches consult with their teams and vote on the candidates at the Women’s National Team Championships (Howe Cup). Each school has two votes: a team vote and a coach’s vote.
This year, there were many talented nominees. The Executive Committee selected the three finalists for the Richey Award (listed alphabetically):
Logan Greer (Yale): Greer, Yale’s #1 player and senior captain, has been at the top of the Bulldogs’ lineup throughout her career. She is a three-time member of the All-Ivy League and All-American (two first teams and one second team) squads. Yale coach Dave Talbott cites her leadership and motivational abilities as helping the team capture the 2011 Ivy League squash title and its first undefeated campaign in six seasons. “Logan has been at all times a wonderful representative of the intercollegiate game. As one of our most involved mentors in Squash Haven, our local urban enrichment program, Logan has given numerous hours helping our kids both on and off the court,” states Talbott. Greer represented the United States on the 2010 World University Games team that finished third. In addition to squash, Greer is also been a starter on the Yale lacrosse team for three seasons.
Alisha Mashruwala (Harvard University): Despite her contagious smile and small build, Mashruwala has been a tough competitor on court and has taken down some of the biggest college squash talents over the years. Harvard’s senior captain has over 50 individual victories in her career for the Crimson. She is a two-time member of the All-Ivy League and second team All-American squads, and she was named a first team All-American at the conclusion of the 2008 season. “She will go down as one of Harvard’s all-time greats for her stellar record but more importantly what she has done for the people who are part of the program. Alisha has made Harvard Squash a better place and we are going to miss her,” says Harvard coach Mike Way. She helped lead Harvard to the 2010 Howe Cup.
Jackie Moss (Princeton University): Moss, Princeton’s captain, has been a leader throughout her four years playing for the Tigers. She was a key player in the Tigers’ 2008 and 2009 National Team Championship (Howe Cup) victories. Moss has twice been named a second team All-American and is a two-time member of the All-Ivy League team. Moss has continually displayed the highest level of good sportsmanship and fair play. According to Princeton coach Gail Ramsay, college squash “has allowed Jackie to learn more about herself and how to work with people and lead them in their search for success and growth. She has loved the opportunities that intercollegiate squash has provided and has shared what she has learned with her teammates.”