Providence, RI — Brown, a staple in the top 12, concluded last season ranked 11th in the nation. According to head coach Stuart le Gassick, who officiated two former players’ wedding during the offseason, “We were so close to the Kurtz Cup behind Stanford and Dartmouth last year and our goal this year is to win the B Division. Lots of hard work and fun – and we feel we will be close!” Matches with Bates, Columbia, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Stanford, and Williams will be key as the Bears move towards their goal. The Bears’ opening weekend of the season features matches with Bates and Stanford. Last season, Brown travelled to the Cayman Islands for a training trip. This season, the Bears are tied to the United States, but they are motivated. Four players are joining Brown’s line-up, which will assist with the three graduating players from last season. The Bears need to improve the win percentage of their top 3 to accomplish their goal of winning the Kurtz Cup.
2014-2015 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 7-9
Final Ranking: 11
Team Championships: 3rd in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)
By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Top 3 Win %: 0.3333… Middle 3 Win %: 0.5208… Lower 3 Win %: 0.5319
2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Varsity
Head Coach: Stuart le Gassick
Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Quincy Beck (2018); 2. Emily Richmond (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 3. Hannah Hay-Smith (2017); 5. Isabel Scherl (2017); 7. Skylar Murphy (2016); 8. Isabel Pitaro (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 10. Katherine Pisani (2018); 11. Lauren Kotin (2018)
Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. Mina Shakarshy (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, Academic All-Ivy); 6. Katherine Elliott-Moskwa (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 9. Alexandra White (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete)
Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster: Purvi Goel (Mission San Jose HS, Freemont, CA), Katrina Northtrop (St. Ann’s, Brooklyn, NY), Hannah Safford (Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA), Megha Poddar (Newark Academy, Morristown, NJ)
Captains: Emily Richmond, Skylar Murphy, Isabel Pitaro
Team Goals: Win the Kurtz Cup
Key Matches: Bates, Columbia, Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Williams
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