By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 21, 2009 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM ET

brownProvidence, RI — Last season, Brown captured the Kurtz Cup at the National Team Championships (Howe Cup).  This season, the Bears hope to build on this momentum and battle their way into a top-eight finish and a berth in the Howe Cup (A Division).

During the 2008 – 2009 season, head coach Stuart le Gassick and the team traveled to the Cayman Islands. The squad obviously benefited from the training trip. It was also a nice way for assistant coach Shay Lynch to conclude her twenty years with Brown.

This season, the Bears are set for stiff competition from fellow Kurtz Cup teams Dartmouth and Mount Holyoke, as well as challenges from the traditional powerhouses Harvard and Princeton. The 2009 – 2010 team will be led by  tri-captains and CSA Scholar Athletes Laura Pyne, Sarah Roberts and Kali Schellenberg. They will be joined by a strong group of first year players who will provide great depth: Sarah Crosky, Lydia Smith, Kyla Harrington, Sarah Beresford, and Antonia Libassi.

2008-2009 Season Recap

SEASON RECORD: 8-8
FINAL RANKING: 9th
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS: 9th; 1st in Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Laura Pyne ’10 (3); Sophie Scherl ’11 (4); Nikki Fadaifard ’12 (5); Kali Schellenberg ’10 (6); Carolyn Tilney ’11 (7); Sarah Roberts ’10 (9); Leila Driansky ’11 (10)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Charlotte Steel (1); Breck Haynes (2); Charlotte MacMillan (8)

Additions to 2009-2010 Roster: Sarah Crosky ’13, Lydia Smith ’13, Kyla Harrington ’13 Sarah Beresford ’13 and Antonia Libassi ’13

Captains: Laura Pyne, Sarah Roberts and Kali Schellenberg

Team Goals: To gain a top 8 National ranking and get a top 8 finish in the Howe Cup

Key Matches: Dartmouth, Williams, and Mount Holyoke

To read other team previews, please visit the 2009 – 2010 College Squash Preview Page.