Canton, NY — The young St. Lawrence squad will have to regroup after losing six seniors to graduation.
The Saints lost players throughout the ladder, including Sofi Garnett, who played number 1 for several seasons, and Meg North and Alyssa Smith, who both earned All-Liberty League honors last season.
The returners with varsity experience include two sophomores, Frances Robinson and Molly Caplan, and two juniors, Kendall Hearty and Jennifer Hearn. The turnover should give these players the chance to compete higher up in the ladder and take on new leadership roles. It may also give several players who didn’t play in any varsity matches last season the opportunity to compete for St. Lawrence. Sophomores Allison Hibbs and Cordelia McHugh have another year of training to draw on, and seniors Mimi O’Connor and Patricia Poekel have varsity experience from earlier seasons.
The three first-year players on the squad — Kelly Hale, Charlotte Edson, and Carolyn Fisher — will make an immediate impact on the team and will likely see varsity action right out of the gate.
The college squash experience of new men’s and women’s assistant coach Chris Sachvie, a three-time All-American at Cornell, should also be useful as the Saints adjust to their new lineup.
2009-2010 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 7-12
Final Ranking: 23
Team Championships: 23rd Overall; 7th in Walker Cup (C Division)
2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Varsity
Head Coach: Chris Abplanalp
Returning Players from Team Championships: Molly Caplan (7); Jennifer Hearn (2); Kendall Hearty (10); Frances Robinson (5)
Graduates on Last Season’s Team Championships Roster: Jackie Barrett (4); Katie Demakos (9); Sofi Garnett (1); Meg North (3; Liberty League Team; 2009-2010 Captain); Alyssa Smith (8; Liberty League Team); Jessie Ziegler (6)
Additions to the 2010-2011 Roster: Kelly Hale, Charlotte Edson, and Carolyn Fisher
Team Goals: Continue to improve strength of lineup despite significant graduation losses
To read other team previews, please visit the 2010 – 2011 College Squash Preview Page.