By Anne Bello
Published Oct 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2011 at 8:42 PM ET

Ithaca, NY — A deep incoming class may help Cornell move up in the A Division.

The Big Red have lost only one player from last season’s starting line-up, and there are six new players on the roster. In addition to newcomers Sofia Thierry (Newton Country Day) and Kate Donatiello (Lawrenceville), Cornell has four players expected to play in the top 9. Danielle Letourneau, who is currently ranked number 1 GU19 in Canada and represented her country at the World Junior Championships this summer, is expected to play in the top 3. Two other accomplished Canadian juniors, Lindsay Seginson and Rachel Au, should play in the middle of the ladder, and Jacqueline Wagner, who has placed in or around the top 10 in the US since GU13, will likely play in the bottom 3.

The new Ivy schedule has the Big Red playing all of their league matches in a four-week period during January and February. Cornell should be battle-tested come time for the Women’s National Team Championships.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-7

Final Ranking: 7

Team Championships: 7th in Howe Cup (A Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Julee Devoy

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Jaime Laird (All-Ivy League Team, Second Team All-American); (3) Jessenia Pacheco; (4) Lauren Sachvie; (5) Lexi Glassman; (6) Maggie Remsen; (7) Laura Caty; (8) Clare Berner; (9) Kristin Scillia; (10) Sydney Chirls; Julia Steck

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (2) Jennifer Gemmell (Academic All-Ivy League, CSA Scholar Athlete); (11) Izzy Spyrou

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Danielle Letourneau
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Lindsay Seginson and Rachel Au
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Jacqueline Wagner 
  • Other additions: Sofia Thierry and Kate Donatiello

Captains: Jaime Laird and Lauren Sachvie

Team Goals: To challenge the top 6 teams

Key Matches: Stanford and Dartmouth

 To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.