By Anne Bello
Published Oct 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM ET

Providence, RI — Brown won the 2012 Kurtz Cup in thrilling fashion, outlasting Williams 5-4 in one of the most exciting contests at last season’s National Team Championships. Only one player from last year’s starting line-up has graduated, and three new players should compete for spots in the middle of the order. The new players are Skylar Murphy (Greenwich Academy), Isabel Pitaro (Brearley School), and Emily Richmond (St. Clement’s School). When number 2 Sarah Domenick returns from study abroad in the spring, the team will be even stronger. Buoyed by the B Division title and a deeper ladder, the Bears are aiming for the A Division. “We have a really good balance of younger and older players this season,” says head coach Stuart le Gassick, who will be joined by new assistant coach Chris Sachvie, a former All-American at Cornell who assisted at St. Lawrence last season. Le Gassick describes his team as “close and hard working” players who “enjoy representing their University.” Dartmouth, Williams, Middlebury, and Bates will all be key matches for the Bears as they make their bid for the next division.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-8

Final Ranking: 9

Team Championships: 1st in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Stuart le Gassick

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Dori Rahbar; 3. Sarah Crosky (Scholar Athlete, Academic All-Ivy); 4. Mina Shakarshy; 5. Katherine Elliott-Moskwa; 6. Lydia Smith (Scholar Athlete);  8. Sarah Beresford (Scholar Athlete); 9. Kathryn Yates; 10. Kyla Harrington (Scholar Athlete); 11. Alexandra White

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 2. Sarah Domenick (abroad fall semester); 7. Erika Kohnen; Brooke Dalury; Nikoo Fadaifard; Suzanne Michalak; Meredith Schmidt-Fellner (abroad fall semester); Christina Fleischer (abroad fall semester)

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Skylar Murphy, Isabel Pitaro, and Emily Richmond

Captains: Lydia Smith, Sarah Beresford, Sarah Crosky, and Kyla Harrington

Team Goals: To get into the top 8 in the country while working hard and having fun

Key Matches: Dartmouth, Williams, Middlebury, and Bates

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.