By Anne Bello
Published Sep 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM ET

Bates College Lewiston, ME — Bates saved the best for last during the 2012-2013 season, going on quite the run at the Women’s National Team Championships. The Bobcats were seeded fifteenth coming into the tournament, and they bounced tenth-seeded Williams in the first round with a 5-4 win. They followed that victory with another upset, this time over eleventh-seeded Middlebury, before falling to Dartmouth in the Kurtz Cup finals. Despite the loss of two players to graduation, the returners are long on experience, with two seniors and five juniors back from last year’s line-up from championships. In addition to the veterans, newcomers Emma Dunn (Pomfret) and Charlotte Cabot (Middlesex) are expected to start, and Hannah Cooper (Harriton Senior High School) and Lauren Goldman (Kingswood-Oxford) will also be in the mix. “The Bobcats will dedicate the 2013-2014 season to former head coach and co-founder of the Bates Squash Programs, Herb Bunker, who passed away in the spring,” says head coach Pat Cosquer. Cosquer also reports that audio and visual upgrades to the facility are in the works this fall, and that Bates will be hosting the 3rd Annual Bobcat Classic Professional and Amateur Squash Tournament on September 27-28, which will feature former world #1s Thierry Lincou and David Palmer and an amateur draw that will include adults, juniors and college players from around the world.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-13

Final Ranking: 10

Team Championships: 2nd in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nessrine Ariffin (2015 – First Team All-NESCAC); 3. Myriam Kelly (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 4. Chloe Mitchell (2015); 5. Lesea Bourke (2015); 7. Lauren Williams (2016); 8. Rakey Drammeh (2014); 9. Samantha Matos (2014); 10. Emma Korein (2015); Ashley Brooks (2014)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 2. Cheri-Ann Parris (2013 – First Team All-NESCAC); 6. Ali Bragg (2013 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Emma Dunn (Pomfret School – Bellevue, Washington)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Charlotte Cabot (Middlesex – Dover, MA)
  • Other additions: Hannah Cooper (Harriton Senior HS, Gladwyne, PA) and Lauren Goldman (Kingswood-Oxford, West Hartford, CT)

Captains: Rakey Drammeh’14 and Myriam Kelly’15

Team Goals: To be the best team we can be, to enjoy the journey and to fight like Bobcats

Key Matches: All matches against NESCAC and Division 1 opponents

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.