By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM ET

George Washington UniversityWashington, DC — After earning the Kurtz Cup (B Division) last season, George Washington is intent on moving into the A Division this season.  On achieving the goal of moving to the A Division, head coach Wendy Lawrence states that “the hard work that will be required to move up will be intense, but I think the team is ready to make the commitment it will take.” The team will be deep with experience as seven of the Colonials’ top nine from last season’s team championships are returning. GW’s strength last season was at the top of the ladder. The top three ladder positions captured 82% of their matches. The team also went 2-0 in 5-4 matches, which were their final two matches of the season at championships against Brown and Columbia. Those victories avenged regular season losses. Adding to the existing experience will be five incoming players, all with decorated squash resumes, who will be battling for spots throughout the Colonials’ line-up.  Over the winter break, the team is planning a training trip to northern California.  The results from last season showed George Washington to the squash world. This season, the Colonials intend to place themselves firmly on the map of elite teams.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 14-5

Final Ranking: 9

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

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 2… Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 17 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Lawrence

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Anna G Porras (2016 – CSA Second Team All-American); 2. Breanne Flynn (2017); 3. Alejandra Porras (2016); 5. Emely Levyn (2016); 7. Eunice Tan (2016); 8. Alexa Tzarnas (2016); 9. Mehak Chawla (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Jackie Shea (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 6. Kelly Barnes (2014); 10. Elizabeth Tapley (2014); 11. Maya Nair (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete); Adriana Calderon (2014); Rebecca Imrich (2014); and Catherine Ehrlich (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Lakshmi Settipalli (Lady Andal School – Chennai, India)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Lindsey Dewey (Deerfield Academy – New Canaan, CT)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Abby Shonrock (Harriton – Philadelphia, PA); Mary Jo Mahfood (Middlesex School – Kingston, Jamaica)
  • Other addition: Erica Chemtob (Trinity Prep – Winter Park, FL)

Captains: Gaby Porras and Emely Levyn

Team Goals: To earn a spot in the A Division

Key Matches: Dartmouth, Stanford, and Columbia

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.