By Anne Bello
Published Oct 17, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Mar 22, 2015 at 9:29 PM ET

Hamilton CollegeClinton, NY — “This season we could have as many as six or seven different players in the lineup from the end of 2013-14,” explains Hamilton head coach Jamie King. While the Continentals only graduated three starters from last season’s championship roster, they are gaining a full complement of new players. A total of nine newcomers will be vying for spots in the Hamilton starting order. “Our talent has improved from last season with all the new players in the lineup,” King notes. “Our goal will be to compete in a very competitive Kurtz Division.” The last time the Continentals finished in the B Division, they dipped back down into the C Division the following season. Thanks to the added depth this time around, they may be able to make more headway in the B Division — and shake things up with their NESCAC rivals. Leadership from veteran players will also help the Continentals keep moving up.  Senior Hilary Gray will be a key part of that effort. King describes Gray, who was second team All-NESCAC last season, as “a solid performer hoping to at least repeat success from last season.” Gray and her teammates won three of three 5-4 matches last season, and that experience will help anchor this up-and-coming squad.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-7

Final Ranking: 16

Team Championships: 8th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 3… Position with the Most Wins: #8s had 15 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jamie King

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Hilary Gray (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 2. Rachel Newman (2016); 3. Lillie Simourian (2017); 5. Lindsay Arader (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic); 6. Elizabeth Morris (2015); 7. Izzy Weisman (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Hannah Coffin (2014); 8. Hillary Kolodner (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 9. Kelsey Bogle (2014); 10. Katie Rogers (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 11. Laura Russell (2014 – NESCAC All-Academic)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Ginger Sands (Birch Wathen Lenox School)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Haley Connor (Milton School); Rafiatou Ouro Aguy (Squash Haven)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Marina Hartnick (Milton School); Grace Munschauer (Nichols School); Katherine Bauer (St. George’s); Danielle Reisley (Penn Charter)
  • Other addition: Natalie Burkardt (Mercersburg); Molly Pivirotto (St. Luke’s School)

Team Goals: Compete in a very competitive Kurtz Division

Key Matches: All NESCAC matches and Franklin & Marshall

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