By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET

Connecticut CollegeNew London, CT — Connecticut College has emerged stronger after a rebuilding season in 2013-2014. The Camels will be returning all players from last year’s top 12, and their four first-year players are all expected to vie for spots in the starting order. According to head coach Ted Childs, “The team has wonderful team chemistry. Their bond is amazing and was developed over the course of a rebuilding season last year, and they with the integration of a new coach as well.” To enhance the team’s bond, a winter training trip to Grand Cayman is being planned. In addition, the team will be working with Capitol Squash, Hartford’s new urban squash program. On the court, the team will be focused on matches with Tufts, William Smith, Wellesley, Colby, and Mount Holyoke, all teams that defeated the Camels last season. Tri-captains Leah Puklin, Ashley Arthur, and Caroline Sargent will lead the team this season. Puklin was 1 of only 4 NESCAC players to earn the trifecta in NESCAC honors: NESCAC All Sportsmanship Team, Second Team All NESCAC as a player, and NESCAC All Academic Team.”The Conn Team is very fortunate to have outstanding leadership in seasoned Captains Arthur, Puklin and Sargent and in seniors Jacobs and Tierney. We plan to put our best effort forward for every match, get the most out of our potential and carry ourselves with the utmost sportsmanship,” adds Childs.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-16

Final Ranking: 30

Team Championships: 6th in the Epps Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 3… Position with the Most Wins: #1s, 2s, and 3s had 11 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Ted Childs

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Caroline Sargent (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 2. Leah Puklin (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 3. Ashley Arthur (2016); 4. Adrienne Sieverding (2016); 5. Anne Holly (2017); 6. Caroline Lippincott (2017); 8. Kaleigh Tierney (2015); 9. Myra Jacobs (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Victoria Allen (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 7. Madison Craft (2016, away during the fall semester)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Mawa Ballo (The Global Learning Collaborative School – Harlem, NY)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Nina Nalle (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy – Philadelphia, PA)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Allie Fuller (St. George’s, RI) and Elizabeth Varoli (Kennedy Catholic High School, NY)

Captains: Leah Puklin, Ashley Arthur, and Caroline Sargent

Team Goals: To put our best effort forward for every match, get the most out of our potential and carry ourselves with the utmost sportsmanship

Key Matches: Tufts, William Smith, Wellesley, Colby, Mount Holyoke

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