By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 14, 2014 at 7:25 PM ET

Franklin & Marshall CollegeLancaster, PA — Last season, Franklin & Marshall made it as high as 13th in the nation. Ultimately, they concluded the year at 18th, as they finished second in the Walker Cup (C Division) at Team Championships. According to head coach Gavin Jones, “We are a very close team like one Big Squash Family. We work hard on the court and in the classroom, while having fun and supporting each other.” The team will be working with Squash ACES, F&M’s urban youth squash program. The Diplomats want to finish this season within the top 12 teams in the nation. To do so, they will need to play consistently throughout the season. Last season, late January was the turning point for the team; they lost to Amherst, Middlebury, and Williams. This season, the team has three vacancies from last season’s Team Championship line-up to fill. The squad will also be without Emily Caldwell, who will be studying abroad during the fall. The team is expecting four players to join the line-up, including Fiona Murphy, who is returning from a semester off and is expected to play #1 for the Diplomats. With additions to the line-up, a top 12 finish may be a possibility for the Diplomats.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-13

Final Ranking: 18

Team Championships: 2nd in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Position with the Most Wins: #1s and 9s had 10 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gavin Jones

Associate Head Coach: Ron Epps

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Emily Caldwell (2016); 2. Dulakshi Elikewela (2017); 4. Cris Margaret Frias (2016); 5. Katherine Perry (2015); 6. Katherine O’Brien (2017); 7. Jazmin Matos (2016);  10. Krista Lancione (2015); 11. Hennrietta Goelet (2015)

Abroad During the Fall Semester: 1. Emily Caldwell (2016) and Alex Matalon

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Roxana Mead (2014); 8. Liz Gatling (2014); 9. Dana Rapisarda (2016); and Lily Sands

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play #1: Fiona Murphy (Wales, returning from semester away)
  • Expected to play in the top 5: Sherilyn Yang (Singapore) and Lauren Johnston (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Andriena Benedith
  • Other addition: Hope Johnston

Captains: Henrietta (Tookie) Goelet and Katherine Perry

Team Goals: Top finish in the top 12 at nationals

Key Matches: All matches

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