By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 9:07 AM ET

Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH — This season could be a challenge for Dartmouth. After all, they will be without their numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 from last season’s Team Championships. The Big Green are expecting 4 players to join the line-up, and these players will compete for positions in the middle to bottom of the ladder.  According to assistant coach Theo Woodward, the team’s goal is “to be ranked top 10 in the nation.” They will face challenging competition, especially from teams with the exact same goal, such as Brown, Cornell, Columbia, George Washington, and Stanford. The Big Green’s bottom 3 from last season had the highest winning percentage, 38%. With the need to fill the gaps at the top of the ladder, this experience will be very valuable for Dartmouth. Senior Helena Darling tied for the most victories on the team last year. She had critical wins over Brown and Columbia, which helped Dartmouth record victories. Along with the other seniors on the squad, look for Darling and Dartmouth to rise to the challenge of the 2014 – 2015 season.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-10

Final Ranking: 8

Team Championships: 8th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 1… Position with the Most Wins: #6s and 8s had 7 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Hansi Wiens

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Jacqueline Barnes (2017); 6. Helena Darling (2015); 7. Lydie McKenzie (2016); 8. Tori Dewey (2016); 9. Sarah Caughey (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 10. Marian Lurio (2015); 11. Maddie Fraser (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Melina Turk (2014 – Academic All-Ivy); 3. Nina Scott (2016); 4. Kate Nimmo (2014); 5. Kensy Balch (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Middle 3: Oona Morris (2015)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3 and bottom 3: Caroline Canning (Chestnut Hill Academy – Springside,  PA); Janel Gaube (St Michael’s University School – BC, Canada); Rebecca Brownell (Noble & Greenough School –  MA); and Zainab Molani (Lake Zurich High School – IL)

Team Goals: To be ranked top 10 in the nation

Key Matches: Brown, Cornell, Columbia, George Washington, and Stanford

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