By Michael T. Bello
Published May 28, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated May 25, 2015 at 7:49 PM ET

George Washington UniversityCambridge, MA — George Washington University was named the winner of the 2015 Chaffee Award.

The award, which is named for former Williams coach Clarence C. Chaffee, has been presented  annually since 1987 to the coach whose team best demonstrates the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, character, and improvement. Coaches discuss with their teams which team they feel is deserving of this award. Coaches then vote on the award, with each team getting one vote.

The award was presented to George Washington head coach Wendy Lawrence, assistant coach Brian O’Hora, and captains Anna Porras and Emely Levyn.

George Washington, the 2013 – 2014 Kurtz Cup (B Division) winners, made their first ever appearance in the Howe Cup (A Division) this season. Due to the blizzard that impacted this season’s team championships, the Colonials tied for 7th in the final team rankings of the season.

This season, George Washington played many crucial matches. In key regular season matches, the Colonials defeated both Columbia and Stanford, 5-4. These victories helped vault the Colonials to the 8th ranking position heading into the Women’s College Squash Association’s National Team Championships.

This marked the second time George Washington has been recognized with the Chaffee Award. The Colonials previously received the Chaffee Award at the conclusion of the 2007 – 2008 season.