By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 11:30 PM ET

George Washington UniversityWashington, DC — Last season marked George Washington’s first appearance in the Howe Cup (A Division) at Team Championships. Unfortunately, a blizzard cut the Colonials’ appearance at the top level of Team Championships short, so they are anxious to punch their return ticket this season. Returning eight of nine players from the starting line-up of Team Championships will help tremendously with this goal. According to head coach Wendy Lawrence, “The GW Women’s team has been building every year into a program that finds ways to win important matches. They train hard in the gym and focus on ways to improve something in their game every season.” Leading the Colonials will be co-captain Anna Porras. As in the past three years, she enters her senior season set to play #1 for the Colonials. Porras, the first GW player to be named a Second Team All-American (2012-13 and 2014-15) has represented her home country of Colombia at the Worlds and Pan American Games, and that international experience has prepared her well for 2015-16.  With an experienced squad, George Washington should be in the mix for a position in the Howe Cup.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-8

Final Ranking: 7

Team Championships: 7th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 3… Top 3 Win %: 0.5625… Middle 3 Win %: 0.4792… Lower 3 Win %: 0.5208

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Lawrence (Chaffee Award)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Anna Porras (2016- CSA Second Team All-American, CSA Scholar Athlete); 2. Breann Flynn (2017); 4. Mehak Chawla (2017); 5. Emely Levyn (2016); 6. Abigail Shonrock (2018); 7. Mary Jo Mahfood (2018); 8. Lindsey Dewey (2018, away first semester); 9. Alexa Tzarnas (2016);  11. Jessica Perkins (2017, away first semester)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 3. Alejandra Porras (2015); 10. Laksmi Settipalli (2018)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Eunice Tan (returning from injury) and Ginger Sands (transfer from Hamilton)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Brooke Feldman (Atlanic City High School)

Captains: Gaby (Anna) Porras, Emely Levyn, and Breann Flynn

Team Goals: To continue to move up and play hard against the top teams in our strong schedule

Key Matches: Columbia and Cornell

To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.