By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 15, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 11:09 PM ET

St. Lawrence University Canton, NY — With a 4-13 record last season, including a 6th place finish in the Walker Cup (C Division) at the 2016 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships, St. Lawrence’s goal of making the 2017 Kurtz Cup (B Division) may appear as a stretch. Yet with only one player, their #9, from last season’s Team Championships graduating and five incoming first-year students, the depth and experience may be there. To make the leap to the Kurtz Cup, St. Lawrence has added new matches to its schedule, including contests with Connecticut College, Colby, Colgate, Middlebury, George Washington, Amherst, Bates, and Wesleyan. The Saints also recognize the importance of traditional matches with Wellesley and Tufts. St. Lawrence’s strength last year was the top of its line-up. With the top-3 players returning, look for the newcomers to strengthen the remainder of the ladder, which should help the Saints improve, especially in matches in the middle of the order. St. Lawrence may not finish the season in the Kurtz Cup, but look for a top-20 finish this season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 4-13

Final Ranking: 22

Team Championships: 6th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Top 3 Win%: .431… Middle 3 Win%: .176… Lower 3 Win%: .324…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Chris Abplanalp

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Jill Baker (2017); 2. Emily Terry (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 3. Zoe Kagan (2017); 4. Lizzy Lasusa (2019); 5. Alex Infante (2019); 6. Cristina de la Vega (2018); 7. Losangela Batista (2018); 8. Allie Brazo (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 9. Valeria Quan (2016); 10. Sarah Neilson (2016); 11. Catherine Sanderson (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Samantha Sambrook (The Study School – Montreal, Quebec)
  • Katherine Walsh (Nardin Academy – Buffalo, NY)
  • Cindy Yao (Frederick Douglass Academy – New York, NY)
  • Catherine Christopher (St. Luke’s School – New Canaan, CT)
  • Abigail Smith (St. Marks School – Boston, MA)

Captain: Emily Terry

Team Goals: Break into the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

Key Matches: Wellesley, Colby, Tufts, and Hamilton.

To read other team previews, please visit the 2016-2017 College Squash Season Previews page.