By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 10:16 PM ET

Brown University Providence, RI — Brown finished the 2016 season with a 3rd place finish in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) at the Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. The Bears intend to be back in the mix for the Kurtz Cup crown this season. The team recognizes that matches with Dartmouth, Cornell, Williams, Virginia, and Middlebury will be key as they work towards that goal. According to head coach Stuart le Gassick, “Brown is a team that is supportive of each other and who enjoy the team experience – all the while balancing a great educational experience with the excitement of competing at a high level on the squash courts.” To illustrate that balance, le Gassick explained that last season’s #10 Katherine Pisani spent the summer working in Russia for NASA and pursued research on the relationship between planetary impacts and chondrules. For Brown to have a successful season in le Gassick’s eyes the team needs “to have fun, work hard, enjoy the team experience and compete at the top of the Kurtz Cup Division – if not higher!” That goal does not seem out of this world.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-9

Final Ranking: 11

Team Championships: 3rd in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .314… Middle 3 Win%: .490… Lower 3 Win%: .559…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Stuart le Gassick

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Quincy Beck (2018); 3. Isabel Scherl (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 6. Katrina Northrup (2019); 7. Hannah Hay-Smith (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 8. Purvi Goel (2019); 9. Hannah Safford (2019); 10. Katherine Pisani (2018); 11. Megha Poddar (2019);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Skylar Murphy (2016); 4. Emily Richmond (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 5. Isabel Pitaro (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Hannah Seckendorf and Isabel Young
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Scarlett Bergam

Captains: Isabel Scherl, Hannah Hay-Smith, and Quincy Beck

Team Goals: To have fun, work hard, enjoy the team experience and compete at the top of the Kurtz Cup Division

Key Matches: Dartmouth, Cornell, Williams, Virginia, and Middlebury

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