July 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's squash head coach Wendy Lawrence announced today that five student-athletes will be joining the roster in 2014-15 as the Colonials look to defend their Kurtz Cup (B-Division) championship and ascend into the A-Division tier of the College Squash Association (CSA) next season.
The class features a pair of international student-athletes in Mary Jo Mahfood (Kingston, Jamaica) and Lakshmi Settipalli (Chennai, India) in addition to Erica Chemtob (Winter Park, Fla.), Abby Shonrock (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Lindsey Dewey (New Canaan, Conn.).
"The depth of talent in our freshman class will help us match and possibly exceed our standout season last year in our quest to climb into the A-Division of collegiate squash," said Coach Lawrence.
Last season, the Colonials won the Kurtz Cup championship for the first time in program history and finished with a national ranking of No. 9, the highest ranking in program history. Additionally, rising-junior Anna Gabriela Porras was named a CSA All-American for the second consecutive season.
"We ended last season by winning the Kurtz Cup and a national ranking of No. 9," said Coach Lawrence. "It will require a lot of work and adjustments for this young squad to replicate that success after we lost seven seniors this past spring, but I have no doubt that the five freshman will be up to the task as they join a roster of eight returning players."
Chennai, India/Lady Andal
Top-15 ranked player in India ... won gold medal at All-India Punj Lloyds and Chennai Junior Open ... won silver medal at Slovakia Junior Open and AP Junior Open in Hyderabad ... won bronze medal at Finland Open in Helsinki.
New Canaan, CT/Deerfield Academy
Ranked No. 20 in the United States ... helped Deerfield Academy to three consecutive nationals runner-ups ... served as co-captain as a senior ... All-League selection ... voted Most Improved Player in the Under-19 Division.
2013 US Junior Squash Silver National Champion ... achieved No. 32 National Squash Ranking for Under 17 during 2013 season ... played No. 1 as a junior and senior for Harriton High School ... four-year varsity letter recipient for squash and three-year recipient for soccer ... named Most Valuable Player as a senior ... recipient of 2013 HLM Sportsmanship Award ... named Second Team All-MASA Sportsmanship Award recipient ... Second Team All-Mid Atlantic Squash Association squash selection as a senior.
Mary Jo Mahfood
Kingston, Jamaica/The Lawrenceville School
Member Jamaican Junior National Squash team ... played No. 1 and helped the Lawrenceville School to eighth-place finish in Division I at High School Nationals as a senior ... served as team captain as a senior ... First Team All-MASA selection as a senior ... Dean's List selection in eight terms and four terms of high honors.
Winter Park, FL/Trinity Prep
Highest ranking of No. 54 in the nation for United States girls squash players Under 19 ... recipient of AP Scholar Award as a senior ... recipient of Prudential Spirit of Community Award as a junior ... member of National Honor Society (2010-12) and French Honors Society (2010-11) ... US Squash Scholar Athlete Award recipient of 2010.