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Emily Stark '04
Junior Emily Stark returns for her third season and should be a solid player in the middle of the lineup

2002-03 Women's Squash Set for Standout Season

December 2, 2002

2001-2002 RECAP
The Amherst women’s squash team earned its stripes last year, taking on a 30-team field to finish 11th in the annual season-ending Howe Cup Tournament. The team began its season with a 9-0 blistering of Tufts University, then tore through the Williams College Invitational - Amherst played past Bowdoin College, Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania before losing 5-4 to Bates College. The Jeffs set the pace again at their own Invitational Tournament in mid-January. The team won four of five matches at the Amherst Invite. Riding an 8-3 record, the squad hit the lowest point of its season in late January, suffering back-to-back shutout losses to Brown University and top-ranked Trinity College. The Jeffs clawed their way back with a 9-0 sweep of Smith College and an 8-1 drubbing of Wellesley College, before ending their season with three wins in six matches. Overall, the team racked up a 13-8 record.

The Class of 2002 graduated co-captains Mary Frances Ford and Lindsey Snyder, as well as Cara Coscarelli, who will return as Bagwell’s assistant coach this year under the Hitchcock Fellowship. Coscarelli became a major contributor to the squash program after she joined the team prior to her junior year, taking up residence at the end of the Amherst lineup. Meanwhile, Ford and Snyder played 5 and 7, respectively. Over the last two years, the squad manufactured a healthy 26-16 record. Junior Tara Kenney (West Chatham, MA), one of the team’s top contributors, will be taking the 2002-2003 season off while studying abroad.

The remaining squad members will look to pick up right where Coscarelli, Ford, Snyder and Kenney left off. Senior co-captain Susanna Burke (St. Louis, MO), a force in the program since she joined the team her sophomore year and ended the 2001-2002 run ranked 27th in the season-ending WISA rankings, will headline the Jeffs from the 1 slot. Senior co-captain Roopali Agarwal (Boxford, MA) will likely repeat in the second spot for Amherst. Sophomore Ali Gibbs (Greenwich, CT), junior Liz Martin (Towson, MD) and junior Emily Stark (Roanoke, VA) will fill out the middle of the lineup. Sophomore Melanie Zachar (Miami, FL) has taken strides since last year and will look to crack the starting lineup. Junior Rebecca Muse-Orlinoff (Concord, MA) will round out the Amherst lineup and junior Annie MacRae (New York, NY), who will spend the first half of the season studying abroad, will also be in the fight for a starting position.

Several newcomers will step onto the court for Amherst this season. Sophomore Ashley Harmeling (North Reading, MA), a transfer from Harvard University, will make her presence known immediately and should break into the top third of the Jeff lineup. First-year Lauren Coape-Arnold (Scarsdale, NY) looks to shake things up at the bottom of the lineup, and first-year Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) will also vie for playing time. Junior Pam Burkardt (Pittsburgh, PA) also joins the team this year, coming off a two-year stint on the women’s ice hockey team.