Mary Foster '14 is Four-Time All-NESCAC Women's Squash Honoree, Lauren Nelson '15 Gets First Nod - Team Nearly Upsets Bowdoin in Howe Cup, Then Beats Colby & MHC
Receiving her fourth bid to the all-NESCAC squad, the last three as a first-teamer, Mary Foster '14 (right side photo) has played #1 for the Cardinals throughout her four-year career. During the 2013-14 season, Foster fashioned an 11-10 dual-match record through the Howe Cup competition at Princeton Fri.-Sun., Feb. 21-23. The Cardinals, seeded fifth in "C" (Walker Cup) Division, took on fourth-seeded Bowdoin in a first-round matchup, falling by a tight 5-4 margin. In the consolation semis, Wesleyan rolled past Coby for the third time this year with a 9-0 romp, then beat Mount Holyoke, 6-3, to finish in its seed. Over her four seasons, Foster holds a cumulative record of 42-45 against some of the top talent in small college squash. Earlier this year during the Division III National Championships, Foster won her first three matches to reach the semi-finals of the 32-player bracket, but had to default her final two matches in order to rejoin the team for a scheduled dual match on the final day of Nationals. She also captured an unofficial Little Three individual crown by defeating both her Amherst and Williams rivals at #1.
Named to the all-NESCAC second-team as a first-time selection is Lauren Nelson '15 (left side photo), who played #2 behind Foster most of the year after seeing action between #2 and #3 her first two seasons. With an 11-11 record in 2013-14, Nelson is 35-39 over her three-year career.
Facing Bowdoin for the third time this season, having earlier dropped 8-1 and 7-2 matches, the Cardinals gave it a valiant try at Howe Cup. Foster, Nell Schwed '14 at #5 and Miranda Linsky '14 at #7 all turned it around from the last meeting with Bowdoin three weeks earlier, defeating the Polar Bear who posted a win against them at that time. But one reversal of fortune turned the tide in Bowdoin's favor. Also winning for Wesleyan at #9 was Bridget Doherty '16. When the Cardinals took on Colby in a second-round matchup, having beaten the Mules 6-3 and 7-2 the first two times out, it was nearly a clean sweep for the Cardinals in a 9-0 victory. Seven of the nine matches were decided 3-0 while two went to 3-1. Wesleyan closed out the dual-match year in the consolation championship vs. Mount Holyoke Sunday. Wesleyan had beaten MHC, 8-1, the last time the teams met this season. Thus time the result favored Wesleyan, 6-3, givng the Cardinals a final team record of 11-12, ranked 21st nationally. Winners for the Cardinals by 3-0 counts included Nelson, Schwed, #6 Claire Miller '15, #8 Hannah Plon '14 and Doherty. Liza Bayless '16 was a 3-2 victor at #4.
The final action of the year was the CSA National Individual Championships at Penn Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 1. Foster was the Cardinals' representative in the tournament and went 1-2, dropping a 3-0 match in the opening round before taking a 3-0 decision in the consolations, then falling 3-2 in her final match.