The Connecticut College squash season is underway. Senior co-captains Kevin Coscarelli and Cara Flynn had a chance to check in with us before they headed off to Harvard for the opening weekend of play.
Q: Kevin, the team enjoyed a fantastic finish at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season, winning the Conroy Division at the CSA Team Championship. What´s the mindset of the team as you head into the 2009-2010 season.
As we head into the 2009-2010 season, our team is looking to expand upon the successes of last year. We did lose our former number one to Trinity, but with the addition of five great freshmen, and the fact that we only lost one player from last year´s team, we are looking to hopefully move up a division, win it, and receive the NCAA most improved award.
Q: Cara, you were a First Team All-NESCAC performer in 2009. What has been the secret to all of your success on the court.
I have competitively been playing squash since I was eight years old. Any success I have had has come as a result of years of hard work and experience. As a result, I have confidence in my ability and never mentally defeat myself before walking onto the court.
Q: Kevin, You played squash, football and baseball in high school. What impacted your decision to settle on squash as your collegiate sport.
I decided to settle on squash as my collegiate sport because it provided me with the best athletic and academic opportunities. Baseball would have been great to play in college, but it turned out that squash could take me too much higher levels of education.
Q: Cara, You have six first year players on the roster this season. Are there things that you can do as a leader and mentor to ease their transition into the collegiate ranks.
This year there are 6 new members of the team. Three freshmen: Jillian Sandler, Emily Russell, and Lucie Nadler, and three sophomores: Jenn Hyslip, Lily Geiger, and Ashley Crutchfield. Managing demanding academics, other groups/clubs, and a social life during the squash season can be difficult. I have found time management to be one of the most important aspects to being a successful student athlete and as the senior captain I hope to lead by example.
Also, transitioning into collegiate level athletics can be intimidating for newcomers. I have faith that returning members to the team, myself, juniors Victoria Leeds and Sarah Robertson, and sophomore Laura Abrams will provide enough support and encouragement to enable the new girls to have great success.
Hey Kevin & Cara, What is the most gratifying aspect of competing with the Camel squash program. What do you look forward to this year and what can Camel fans expect to see when they attend a home match.
The most gratifying aspect of competing with the Camel squash program is being able to play at high levels of competition and to be surrounded by a team that truly wants to improve their game every time they step out onto the court. This year I look forward to competing with possibly the best men's squash team this school has ever seen, and if fans ever come down to a match they will witness an incredibly scrappy team that will shock the NESCAC with some wins that people could have never imagined.
The most gratifying aspect of competing with the Camel squash program is the great friendships built between team members as we support one another on and off the court. Playing a collegiate sport is a huge commitment. However, my choice to play squash here at Connecticut College for four years is a decision I will never regret.
Thank you Kevin and Cara. Go Camels!
November 18, 2009