St. Lawrence University's women's squash team has been named the winner of the Most Improved Team Award by the Collegiate Squash Association.
The award is based on the number of spots a team has improved in the rankings as well as the strength of opponents they have surpassed.
The Saints finished the 2013-14 season ranked 19th after the regular season and won their semifinal match in the Walker Cup for teams ranked 17th through 24th. They finished the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Bowdoin in the 19-20 match.
St. Lawrence finished the 2012-13 season ranked 27th nationally. The 19th place ranking for coach Chris Abplanalp's Saints is among 43 teams and is the highest since the 2007 team ranked 13th among 31 teams playing women's intercollegiate squash.
The 2013-14 team went 4-10 against the most challenging schedule in program history. Four of the Saint losses came against teams ranked in the top six. SLU went 4-7 against Division III competition and was the eighth-ranked Division III program in the final poll. Trinity College, which finished the season ranked second overall and first among Division III teams beat Harvard to win the national team championship.