The St. Lawrence University women's squash team opened the 2010-11 season on Saturday at the Robie Squash Courts, as the Saints hosted Queens, the University of Toronto and William Smith in a round robin.
The University of Toronto defeated the Saints 9-0 in the opening match, while the Herons of William Smith won the bottom seven matches for a 7-2 victory. Finally, St. Lawrence and Queens played to a 4-4 tie in the final match of the afternoon.
After being shut out by Toronto, Frances Robinson and Molly Caplan won the No. 1 and 2 matches for the Saints against William Smith. Robinson defeated Victoria Scott 3-1 at the top spot after dropping the opening game (10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8), while Caplan swept Lucia Adams Rowe 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-6). However, the Herons won each of the final seven matches to secure the win, 7-2.
Though Queens won each of the top four matches, it was the lower half of the St. Lawrence line-up that helped the team earn a 4-4 tie. Corey McHugh won at No. 5 against her opponent (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8), while Patty Poekel won at No. 6 over Rebecca McTavish, 3-1 (5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 13-11). Charlotte Edson and Parker Benedict also won their matches at No.'s 7 and 8, respectively, to earn the 4-4 split. Edson beat Gen Savard 3-1 (11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-6) and Benedict handed Katherine Kerr a 3-0 loss (11-1, 11-3, 11-7).
St. Lawrence will be in action again next weekend in Poughkeepsie, NY when Vassar College hosts the 2010 Liberty League Championships on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21.