Women's Squash

About the Program
Established in 1976, the women's squash program at Bowdoin is consistently one of the best teams in the country. And with a top-notch facility to match, few schools in the nation can offer the outstanding experience of playing squash at Bowdoin.

Posting winning seasons (and double digit victories) in 11 of the past 13 years, the Polar Bears have had three players earn All-American status and won the prestigous Kurtz Cup at the CSA National Tournament in 2002-03. For more information on the program, email head coach Tomas Fortson at tfortson@bowdoin.edu .

Bowdoin is one of the few schools in the nation that offers such a high number of playing opportunities. The sparkling new Lubin Family Squash Center, completed in the spring of 2000, has seven international-standard squash courts, with three levels of spectator seating. Eleven additional courts at Sargent Gymnasium provide even more for practice and recreation. In addition, the Brunswick community has embraced the game of squash, with several high-level players residing in the Mid-Coast area and playing on campus.


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Women's Squash Coaching Staff

Head coach: Tomas Fortson
Assistant coaches: John Moncure, Charlie Butt

Tomas Fortson was named the Bowdoin head men's and women's squash coach in 2000. Fortson was the general manager of both The Albatros and The Britania, two tennis/country clubs in Toluca that served over 2,400 members. He was responsible for the total operation of each club which included an average of 80 employees. Before taking the club jobs, Fortson was the head boy's squash coach at the Groton (Mass.) School in 1998, where he led his team to a fifth place finish at the New England Interscholastic Tournament while also being presented with the "Small School Award".

Prior to his stay at Groton, Fortson spent 11 years as a squash professional at various clubs throughout the nation. He started his professional experience in 1986 at Club LaRaquette at the Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City. He created, developed and managed the new squash program, expanding it from 10 to 100 participants with just two courts.

At the conclusion of his three-year stint at Club LaRaquette, Fortson assumed the role of head squash professional at The Squash Club in Boston. During his seven years there he helped build The Squash Club into one of the premier clubs in the area. He created the first-ever professional tournament to be held at the venue while also overseeing all aspects of running the club from day-to-day. Fortson spent a year working for The Green Valley Athletic Club in Las Vegas before joining Groton in 1996.

As a player, Fortson became a professional hardball player in 1985 and through the mid-90's consistently held a top 30 world ranking. In hardball he was a finalist in the World Professional Squash Association Teaching Pro Championships and was the United States "B" Hardball Champion in 1981. Fortson has also won the Venezuelan National Softball Championship three times, the Massachusetts State Softball Championship twice and the Southern Caribbean Softball Championship.

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Women's Squash Roster

Name Year Hometown/School
Jacqueline Deysher 09 Concord, Mass.
Alexandra Franceschi 09 Quechee, Vt.
Elizabeth Gillespie 09 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Katherine Gormley 09 Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Jennifer Crouch 10 Stratham, N.H.
Katie Cushing 10 Westwood, Mass.
Katie Boyce 11 Bath, Maine
Lauren Gesswein 11 Fairfield, Conn.
Elena Laird 11 Cambridge, Mass.

Head Coach: Tomas Fortson
Assistant Coaches: John Moncure, Charlie Butt
Team Captains: Alex Franceshi, Liz Gillispie, Kate Gormley
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 Women's Squash Schedule

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Women's Squash Releases

Date Posted Title
02/25/2008,  3:00PM Squash Players Earn NESCAC Honors
01/24/2006,  11:00AM Squash Plays Well at Yale Round Robin
01/11/2006,  4:00PM Squash Splits With Amherst
01/07/2006,  8:00PM Williams Squash Beats Bowdoin
12/05/2005,  10:00AM Women's Squash Dominates at Wesleyan RR
11/20/2005,  10:00AM Women's Squash Starts Strong
11/19/2004,  3:00PM 2004-05 Squash Season Preview
04/06/2004,  10:00AM Niki Clement Repeats as All-American
11/21/2003,  2:30PM 2003-04 Men's and Women's Squash Preview
03/17/2003,  8:00AM Clement Named All-American In Squash
03/04/2003,  8:00AM Muckerman Wins Halloran Division at Nationals
02/13/2003,  8:00AM Women's Squash Nationals Preview
02/07/2003,  8:00AM Women's Squash Takes CBB Crown
01/14/2003,  8:00AM Squash Teams Cap Successful Weekend
12/12/2002,  8:00AM Squash Teams Rise In Rankings
12/10/2002,  8:00AM Squash Weekend Wrap-Up 12/7-8
11/22/2002,  8:00AM Women's Squash Preview
02/18/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Finishes 16th at Howe Cup
02/12/2002,  8:00AM Squash Teams Split With Colby
01/30/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Splits Matches With Bates
01/29/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Squash Teams Split Weekend Matches
01/18/2002,  8:00AM Women's Squash Team Notes
01/18/2002,  8:00AM Women's Squash Team Notes
01/13/2002,  8:00AM Women's Squash Goes 3-2 at Williams
12/01/2001,  8:00AM Women's Squash Takes Two At Wesleyan
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Women's Squash : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990