NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Lilly Fast will captain the Yale women's squash team next year.
The junior, a Greenwich, Conn. native, has been an integral part of the Bulldogs since her freshman season. That year, she went 11-0 as the Bulldogs won the national championship. She contributed directly to the victory, winning her match at No. 9 in the national championship as Yale pulled out a 5-4 victory. As a sophomore, Fast had a 15-2 record as she spent most of the season playing at No. 8. She continued her big-match heroics, winning in both the semifinals and finals of the Howe Cup, although Yale came up just short against the Crimson in the final. For her work, she earned the No. 40 ranking in the nation, a mark that she vindicated with a strong 9-4 junior season, playing mostly at No. 5 but also putting in some work higher in the lineup, especially after the loss of fellow junior Kim Hay left the team short-handed.
As senior and captain, Fast will look to pilot the Bulldogs back to the top of the collegiate squash world. After finishing No. 1 her freshman year and No. 2 as a sophomore, the Bulldogs fell to No. 5 in 2012-13. After years of dominance at the top by Yale and Harvard, Trinity, Penn and Princeton improved significantly this year, and the Howe Cup went from a two team competition to a five team one.
The Bulldogs look to return a strong team next year, with only three seniors graduating, but it will take hard work and leadership if the Bulldogs want to return to the top of collegiate squash.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity