Lane Receives Skillman Award

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania senior men’s squash player Gilly Lane received the Skillman Award at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Tournament banquet this past weekend in New Haven, Conn. Only seniors are eligible for the award, and each team is given one vote.

The award is based on six criteria:

On-court poise and demeanor
Skill level and ability in the game of squash
Team play
Contribution to intercollegiate squash
Cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials

“It is really an honor winning this award. I have worked really hard the past four years to become the best player I can be while representing Penn, my fellow teammates and Head Coach Craig Thorpe-Clark,” said Lane “I want to thank Craig for all that he has done for me the past four years along with my teammates who have been there with me every step of the way.”

“I feel that Gilly exemplifies all of the qualities in a Skillman Award winner,” said Thorpe-Clark. “His personal integrity and outstanding level of sportsmanship, respect for the game, his opponents and his university, are the hallmarks of this outstanding young man. He is the most energetic and enthusiastic young man I have coached, and his love for Penn and the game of squash are genuine.”

During his career, Lane has garnered All-America and All-Ivy honors three times. Last season he was named first-team All-America and finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation. Lane currently has 30 wins in his career and posted a career-best 11 victories this season, including five in the Ivy League.

In individual competition, Lane represented the United States at the World University Games in Hungary in September 2006. He also finished sixth at the U.S. National this past year.

Lane will compete for the Red and Blue for the last time this weekend at the CSA Individual Championships to be held at Penn’s Ringe Courts.