PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s squash programs have announced their incoming freshman classes for the 2016-17 season. Penn’s Class of 2020 will consist of a pair of new Quakers on the men’s squad, and three on the women’s team.
Slated to join newly promoted head coach, Gilly Lane, on the men’s squad are David Yacobucci and Wil Hagen, while Jessica Davis, Lindsay Stanley and Clare Kearns will unite with Director of Squash Jack Wyant and the women’s program.
What they are saying…
“We are thrilled to welcome David and Wil to the program. They both bring skill and experience after successful junior careers internationally and nationally. David will be joining us from the squash powerhouse Brunswick school, where he played No. 1 the past two seasons and has led them to two national championships. He will make an immediate impact on a team that had its best season since 2007. Wil brings a toughness and work ethic that we love at Penn. Last year he represented the U.S. at the Pan American Juniors in Argentina, and helped lead the team to a gold medal! We look forward to having both represent Penn on and off the court.”
“After a stellar 2015-16 campaign, and the graduation of three, four-year starters, it will be hard to top last season. That being said, Gilly and I are optimistic about our chances because we welcome a talented, enthusiastic freshman class, including Lindsay Stanley, Jessica Davis and Clare Kearns.”
“Another great addition to our team is our new assistant coach, Emery Greenwood, who will also make us better. Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Trinity, and Stanford are all improved, but I like our chances. Can’t wait to get going this season!”
Meet the newest Quakers…
David Yacobucci | Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School
High School: Two-time squash All-American (2014, 2015) … Led Brunswick (played No. 1) to back-to-back Division I National Championships (2015, 2016) … Featured in Sports Illustrated’s prestigious “Faces in the Crowd” series (March, 2016) … Part of four-straight New England Championship squads, tallying a combined record of 61-2 … Member of the 2014 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team … President of the Squash Haven Club at Brunswick … Four-time U.S. Squash Scholar Athlete Award honoree … High Honor Student.
Personal: Son of Diana and James Yacobucci … Twin sister, Jessica, was also featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” series (March 2016) … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Wil Hagen | Princeton, N.J./The Hun School of Princeton
High School: Helped the U.S. Men’s National Team to a Gold Medal at the Pan American Juniors in Argentina (2015) … Captured the Pan American Mixed Doubles Gold Medal, defeating top-seeded Mexico in the finals (2015) … Quarterfinalist at the U.S. Junior Squash Championships in 2015, defeating third-seeded Bransten Ming … Squash All-MAPL Team at the Hun School (2016) … Captain, and four-year golf letterman … Three-time golf All-MAPL Team honoree … Four-Year Honor Roll student, twice High Honors … All-MAPL Academic Team member … Cum Laude Society Member.
Personal: Son of Mimi Mead-Hagan and Lee Hagan … Award-winning piano composer … Formerly ranked chess player … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Lindsay Stanley | Summit, N.J./Pingry School
High School: Three-time (2014, 2015, 2016) High School Squash All-American … Two-time New Jersey High School Individual Champion (2014, 2016) … Winner of the Northern New Jersey Squash Racquets Association (NNJSRA) Junior Achievement Award (2016) … Three-time Pingry Team MVP (2013, 2014, 2016) … Four-year squash letterman, and team captain.
Personal: Daughter of Jeff and Jill Stanley … Father, Jeff, played squash at Princeton … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jessica Davis | Manchester, England/Loretto Six Form College
High School: Member of England’s U19 National Squash Team (2014) … Represented England at the European Championships in Helsinki, France and the World Championships in Windhoek, Namibia … Member of the first-place Cheshire Ladies County Squash Team (2016) … Winner of the “Contribution to English Study”, as well as “Contribution to Physical Education Study” Awards at Loretto Sixth Form.
Personal: Daughter of Julie and Paul Davis … Sister, Amanda, is a member of the England National Tap Dancing Team (2015 World Champions) … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Clare Kearns | Brooklyn Heights, N.Y./Saint Ann’s School
High School: Part of two undefeated seasons, and three-consecutive AAIS championship teams at Saint Ann’s … Played No. 1 as a junior … Four-time U.S. Squash Scholar Athlete Award honoree … Earned the William T. Ketcham Most Improved Junior Ranking Award in 2014.
Personal: Daughter of Philip Kearns and Sid Ray … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.