By Anne Bello
Published Sep 11, 2009 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 10, 2009 at 7:13 PM ET

colgateHamilton, NY — For the past seven seasons, Colgate has consistently finished ranked in the low-to-mid thirties. After finishing 31st last season, the Raiders want to make it into the top thirty and finish with their team’s highest ranking ever.

While Colgate will lose two players from its 2008-2009 National Team Championships roster — number 3 Matt Bloch and number 8 Todd Goldman — seniors John Williams and Johnny Russell will join the team. Williams is expected to compete for a spot in the middle of the ladder, and Russell should play number 2. Russell will also serve as team captain along with fellow senior Rob McCary, who trained in Amsterdam for a month in June. The team expects to have several first-year players join as well.

Australia’s Bradley Hindle, the 65th-ranked player in the world, plans to guest coach at Colgate for several weeks in the fall. The additional coaching should be useful when Colgate plays rival Hamilton, a top thirty team.

2008-2009 Season Recap

FINAL RANKING: 31st

NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 31st; 7th in Conroy Cup (D Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Rob McCary ’10 (1); Kyle Deombeleg ’12 (2); Steve Carey ’12 (4); Jamie Beddow ’11 (5); Andrew Cherna ’12 (6); Jake Gregory ’12 (7)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Matt Bloch (3); Todd Goldman (8)

Additions to 2009-2010 Roster: Johnny Russell ’10 (expected to play number 2); John Williams ’10 (expected to play in the middle of the ladder

Captains: Rob McCary and Johnny Russell

Team Goals: To finish with their highest team ranking ever

Key Matches: Vanderbilt, UVA, Hamilton, and Penn State

To read other team previews, please visit the 2009 – 2010 College Squash Preview Page.