By Anne Bello
Published Sep 29, 2009 at 4:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 26, 2009 at 9:31 PM ET

bucknellLewisburg, PA — With just one season as a competitive club team behind them, the Bucknell Bison hope to become a bigger presence on campus and to be competitive with all the teams they play.

The Bison, who finished 3rd in the Emerging Teams Division during their first trip to the National Team Championships last year, will only lose their number 5 player, Zenhar Marolio. At the top of the ladder is a trio of sophomores: captain Kirk Bonner, Griffin Snyder, and Morgan Beeson, who played goalie for his state champion lacrosse team. Senior Geoff Novak, who also plays rugby for Bucknell, will return as well, and the Bison hope to add more players once practices get under way.

The Bison are looking forward to playing other Patriot League teams and have plans to become involved in community service as a team this year. “Bucknell Squash is a growing program with much support,” says Bonner.

2008-2009 Season Recap

NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 55th; 3rd in the Emerging Teams Division

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Kirk Bonner ’12 (1); Morgan Beeson ’12 (2); Griffin Snyder ’12 (3); Geoff Novak ’10 (4)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Zenhar Marolio (5)

Captain: Kirk Bonner

Team Goals: To gain popularity within the Bucknell community and to be competitive with each team they play

Key Matches: Navy round robin; matches against other Patriot League teams

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