By Anne Bello
Published Sep 14, 2010 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 15, 2010 at 10:06 PM ET

Lewisburg, PA — The Bucknell Bison have been making steady progress as they establish themselves as a club team.

After finishing third in the Emerging Teams Division in 2009, they fielded enough players to compete in the Hawthorn Cup (G Division), where they finished sixth. The Bison’s second trip to the Men’s National Team Championships included a 5-4 win over Notre Dame, an impressive feat since short-handed Bucknell had to forfeit the number 8 and 9 matches.

The Bison also expanded their schedule last year, competing in a number of regular season matches for the first time. They notched a key win over Bard, a varsity team, and had competitive matches with other teams from schools that traditionally compete in the Patriot League.

“We had no players graduate this past year and look forward to a strong freshman class,” says team captain and acting coach Kirk Bonner. “Our season goals are to finish the season with a winning record and be ranked in the top 50.” With a season of competitive play behind them, the Bison should be able to continue their improvement.

2009-2010 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 4-5
Final Ranking: 54
Team Championships: 54th Overall; 6th in Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: Nicola Beaumont (6); Morgan Beeson (3); Kirk Bonner (1; 2009-2010 Captain); Alden French (4); James Kingsbury (5); Elena Hayssen (7); Griffin Snyder (2)

Graduates on Last Season’s Team Championships Roster: None

Captain: Kirk Bonner

Team Goals:
Finish the season with a winning record and be ranked in the top 50

To read other team previews, please visit the 2010 – 2011 College Squash Preview Page.