By Anne Bello
Published Oct 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM ET

Medford, MA — Facing a rebuilding season, the Jumbos look to minimize their losses and stay in the C Division.

Since the 2004-2005 season, Tufts has consistently finished in the top 20. Keeping that streak alive this season may prove challenging. Between graduation and study abroad, the Jumbos have lost six players from their championship roster.

However, Tufts does have a number of first-year players coming in and that should help fill in the holes in their ladder, especially in the bottom half. Also, two upperclassmen — Ed Wronsky, a sophomore, and Luke Metcalf, a junior — have also joined. A number of returning players are likely to play up on the ladder, so they will have to draw on their experience as the new members adjust to the collegiate game.

Senior Alex Gross, a First-Team All-NESCAC selection last season, will be leading the Jumbos on and off the court. Gross is expected to play number 1 again and will be the team’s captain.

Tufts players have volunteered with SquashBusters, Boston’s urban youth squash program, in the past, and the team will likely continue its involvement this year.

“It’s the first re-building season in about 12 years,” says head coach Doug Eng. “We have a team with 7 upperclassmen and 6 freshmen so we are looking forward to a learning season for the new players and the upperclassmen to pass on their experience and knowledge. We look forward to a hard-working team effort to stay in the top 24 nationally.”

2009-2010 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-12
Final Ranking: 19
Team Championships: 19th Overall; 3rd in Summers Cup (C Division)

2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Doug Eng

Returning Players from Team Championships: Alex Gross (1; 1st Team All-NESCAC); Andrew Kim (9); Henry Miller (8); Ben Rind (4); Will Salisbury (10)

Non-Returning Players from Last Season’s Team Championships Roster: Eli Borek (11); Zach Bradley (3; 2009-2010 Captain); Max Dalury (5; 2009-2010 Captain); Scott Leighton (7); John Subranni (2); Chris Stoj; Sheldon Taylor (6)

Additions to the 2010-2011 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Michael Abboud and Tesfa Hailu
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Ben Briggs
  • Other additions: Saul Sparber, Kip Denoyer, Jeremy Ho, Ed Wronsky, and Luke Metcalf, Jr.

Captain: Alex Gross

Team Goals: Bond and work hard together; Compete in the Summers Cup (C Division) at Nationals

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