By Anne Bello
Published Oct 27, 2010 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 23, 2010 at 8:35 PM ET

Amherst, MA — After finishing last season ranked 18th in the nation, the Jeffs have a lofty goal: to reach the top 10. That kind of movement inside the top 20 is not unprecedented, but it’s certainly not common, and with a number of teams ahead of them adding depth, the Jeffs will have their work cut out for themselves.

However, there are a number of things in Amherst’s favor. The team only lost two seniors from their championship roster to graduation, and they played at the bottom of the ladder. In addition to returning their top eight players from last season, the Jeffs will only grow deeper thanks to their first-year players. John Kerr, who was ranked 27th BU19, will join the team, as will Rodrigo Miranda, a top junior player from El Salvador. Christopher Gerry of Long Island will also be added to the Jeffs’ roster.

Without a doubt, Amherst will be stronger this season. In January they’ll face several NESCAC schools, including defending C Division champion Middlebury and Bates, who finished 12th in the nation last season. Both squads beat Amherst last year; Bates won their one meeting decisively, while Middlebury prevailed in three very close contests across the season. If the Jeffs can hold off the other NESCAC teams, they’ll be in position to move up in the rankings.

2009-2010 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-6
Final Ranking: 18
Team Championships: 18th Overall; 2nd in Summers Cup (C Division)

2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Peter Robson

Returning Players from Team Championships: Matt Arnold (7); Kevin Cecala (5); Andrew Kriete (4); Todd Lavine (8); Charles Loesch-Quintin (2); Zach Porges (10); Tom Rapisarda (6); Steve Severson (3); Brian Warner (1; 2nd Team All-NESCAC)

Graduates on Last Season’s Team Championships Roster: Lee Banta (9; 2009-2010 Captain); Nick Kramer (11; 2009-2010 Captain)

Additions to the 2010-2011 Roster: David Kerr, Rodrigo Miranda, and Christopher Gerry

Captains: Kevin Cecala and Tom Rapisarda

Team Goals: Make the top 10

Key Matches: Williams, Brown, Bates, Bowdoin, and Middlebury

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