By Anne Bello
Published Oct 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM ET

Lewisburg, PA — Bucknell squash has made significant gains since the program was started three years ago, climbing from 55th in the nation during their first season to 42nd last year. In 2011-2012 the Bison had a win over Vassar, a varsity program, as well as a near win over Johns Hopkins, who finished the season ranked 38th. To top it all off, the Bison defeated Boston University 5-4 to win the Serues Cup (F Division).

“The Bucknell Squash team is looking forward to its fourth season and first as a university funded program,” says senior Kirk Bonner, who has been a driving force behind the program’s growth. “Lying near two hotbeds for squash and seeing only one player graduate, we are exited to have a more competitive ladder this season then ever.”  The fact that this will be the first year Bucknell squash has been a university-funded program should give the team an added boost and bodes well its long-term health.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-4

Final Ranking: 42

Team Championships: 1st in Serues Cup (F Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Kirk Bonner, (2) Christopher Santoro, (3) Griffin Snyder, (4) Christopher Murphy, (6) Morgan Beeson, (7) Cooper Mead, (8) Rod Maier, (9) Peter Davis, (10) Ledge Greenfield

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (5) Benjamin Dicamillo

Team Goals: To finish the season ranked in the top 40, to once again win division at the Men’s National Team Championships, and to upgrade  facilities with help from university and alumni

Key Matches: Navy Round Robin, tournament with other teams that compete in the Patriot League in other sports

 To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.