By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 10, 2015 at 9:10 PM ET

Bucknell UniversityLewisburg, PA — After finishing last season as the 31st ranked team in the nation, Bucknell wants to get back to a top-30 ranking position. This goal may be challenging given that the Bison graduated four players from last season’s Team Championships. Yet the Bison are expecting eight players to join their squad this season. Fitness is a key area for Bucknell. According to co-captain Mike Gagnier, “We plan on doing more fitness to help our stamina. We lost too many five game matches last year because our players were running out of gas. Five game matches are so critical when we’re playing rival teams, and we want to put ourselves in the position to win every one of them.” Bucknell knows that matches with Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and MIT will be crucial to their season. Even if Bucknell increases their fitness and capitalizes on key matches, the Bison still may be left out of a talented top 30 ranking position at season end.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-9

Final Ranking: 31

Team Championships: 7th in the Conroy Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 5… Top 3 Win %: 0.5208… Middle 3 Win %: 0.3958… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4091

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Michael Gagnier (2016); 4. Tyler Edwards (2016); 5. Nick Desrosier (2017); 7. Christopher Shea (2018); 9. Spencer Smith (2017); 10. Sam Klaber (2018); 11. Duncan Botti (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 1. Hayden Radovich (2015); 3. Henry Gadsden (2015 – CSA Academic Recognition); 6. Gavin McGovern (2015); 8. Malcolm Willis (2015 – CSA Academic Recognition)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Henry Charman (2019), Jack Prochniak (2019)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Charles Mueller (2016), Jack Buendin (2019)
  • Other additions: Richard Fitzgerald (2019), Matt Meyers (2019), Adam Workineh (2019), Vidur Karani (2019)

Captains: Tyler Edwards and Mike Gagnier

Team Goals: Finish in the top 30

Key Matches: Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, MIT

To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.