Jan. 7, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy squash team improved to 15-4 on the year by earning a 7-2 win over 19th-ranked Bates Saturday afternoon in Lewiston, Maine. The Mids played three matches over the last two days in the state of Maine, scoring a 9-0 win over Bowdoin Friday night and an 8-1 victory over Colby Saturday morning.
“This afternoon’s match against Bates was extremely close and was exciting as you can get,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “I’m a firm believer that our 13 practice sessions we had over the break made the difference in this match. I think it kept it from being a 5-4 match.”
In one of the most exciting matches of the day, freshman Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) battled from two games down to earn a 3-2 victory over Bates’ R.J. Keating at the No. 3 slot. Truly a marathon battle, Keating outlasted the Navy rookie in each of the first two games by scores of 12-10. Kacergis, however, fought his way back to win the final three games, 11-5, 11-7 and 11-4. Kacergis finished 3-0 over the weekend and boasts a 13-2 record this season.
Not to be outdown, fellow rookie Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) also found himself on the winning side of a five-game match at the No. 4 position. Abrams took the opening game over Bates junior Eric Bedell, 13-11, but Bedell went on to take a 2-1 lead with back-to-back wins in the second and third. Abrams evened the score in the fourth with an 11-9 victory and then sealed the victory in the fifth with a 13-11 win. He is now 8-0 on the year.
Freshman Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) won his third match of the weekend by way of an 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7 victory over Bates team captain Bobby Burns, while junior John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) fended off a hard-nosed Jason Shrubb, 11-4, 12-10, 12-10.
Juniors Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) and David Koenig (Cincinnati, Ohio) suffered the Mids’ two losses, but both were tremendous matches. Bouchard was tripped up by Kristian Muldoon in four games, while Koenig lost a heart breaker in five games to Nabil Saleem.
The Midshipmen will be back in action on Tuesday when they play host to 16th-ranked Columbia at 4:00 pm and on Wednesday Navy will play host to 17th-ranked George Washington at 5:00 pm
Navy def. Bates, 7-2
1 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Bobby Burns (B), 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7
2 - Kristian Muldoon (C) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5
3 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. R.J. Keating (B), 10-12, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
4 - Hunter Abrams (N) def. Eric Bedell (B), 13-11, 9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 13-11
5 - Colin Barry (N) def. Andy Cannon (B), 11-7, 12-10, 11-5
6 - Billy Abrams (N) def. Walter Cabot (B), 112-10, 11-8, 11-6
7 - John Tracey (N) def. David Born (B), 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
8 - John Richey (N) def. Jason Shrubb (B), 11-4, 12-10, 12-10
9 - Nabil Saleem (B) def. David Koenig (N), 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11
### Go Navy ###