Jan. 8, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy squash team (9-3) faced a tough challenge in playing host to top-ranked and reigning National Champion Trinity on Wednesday night at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts. The 4-0 Bantams showed why they are the best team in the college squash, as them handed the 14th-ranked Mids a 9-0 loss.
The Mids pushed Trinity to extra frames in four of the nine matches. Brothers Hunter and Randy Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) pushed their foes to five games each. The elder Beck, Hunter, had Trinity junior Elroy Leong on the ropes with a 2-1 lead at the No. 4 spot. Leong, however, bounced back to knot the match with an 11-8 win in the fourth and sealed the win with an 11-5 decision in the fifth.
Meanwhile, Randy, a freshman, found himself down 2-0 against Moustafa Hamada at the No. 8 position before fighting back to win games three and four, 11-9. Hamada fought off Beck’s momentum and claimed the match in the fifth with an 11-5 victory.
Fellow freshmen Reed Whitney (Ladue, Mo.) and Will Walker (Scarborough, N.Y.) lost their matches in four-game decisions. Trinity senior Matthew Mackin scored an 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-9 win at No. 6 against Whitney, while Walker, playing in his first collegiate varsity match, dropped a 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-1 decision to John Lamont.
Navy, meanwhile, played its match without its No. 1 player, junior Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.), who watched and encouraged his teammates from the gallery with an injury.
“I thought it was a good effort by the team tonight,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “The plan going in was to puck up a game, then a second and then finish. We had a couple of guys that came up just short of that goal. Trinity gave us their full lineup which is a true compliment to our program.”
The Midshipmen will play their final home match of the season next Wednesday when they play host to 20th-ranked George Washington at 5:30 pm.
Trinity def. Navy, 9-0
1 - Karan Malik (T) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-4, 11-5, 11-8
2 - Vrishab Kotian (T) def. Mitch Bottini (N), 12-10, 11-5, 11-5
3 - Juan Vargas (T) def. Colin Barry (N), 11-5, 11-9, 11-3
4 - Elroy Leong (T) def. Hunter Beck (N), 7-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5
5 - Alfeeq Ismail (T) def. Bill Kacergis (N), 11-9, 11-5, 11-6
6 - Matthew Mackin (T) def. Reed Whitney (N), 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 11-9
7 - Zeyad Elshorafy (T) def. John Hsu (N), 11-0, 11-5, 11-4
8 - Moustafa Hamada (T) def. Randy Beck (N), 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5
9 - John Lamont (T) def. Will Walker (N), 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-1
### Go Navy ###