Jan. 15, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 14th-ranked Navy squash team not only snapped a three-game losing streak, but the Mids also sent team captain senior Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) out on a winning note as the Mids dismantled 20th-ranked George Washington, 9-0, in what was Navy’s final home. With the win, Navy improved to 10-3 on the year and 22-0 all-time against the Colonials.
“We played well tonight and I think our conditioning, in particular, paid dividends for us,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson, who is in his 13th season. “I’d like take the opportunity to thank the midshipmen for their support throughout the season and tonight the first company came out and gave us a boost.”
The Midshipmen had things on cruise control throughout the majority of the match, winning seven of the nine matches by 3-0 scores. Among those wins was an 11-9, 11-6, 11-2 victory by freshman Will Walker (Scarborough, N.Y.) at the No. 9 position. For Walker, it was his first collegiate win after making his debut last week against Trinity.
Meanwhile, after missing last week’s match against Trinity due to injury, junior Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) returned to the lineup at the No. 2 spot where he took down George Washington rookie Nico Valderrama, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5.
Beck, junior Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) all got back on the winning track Wednesday night after losing their previous three matches. Beck picked up an 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 win over Jared Marks at No. 5, while Kacergis notched an 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 win over David Moxley.
Barry was one of two Mids who would need all five games to post the victory. After winning the first two games against Reid Breck, 11-8 and 11-3, Breck edged out Barry in the third, 13-11. He went on to knot the match at 2-2 when he posted an 11-7 win in the fourth. Barry, though, would finish things off in the fifth with an 11-4 victory.
In the final match of the evening, No. 1 Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) battled George Washington freshman Andres de Frutos. In a spirited match, de Frutos won the first two games, 11-6 and 11-9, before Kacergis, who has just one blemish on his record this season, mounted his comeback. Kacergis scoreched de Frutos 11-3 in the third and managed to take the fourth by an 11-9 count. Winning his team-high tying 12th match of the year, Kacergis earned the victory with an 11-5 win in the fifth.
The Midshipmen will be back in action next weekend when they travel to New Haven, Conn. where they will face Middlebury (1/24), Bates (1/25), Yale (1/25) and Colby (1/26)..
Navy def. George Washington, 9-0
1 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Andres de Frutos (GW), 6-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5
2 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Nico Valderrama (GW), 11-8, 11-9, 11-5
3 - Mitch Bottini (N) def. James Reiss (GW), 11-8, 11-6, 11-3
4 - Colin Barry (N) def. Reid Breck (GW), 11-8, 11-3, 11-13, 7-11, 11-4
5 - Hunter Beck (N) def. Josh Marks (GW), 11-7, 12-10, 11-7
6 - Bill Kacergis (N) def. David Moxley (GW), 11-6, 11-5, 11-2
7 - Reed Whitney (N) def. CJ Bell (GW), 11-4, 11-5, 11-0
8 - John Hsu (N) def. Charles Norfleet (GW), 11-6, 11-2, 11-0
9 - Will Walker (N) def. Will O’Donnell (GW), 11-9, 11-6, 11-2
### Go Navy ###