Jan. 17, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A raucous crowd helped steer the 15th-ranked Navy squash team (19-4) to a 6-3 victory over No. 12 St. Lawrence (6-3) Tuesday evening at the Halsey International Squash Courts in Annapolis. The victory marked the Mids’ seventh-consecutive win of the season and the first of the year over a top-15 team, dropping tough 5-4 decisions to No. 9 Penn, No. 10 Williams and No. 14 Middlebury earlier in the season.
“This was a big win for our program and I’m incredibly proud of the effort our entire lineup gave tonight,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “I want to extend a thank you again to the 10th Company for their support.”
The middle of the lineup came up big for the Mids, taking wins at the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 spots, while bookend wins by Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) at No. 1 and Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) at No. 9 helped seal the victory.
Playing the even matches first, the team scoring was knotted at two wins apiece before making the turn to the odd matches. Freshman Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) scored his 12th-consecutive victory by dealing St. Lawrence freshman Sebastian Riedelsheimer a 3-1 loss at the No. 4 slot, while Abrams’ older brother, Billy, took a matching 3-1 victory over his foe, rookie Duncan Maxwell, at the No. 6 position.
Beck gave the Mids a 3-2 advantage in the match by dispatching team captain Michael Badali, 11-5, 11-7, 13-1.
With four matches to go, Navy needed to win two to take the victory.
Navy senior captain John Tracey (Owings Mills, Md.) fought his way back from a 2-0 deficit against St. Lawrence sophomore Will Campo to tie the match up at two-all thanks to a pair of 11-8 victories in the third and four games. Campo, however, would even the team score at three wins each after dealing Tracey an 11-7 loss in the fifth.
St. Lawrence sophomore Vir Seth opened his match against McGuinness with an 11-7 victory, however, the Navy rookie regrouped and tied the match with an 11-8 win in the second. McGuinness went on to win the next two, 11-8 and 11-9, to take the win and put the Mids back on top, 4-3.
The Mids clinched the team victory with a win at the No. 3 spot with freshman Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) edging fellow rookie Ibrahim Khan of St. Lawrence, 3-1. In the opening game, Kacergis found himself down 7-2 before rallying to get within one at 7-6. Khan won the next two points to lead 9-6 before Kacergis scored the final five points to win the opening game, 11-9. Meanwhile, in the second game, Kacergis held a 9-7 advantage, but came up short as Khan tied the match at one apiece behind a 12-10 win. Kacergis went on to win the match with wins in the third (11-5) and fourth (11-8).
Meanwhile, Navy freshman Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) was pushed to the limit, but came up with a hard-fought 3-2 win over frosh Chris Fernandez. Barry won the opener, 11-7, before trading victories with Fernandez, forcing a game five. That game went down to the wire, as Barry came from behind to take the deciding game, 13-11.
The Mids will get a much-needed break for the next 10 days before meeting up with No. 2 Yale on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Annapolis in what will be Navy’s final home match of the 2011-12 campaign. Action is scheduled for 10:00 am.
Navy def. St. Lawrence, 6-3
1 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Vir Seth (SL), 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
2 - Kyle Ogilvy (SL) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 5-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7
3 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Ibrahim Khan (SL), 11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8
4 - Hunter Abrams (N) def. Sebastian Riedelsheimer (SL), 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9
5 - Colin Barry (N) def. Chris Fernandez (SL), 11-7, 2-11, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11
6 - Billy Abrams (N) def. Duncan Maxwell (SL), 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3
7 - Will Campo (SL) def. John Tracey (N), 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7
8 - Amay Merchant (SL) def. John Richey (N), 11-4, 11-9, 11-8
9 - Hunter Beck (N) def. Michael Badli (SL), 11-5, 11-7, 13-11
### Go Navy ###