#11 George Washington Earns Road Win Over 13th-Ranked Mids
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 13th-ranked Navy squash team (10-5) dropped just its fourth match in series history to George Washington on Wednesday evening at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts where the 11th-ranked Colonials (7-4) posted a 6-3 victory over the Midshipmen. Navy, who opened the season winning 10 of its first 11 matches, has dropped each of its last four contests and all to teams ranked among the top 11.
George Washington raced out to an early 2-0 lead with wins at the No. 6 (3-0) and No. 9 (3-0) positions. The Colonials extended their lead to 3-0 following one of the best matches of the evening between two freshmen, Navy’s Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.) and GW’s Mohammad Alterki, at the No. 3 spot. The match lasted the better part of an hour-and-a-half and four of the five games were decided by the required two-point differential. Lents took games one (16-14) and four (12-10), while Alterki’s wins were sandwiched in between at two (11-8) and three (13-11). GW went on to take the fifth game by an 11-9 count.
Navy regrouped and got on the scoreboard when junior Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.) used a strong performance in the fifth game of his No. 5 match against GW rookie Inaki de Laurrauri Coral. After losing the opening game, 11-9, Ubina ralled to take a 2-1 advantage. de Laurrari Coral, however, pushed the match to a fifth game after taking game four, 12-10. Ubina, who missed last Saturday’s match against Drexel, dominated his foe in the fifth, 11-3, to win the match.
The Mids got to within a match of GW when senior Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.) picked up a 3-1 victory over sophomore Juan Sebastian Laguna. McCartney, who came into the match with the fourth-best winning percentage under head coach Craig Dawson’s 18 years as a head coach at Navy, has won his last two matches and improved to 10-3 on the year.
The Colonials went on to seal their victory by winning three of the final four matches. Navy junior Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.) managed the Mids’ lone remaining victory, picking up a 3-1 win against GW senior Billy Berner.
The Midshipmen have a busy weekend ahead of them with four road matches over three days and two states. Navy kicks the weekend off with a Friday early evening (5:00 pm) match at #21 Williams College before traveling to Amherst, Mass. on Saturday for matches against #17 Dickinson (8:00 am) and #24 Amherst (2:00 pm). The Mids close out the weekend with a 12-noon meeting against top-ranked Trinity on Sunday in Connecticut.
George Washington def. Navy, 6-3
1 - Moudy Abdel-Maksoud (GW) def. Jack Herold (N), 15-13, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8
2 - Oisin Logan (GW) def. Michael Kacergis (N), 14-12, 11-6, 11-5
3 - Mohammad Alterki (GW) def. Jack Lentz (N), 14-16, 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9
4 - Salim Khan (GW) def. Owen Davis (N), 11-8, 14-12, 11-3
5 - Senen Ubina (N) def. Inaki de Laurrauri Coral (GW), 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-3
6 - Julian Jervis (GW) def. Dylan Sweeney (N), 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
7 - Jamie Kjorlien (N) def. Billy Berner (GW), 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8
8 - Sam McCartney (N) def. Juan Sebastian Laguna (GW), 11-6, 11-5, 11-13, 13-11
9 - Zane Jeka (GW) def. Greg Hyer (N), 4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
### Go Navy ###