Jan. 26, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 15th-ranked Navy squash team split its two matches played at Yale over the weekend, defeating Connecticut College, 9-0, in the opener on Friday evening before dropping a 9-0 decision to fourth-ranked Yale on Saturday morning.
“We played a very strong match against Connecticut College,” said 13th-year Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “I really liked the way we played.
“On Saturday we played well in some individual games, but by the end of the match we were just overpowered by a talented Yale squad.”
Navy senior John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) became the newest member of the Mids’ 20-win club when he earned a hard-fought 13-11, 12-10, 11-5 win over Connecticut College senior Asa Welty at the No. 6 slot. Richey is now 20-7 on the year and 88-30 over his career.
Meanwhile, sophomore Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) found himself back in the win column after struggling since moving down from the No. 1 position to the 2 spot. Kacergis picked up an 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 victory over Brian Mullen to push his season record to 17-9.
The rookie tandem of Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) at No. 7 and Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y. at No. 8 continued to roll as each of them posted their team-best 24th wins of the season. Kacergis dealt Connecticut College sophomore Michael Coscarelli an 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 loss, while Bottini earned an 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 win against fellow newcomer Santiago Moran.
While the Mids dropped all nine individual matches to Yale, there were some solid performances. Navy sophomore Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.), coming off a 3-0 sweep against Connecticut College’s Caleb Garza, won his first game against All-American Kenneth Chan, however, Chan came back to take the match in four games.
Senior Cotter Walker (Orlando, Fla.) dropped the opening game against Yale freshman Pehlaaj Bajwa, 11-6, but came back to even the match with a 13-11 win in the second. Bajwa would just edge Walker with a 13-11 win in the third and a 12-10 victory in the fourth to take the match.
Meanwhile, both Bill Kacergis and Bottini pushed their Yale opponents to four games.
The Mids will need a short memory as they prepare to face a dangerous Wesleyan squad Sunday morning at 10:00 am.
Navy def. Connecticut College, 9-0
1 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Caleb Garza (CC), 11-5, 14-12, 11-9
2 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Brian Mullen (CC), 11-2, 11-4, 11-3
3 - Hunter Bouchard (N) def. Ben Thaler (CC), 11-8, 11-4, 11-5
4 - Hunter Beck (N) def. John Sluder (CC), 11-5, 11-6, 11-5
5 - Colin Barry (N) def. Hunter Bolling (CC), 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7
6 - John Richey (N) def. Asa Welty (CC), 13-11, 12-10, 11-5
7 - Bill Kacergis (N) def. Michael Coscarelli (CC), 11-4, 11-8, 11-7
8 - Mitch Bottini (N) def. Santiago Moran (CC), 11-9, 11-6, 11-4
9 - Cotter Walker (N) def. Niccolo Premutico (CC), 11-6, 11-5, 11-0
Yale def. Navy, 9-0
1 - Kenneth Chan (Y) def. Andrew McGuinness (N), 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6
2 - Hywel Robinson (Y) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
3 - Richard Dodd (Y) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
4 - Neil Martin (Y) def. Hunter Beck (N), 11-5, 11-8, 11-2
5 - Sam Fenwick (Y) def. Colin Barry (N), 11-2, 11-2, 11-8
6 - Eric Caine (Y) def. John Richey (N), 12-10, 11-4, 12-10
7 - Charlie Wyatt (Y) def. Bill Kacergis (N), 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8
8 - Joseph Roberts (Y) def. Mitch Bottini (N), 10-12, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5
9 - Pehlaaj Bajwa (Y) def. Cotter Walker (N), 11-6, 11-13, 13-11, 12-10
### Go Navy ###