Jan. 28, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Coaches take little comfort in moral victories, however, in the case of the 13th-ranked Navy squash team, it’s been more than a quarter of a century since it has defeated Yale. On Saturday, the Mids dropped a 7-2 decision against the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs in Annapolis, but it marked the first time in 18 years that the program has been able to win two individual matches against Yale. In fact, Navy came into the bout having won a combined three individual matches against Yale in the last 14 meetings.
“I’m extremely proud of our effort today,” said Navy 12th-year head coach Craig Dawson. “Our guys played their game and didn’t allow Yale to change how they normally script their performance. We can’t be satisfied with getting two wins against Yale, though. We need to keep striving for more out of each player. I do think that if we keep playing the way we did today that we have a good future in front of us.”
Using the three-court system, the first three matches of the day were at 3,6 and 9. Yale took the early advantage when senior Ryan Dowd dealt the Mids’ Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) a 3-0 loss. It was the Navy freshman’s first loss in the last eight outings.
Navy, though, came fighting back when junior Billy Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) scored a convincing 3-0 victory over Yale sophomore Neil Martin at No. 6. The two played a marathon game to open the match with Abrams taking an 18-16 victory. Abrams had match point at 10-8, but lost the next three points to trail, 11-10. From there it was a see-saw affair that saw Martin take four game points before Abrams was able to turn the game in his favor. With Martin up 16-15, Abrams scored the final three points to take game one. He went on to close out the bout, 11-7 and 11-6.
Yale took a 2-1 advantage after sophomore Eric Caine fought back from a 2-1 deficit against Navy second-year standout Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) to win in a five-game match at No. 9. Beck won the opening game, 11-8, before Caine evened the score with a 12-10 game two win. Beck took the lead again with an 11-6 game three win. Caine, however, would outlast Beck by taking games four and five, 11-9 and 11-4, respectively.
The Mids tied the match again when Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) was awarded a victory at the No. 2 slot. After taking an 11-7 win in the opening game, Yale All-American Hywel Robinson was forced to bow out of the match with a 7-5 lead in the second after injuring his left toe. For Abrams, it was his 13th-consecutive victory.
The Bulldogs went on to win the remaining five matches, however, three of the five were decided in four games. Team captain John Tracey (Owings Mills, Md.) found himself in a 2-0 deficit against Yale senior Robert Berner at the No. 7 spot, but came back to win game three, 11-8. Berner secured the win in the fourth by way of an 11-2 win.
Meanwhile, after dropping the opening game of the No. 4 match, 18-16, junior Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) came back to square up the match with an 11-8 win in the second against Yale’s John Roberts. Roberts, however, took the match after scoring 11-4 and 11-6 wins in the third and fourth, respectively.
The Mids return to action next Saturday when they travel to Geneva, N.Y. to battle Hobart at 10:00 am and ninth-ranked Western Ontario at 2:00 pm
Yale def. Navy, 7-2
1 - Kenneth Chan (Y) def. Andrew McGuinness (N), 11-5, 11-8, 13-11
2 - Hunter Abrams (N) def. Hywel Robinson (Y), 11-7, 5-7 forfeit (injury)
3 - Richard Dodd (Y) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-7, 11-7, 11-9
4 - John Roberts (Y) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 18-16, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6
5 - Ryan Dowd (Y) def. Colin Barry (N), 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
6 - Billy Abrams (N) def. Neil Martin (Y), 18-16, 11-7, 11-6
7 - Robert Berner (Y) def. John Tracey (N), 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2
8 - Samuel Clayman (Y) def. John Richey (N), 11-1, 11-4, 11-6
9 - Eric Caine (Y) def. Hunter Beck (N), 8-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-4
### Go Navy ###