Feb. 16, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. — The 13th-seeded Navy squash team (15-8) earned a 5-4 victory over 14th-seeded Drexel at the College Squash Association Team Championship on Sunday morning to close out the season with a No. 15 national ranking.
“Ironically we started the season ranked 15th and today we finished the year ranked 15th,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “I was happy that we were able to end the year with a win. One of the highlights of today’s match was Hunter Beck, our lone senior, who was able to not only go out with a team win, but he won his individual match.
“While we lose Hunter, the remaining members of our team return next year. We have a talented group of freshmen coming in next year, so I’m optimistic about the future.”
The Midshipmen, who dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 12 Dartmouth on Friday and a 7-2 decision to No. 16 Bates on Saturday, bounced back in Sunday’s finale against a Drexel team who Navy faced early in the season. Ironically, the Mids edged the Dragons by an identical 5-4 score during the regular season.
Freshmen Randy Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and Will Walker (Scarborough, N.Y.) looked to use the confidence and momentum gained from wins on Saturday to help propel them against Drexel. Beck swept Drexel senior Ben Bevan, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9, to earn his second win of the weekend and finish the year 12-9. Walker, who stepped into the lineup on Saturday in relief of an injured Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.), fought his way to a five-set victory over Drexel junio Harshil Dakonia. Dakonia owned a 2-1 lead in the match, but Walker took the fourth set, 11-1, to knot the match. Walker dealt Dakonia an 11-9 loss in the fifth set to take the victory in what was just his fifth varsity appearance of the year.
Juniors Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) and Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) both picked up wins in the upper half of the ladder. McGuinness, who played the No. 2 position, scored an 11-7, 14-12, 11-9 victory over Drexel freshman Michael Thompson, while Barry cruised to a 3-0 win over No. 4 player Sebastian Dangond.
Finally, as previously mentioned, Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) earned a win in his final match in a Navy uniform. The Mids’ team captain posted an 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4 triumph over Drexel newcomer Noel Solomon. Beck closed out his career with a 66-34 record.
While the team portion of the squash schedule is complete, Navy will send at least one player to the College Squash Association Individual Championship played at Penn the weekend of Feb. 28-March 2.
Navy def. Drexel, 5-4
1 - Justin Singh (D) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10
2 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Michael Thompson (D), 11-7, 14-12, 11-9
3 - Mark Lindsay (D) def. Mitch Bottini (N), 5-11, 11-9, 13-11, 14-12
4 - Colin Barry (N) def. Sebastian Dangond (D), 11-6, 11-8, 11-0
5 - Hunter Beck (N) def. Noel Solomon (D), 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4
6 - Nat Fry (D) def. Reed Whitney (N), 11-5, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10
7 - Joey Gingold (D) def. John Hsu (N), 4-11, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10
8 - Randy Beck (N) def. Ben Bevan (D), 11-5, 11-4, 11-9
9 - Will Walker (N) def. Harshil Dakonia (D), 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-1, 11-9
### Go Navy ###