Feb. 18, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. --The 11th-seeded Navy squash team rebounded from its loss on Friday to 14th-seeded Columbia in the opening round of the College Squash Association, defeating 15th-seeded Brown, 8-1, on Saturday morning.
Navy has traditionally had trouble with its matchup against Brown, trailing 8-6 in the series. In fact, the Bears had beaten the Mids in eight of the last nine matches heading into Saturday contest. Navy, though, had little trouble in picking up their 22nd win of the season and advancing in the tournament.
"I was proud of how we bounced back from yesterday's win," said 12th-year Navy head coach Craig Dawson. "We won the matches we needed to win, including the close matches down the stretch."
Navy's Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) scored his first-career win in the CSA Team Championship by way of a 3-1 victory over Brown's Bradbury Thompson at the No. 1 slot. McGuinness opened up a 2-0 lead before Thompson pushed the match to four games with a game three win. McGuinness sealed the win in the fourth with an 11-8 victory.
Rookies Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) picked up wins at the No. 3 and 5 positions, respectively. Kacergis dropped the opening game of his match against Chris Holter, 11-5, but went on to win the next three to take the match. Barry won his opening game 11-6, but Eamon O'Connor knotted the match with an 11-9 win in the second. Barry outlasted his foe in the third, 14-12, and took game four, 11-5, to win the match.
Junior Billy Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) earned his second win of the tournament with a three-game sweep over Alexander Hsu at the No. 6 slot. Abrams is now 6-2 over his three-year career in matches played at the team championship. That is also true for junior Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.), who, like Abrams, turned in his second win of the weekend. Bouchard dealt William Bryan a 3-1 loss Saturday.
Senior John Tracey (Owings Mills, Md.) won his first-career CSA Team Championship match in a hard-fought battle against John Eric Oberbeck at the No. 7 position. Tracey opened up with an 11-9 win, but Oberbeck pulled even with a 12-10 win in the second. Tracey pulled ahead following a 13-11 win in the third and then took the match with an 11-8 victory in the fourth.
Junior John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) and sophomore Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) took 3-0 wins at the No. 8 and 9 spots, respectively.
Navy's lone setback of the day was at the No. 2 position where Brown's Blake Reinson dealt Navy rookie Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) a 3-1 setback.
The Mids will battle 13th-seeded Middlebury Sunday at 11:30 am to decide the 13-14 match. Middleburty narrowly defeated Navy during the regular season, 5-4.
Navy def. Brown, 8-1
1 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Bradbury Thompson (B), 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8
2 - Blake Reinson (B) def. Hunter Abrams (N), 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5
3 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Chris Holter (B), 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8
4 - Hunter Bouchard (N) def. William Bryan (B), 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4
5 - Colin Barry (N) def. Eamon O'Connor (B), 11-6, 9-11, 14-12, 11-5
6 - Billy Abrams (N) def. Alexander Hsu (B), 11-6, 11-8, 11-8
7 - John Tracey (N) def. John Eric Oberbeck (B), 11-9, 10-12, 13-11, 11-8
8 - John Richey (N) def. Philip Holberton (B), 12-10, 11-7, 11-8
9 - Hunter Beck (N) def. Charles Lebovitz (B), 12-10, 11-9, 11-9
### Go Navy ###