Feb. 22, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Navy senior captain John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) became just the third squash player under head coach Craig Dawson to win 90 matches, however it would not be enough to propel the Mids to victory in the opening round of the College Squash Association Team Championship held Friday on the campus of Yale University. Eleventh-ranked Columbia defeated Navy for the second time this season by scoring a 6-3 victory over the Mids.
Richey scored his 90th victory by posting an 11-4, 8-10, 12-10, 11-5 victory over Columbia’s Andrew Tan at the No. 7 position. He now stands alongside former Navy greats Allan Lutz who won 99 matches from 2007-11 and All-American Nils Mattsson who produced a 92-32 record from 2006-10.
Rookie Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) earned his second win over Columbia in as many matches. He posted Navy’s lone win over the Lions in the dual meeting between the two programs earlier this season by defeating Alec Goldberg, 10-12, 5-11, 13-11, 13-11, 11-7. On Friday, he turned in an 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7 victory over sophomore Kyul Rhee at the No. 6 slot to earn his team-best 26th victory of the season. The 26 wins are tied as the third most by a Navy player during Dawson’s tenure and the most since Lutz finished the 2010-11 campaign with a 26-10 mark.
After dropping a five-game heart-breaker to Kyul Rhee earlier this season, sophomore Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) cruised to a 3-0 win over sophomore Daniel Saleem at the No. 5 position.
The match, which lasted better than three-and-a-half hours, featured seven extended-game bouts including three decided in five games. Navy dropped all three of the five-game matches, including the No. 8 spot where newcomer Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) held a 2-1 advantage over junior Alec Goldberg before falling in the final two games. It was just the sixth loss by Bottini this season.
Sophomore Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and junior Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) also lost five-game decisions at the No. 2 and 3 positions, respectively. Beck dropped a five-gamer to Columbia’s Graham Miao (9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 4-11, 11-8) earlier this season, while Mohammed AbdelMaksoud bested Kacergis in the first meeting by four games and five in Friday’s Championship match.
The Mids will have little time to dwell on the loss as they will face 15th-seeded Bates Saturday at 9:00 am. Bates, who fell short of its upset bid Friday against 10th-seeded Williams by a 6-3 score, nipped the Mids, 5-4, in Annapolis in mid-November.
CSA Team Championship, Day 1
No. 11 Columbia def. No. 14 Navy, 6-3
1 - Ramit Tandon (C) def. Andrew McGuinness (N), 11-3, 11-5, 11-4
2 - Mohamed AbdelMaksoud (C) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-9, 11-13, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7
3 - Tony Zou (C) def. Hunter Beck (N), 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9
4 - Graham Miao (C) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8
5 - Colin Barry (N) def. Daniel Saleem (C), 11-7, 11-3, 11-5
6 - Bill Kacergis (N) def. Kyul Rhee (C), 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7
7 - John Richey (N) def. Andrew Tan (C), 11-4, 8-10, 12-10, 11-5
8 - Alec Goldberg (C) def. Mitch Bottini (N), 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5
9 - Alex Nalle (C) def. Cotter Walker (N), 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5
### Go Navy ###