March 3, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. — Navy freshmen squash players Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) and Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) both won opening-round matches at the College Squash Association Individual Championship on Friday, but Abrams came up with a huge five-game victory in the second round consolation bracket to advance to Sunday’s consolation semifinals.
Abrams, the Mids’ No. 2 player on the ladder, opened the competition with a three-game sweep over Tufts’ Zachary Schweitzer. However, Abrams was dealt a 3-1 loss in the round to 32 by Yale’s Neil Martin, dropping him to the second round consolation bracket.
On Saturday Abrams advanced via a default, as Drexel’s Justin Singh bowed out of the tournament, setting up a challenging match for Abrams against Trinity junior Juan Flores. In what would be a five-game thriller, Abrams pulled out the win in dramatic fashion. Abrams dropped the opening game, 13-11, before coming back with consecutive 11-9 wins. Flores, though, tied up the match in the fourth with an 11-7 victory. Flores owned match point with a 10-8 lead in the fifth when Abrams rallied back, winning the next four points to earn a 12-10 win in the fifth to take the match.
“I am very happy for Hunter and proud of the way he fought in his match against the Trinity player this afternoon,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “It was a close match throughout and Hunter played with a lot of confidence. He was fearless in that last game.”
Abrams will face Wesleyan’s John Steele in Sunday’s consolation semifinals beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the Davenport Squash Center.
The Mids’ No. 1 player, McGuinness played a solid tournament, gracefully losing in the round of 16 to Penn’s Dan Greenberg in three games. The Navy rookie opened the tournament on Friday with a 3-0 win over Hamilton’s Cooper Veysey and went on to win the nightcap against Yale’s Robert Berner in five games. McGuinness won the first two games, including an exciting 12-10 victory in the second, but Berner battled his way back into the match with back-to-back wins to force a fifth game. McGuinness would win the duel, however, scoring an 11-5 victory in the fifth to take the match.
“Both Andrew and Hunter have represented the program and the Naval Academy well this weekend and I could not be more proud.”
March 2-4, 2012 • CSA Individual Championship, Amherst, Mass.
Hunter Abrams (Molloy Division)
Round of 64 - def. Zachary Schweitzer (Tufts), 11-4, 11-7, 11-2
Round of 32 - lost to Neil Martin (Yale), 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8
Second Round Consolation - def. Justin Singh (Drexel), Default
Consolation Quarterfinals - def. Juan Flores (Trinity), 11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10
Consolation Semifinals - John Steele (Wesleyan), Sunday at 9:45 am
Andrew McGuinness (Molloy Division)
Round of 64 - def. Cooper Veysey (Hamilton), 11-7, 11-6, 11-5
Round of 32 - def. Robert Berner (Yale), 11-4, 12-10, 7-11, 4-11, 11-5
Round of 16 - lost to Dan Greenberg (Penn), 12-10, 11-9, 11-6
### Go Navy ###