Oct. 14, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — It was a win-win for the Naval Academy and head squash coach Craig Dawson over the weekend, as the finals of the 2013 U.S. Intercollegiate Doubles Squash Championship pit two Naval Academy teams against one another. Senior Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and junior Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) paired up to claim the program’s first intercollegiate doubles championship Sunday afternoon at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.
For top-seeded Beck and McGuinness, this marked their third attempt to win an intercollegiate doubles title since first entering the competition in 2011. In its first year, the duo upset the defending champions in the first round, but fell short of reaching the final with a semifinal exit. In 2012, Beck and McGuinness lost in a four-game final to Princeton’s Taylor Tutrone & Todd Harrity.
This year in preparation for the tournament, the midshipmen traveled to Baltimore to play more than a dozen times on Meadow Mill Athletic Club’s doubles courts. The extra effort paid dividends for Beck and McGuinness as they scored a 3-0 (15-8, 15-7, 15-7) victory over the brother tandem of Jim and Bill Kacergis, a junior and sophomore at the Academy, respectively. Meanwhile, Beck and McGuinness sealed the weekend, having never dropped a game.
“Our players did a lot of work on their own; practicing during summer leave, taking weekends to play in Philadelphia and participating in a tournament in Baltimore,” said Dawson. “Their extra effort paid off with great results. I believe our players’ desire and ability to play as a team made the difference. I’m proud of the effort made by all of our teams that played this weekend.”
Junior Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) and freshman Randy Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) lost a 3-2 heart breaker in the semifinals of the consolation bracket in what was the first appearance for the two players as teammates. Beck, the younger brother of Navy’s Hunter Beck, came into the tournament as the reigning Under 19 Juniors Champion, a title previously held by McGuinness.
Finally, the mixed doubles entry of McGuinness and Allison Murray fell short in the semifinals with a 2-1 loss.
Next up for the Midshipmen is their annual Barb Tournament which sets their ladder and is scheduled for the week of Oct. 21.
### Go Navy ###