Navy Suffers First Setback of Season
Nov. 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A 3-2 come-from-behind win by Bates senior R.J. Keating at the No. 3 slot helped propel the 15th-ranked Bates squash team to a 5-4 victory over No. 13 Navy on Sunday morning at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts. The Bates win also snapped the Mids’ 15-match winning streak, as Navy dropped its first match of the 2012-13 campaign.
Navy took wins at the No. 2, 4, 7 and 9 spots on the ladder, including wins by a pair of freshmen. Newcomer Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) remain unbeaten this season as Kacergis swept Bates rookie Caran Arora, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 and Bottini captured an 11-1, 11-6, 11-9 win over sophomore Jason Shrubb.
Sophomore Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) joins Kacergis and Bottini with 16-0 records this season, dealing Bates junior Kristian Muldoon an 11-6, 11-9, 11-2 loss on Sunday. Meanwhile, senior Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) produced a 14-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 win over senior Walter Cabot to improve to 14-0 on the year.
Three of Navy’s five losses were five-game heartbreakers, while a fourth went to four games. Senior captain John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) built a 2-0 advantage over Bates’ Filip Michalsky at the No. 6 position, however, Michalsky rallied to win the final three, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5. Navy sophomore Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) owned a 2-1 lead over Nabil Saleem, however, Saleem came back to win the final two, 11-9, 12-10.
With the match deadlocked at four wins apiece, all eyes were on Navy’s Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) and Bates’ R.J. Keating at the No. 3 slot. Keating took the opening game, 11-7, but Abrams took a 2-1 advantage after winning games two and three, 11-8 and 11-7, respectively. Keating evened the match in the fourth behind an 11-6 win and went on to take the bout 11-8 in the fifth.
“It was a well-played, hard-fought match between Navy and Bates today, and while we are disappointed we weren’t able to hang onto the win, we have some positives that came out of the match,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “We will get back on the court and work on some of our deficiencies so we will be better prepared when we face a similar situation in the future.”
The Mids will be back in action when they travel to the Northeast over the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1 to face Middlebury, Dartmouth, Tufts and MIT.
Bates def. Navy, 5-4
1 - Ahmed Abdel Khalek (B) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-2, 11-2, 11-3
2 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Kristian Muldoon (B), 11-6, 11-9, 11-2
3 - R.J. Keating (B) def. Hunter Abrams (N), 11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8
4 - Hunter Bouchard (N) def. Walter Cabot III (B) 14-12, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4
5 - Andy Cannon B) def. Hunter Beck (N), 11-5, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9
6 - Filip Michalsky (B) def. John Richey (N), 9-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5
7 - Bill Kacergis (N) def. Caran Arora (B), 11-6, 12-10, 11-8
8 - Nabil Saleem (B) def. Colin Barry (N), 13-15, 11-8, 2-11, 11-9, 12-10
9 - Mitch Bottini (N) def. Jason Shrubb (B), 11-1, 11-6, 11-9
### Go Navy ###