Dec. 6, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — For a second-straight day, the 15th-ranked Navy squash team (9-2) was just a handful of points from pulling an upset. The 10th-ranked Dartmouth Big Green dealt the Mids just their second loss of the season, a 5-4 decision at Halsey Field House International Squash Courts Friday afternoon in Annapolis.
“This was a heartbreaker,” said Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “We are really just one or two individual matches away from clicking and winning at the top is key for how good we can be.”
The Mids opened up a 3-1 lead in the match, taking wins at the No. 2, 4 and 8 spots. Junior John Hsu (Jackson Heights, N.Y.), playing the No. 8 slot, bounced back from a tough loss Thursday evening to capture a 3-2 win over Dartmouth junior Bayard Kuensell. Hsu found himself down 2-1, but scored back-to-back wins (11-5, 11-6) to take the match and improve to 9-2 on the year.
Meanwhile, junior Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and sophomore Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) continued to roll as the duo heads into the holiday break owning 11-0 records. Kacergis opened up with an 11-4 win over Nicholas Harrington at the No. 2 position before Harrington evened the match in the second with an 11-4 win. The veteran Navy player, however, won the next two, 11-8 and 13-11, to win the match.
Bottini dominated Dartmouth sophomore Kyle Martino, earning a 3-0 victory to push his career record to 38-6.
The Big Green quickly regrouped and won the next four matches, including the No. 5 battle between Dartmouth junior Michael Mistras and Navy freshman Reed Whitney (Ladue, Mo.) that would ultimately clinch the match for the Big Green. Whitney took a 2-1 lead in the match, but Mistras clawed his way back in with an 11-9 game-four victory. Mistras would claim the match in the fifth by way of an 11-7 win.
Navy claimed the final bout of the afternoon with former high school teammates at Episcopal Academy battling at the No. 1 spot. Navy junior Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) struck first with an 11-7 win, but sophomore Alexander Greer of Dartmouth knotted the match with a 12-10 win in the second. McGuinness took a 2-1 lead with a 12-10 victory in the third, but Greer forced a fifth game after picking up an 11-8 win in the fourth. The hard-fought match would be taken by McGuinness, his second straight five-game victory in as many days, as he took game five, 11-9.
“We are halfway through the season and getting ready to enter our exam period, but the team will continue to work on its game through the holidays and will be back to take on the nation’s best at the beginning of January.”
Navy returns to the court following the holiday break on Jan. 8 when it faces defending National Champion Trinity.
Dartmouth def. Navy, 5-4
1 - Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Alexander Greer (D), 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9
2 - Jim Kacergis (N) def. Nicholas Harrington (D), 11-4, 4-11, 11-8, 13-11
3 - Chris Jung (D) def. Colin Barry (N), 8-11, 11-8 11-7, 11-8
4 - Mitch Bottini (N) def. Kyle Martino (D), 11-7, 11-5, 11-3
5 - Michael Mistras (D) def. Reed Whitney (N), 6-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7
6 - James Fisch (D) def. Hunter Beck (N), 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-1
7 - Fletcher Pease (D) def. Bill Kacergis (N), 11-6, 11-7, 11-4
8 - John Hsu (N) def. Bayard Kuensell (D), 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6
9 - Mark Funk (D) def. Randy Beck (N), 10-12, 11-9, 11-1, 11-9
### Go Navy ###