Penn Edges Navy, 5-4, in Squash Action
Dec. 7, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The ninth-ranked Penn squash team won the final three matches of the night to come from behind and score a 5-4 victory over the 15th-ranked Midshipmen Wednesday evening at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts.
Navy took a 4-2 advantage in the match, winning the No. 6-9 slots on the ladder. Rookie Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) put the Mids on the scoreboard first by way of an 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 sweep over Penn freshman Jack Maine at the No. 9 position. Moving back into the lineup Wednesday night at the No. 9 slot, junior David Koenig (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up a convincing 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 victory over the Quaker’s Hunter Schlacks.
Penn’s John Dudzik put up a fight against Navy junior John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) at the No. 6 position, pushing the match to four games after scoring an 11-3 win in the third. Richey, however, fought his way to the final point in the fourth, earning a 12-10 win in the fourth to take the match, 3-1.
Meanwhile, junior Billy Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) ran his winning streak to five in a row, posting a 3-0 win over Penn sophomore Justin Ang at the No. 7 slot.
Penn took its first win at the No. 2 spot where senior Trevor McGuinness dealt Navy junior Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) a 3-1 loss. McGuinness, whose younger brother Andrew is the Mids’ No. 1 player, went up 2-0 in the match before Bouchard came charging back and took game three, 11-9. McGuinness, however, proved to much and sealed the win in the fourth with an 11-5 victory.
Meanwhile, Navy nearly got its fifth win at the No. 4 position, as rookie Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) faced Penn sophomore Dan Judd. Barry opened up with a 14-12 victory before Judd evened the match with an 11-4 win in the second. Barry again to the lead in the match behind an 11-7 win in the third, but Judd kept fighting his way back. Barry owned two match points in the fourth game before Judd whittled his way back into the match and eventually took the game, 14-12. The fifth game was another battle with Judd coming out on top, 11-8.
Navy senior captain John Tracey (Owings Mills, Md.) dropped a 3-0 decision to the Quakers’ Derek Chilvers at No. 5 with two matches remaining.
Freshman Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) fell behind in his match against Penn senior Thomas Mattsson, but came back to knot the match at one game apiece with an 11-9 game-two victory. Mattsson went on to win the match after stringing together 11-7 and 11-3 wins.
With the team scoring deadlocked at four wins apiece, it came down to the No. 3 spot where Navy freshman Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) faced Penn junior Dan Greenberg. Kacergis drew first blood, taking an 11-9 win in the opening game. Greenberg, however, found his stroke in the second and managed to rip off back-to-back wins, 11-3 and 11-7, forcing Kacergis to regroup. The Navy rookie did just that and with the help of a spirited crowd, he evened the match at two wins each with an 11-8 win in the fourth. It wasn’t to be, however, for Kacergis, as Greenberg took the fifth and deciding game, 11-2, to give the Quakers the 5-4 team victory.
“I thought we gave a tremendous effort tonight,” said 12th-year Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “We are right on the cusp of getting things to turn our way. I think if we can just get one of these tough matches to spin our direction, it will give us a huge confidence boost. I like what I’m seeing, we just need to keep practicing and believing in ourselves.
“I’d also like to extend a thank you to the 10th Company for their support of the team over the last few home matches. It has certainly been helpful in the tight matches for our players to hear their peers cheer them on.”
Navy, who is now 12-4 on the year, has dropped four-straight matches to higher-ranked teams, including three in a row by 5-4 decisions. The Mids will have the next month off to concentrate on finals and enjoy the holidays before returning to the courts the weekend of Jan. 6-7 when they play Bowdoin, Colby and Bates on the road.
Penn def. Navy, 5-4
1 - Thomas Mattsson (P) def. Andrew McGuinness (N), 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3
2 - Trevor McGuinness (P) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5
3 - Dan Greenberg (P) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2
4 - Dan Judd (P) def. Colin Barry (N), 12-14, 11-4, 7-11, 14-12, 11-8
5 - Derek Chilvers (P) def. John Tracey (N), 11-7, 11-5, 11-6
6 John Richey (N) def. John Dudzik (P), 11-9, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10
7 - Billy Abrams (N) def. Justin Ang (P), 11-1, 12-10, 11-5
8 - Hunter Abrams (N) def. Jack Maine (P), 11-3, 11-4, 11-6
9 - David Koenig (P) def. Hunter Schlacks (P), 11-4, 11-4, 11-4
### Go Navy ###