Navy Squash Heads to Nation's Capital
Jan. 15, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 16th-ranked Navy squash teams returns to action on Wednesday when it makes the trip to Washington D.C. to battle No. 15 George Washington at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Midshipmen, who own a 21-4 record, are coming off mixed results from last week as they scored a 5-4 upset over No. 11 Western Ontario last Wednesday in Annapolis, before splitting with Fordham and No. 9 Columbia over the weekend. Navy posted a 9-0 sweep over the Rams on Saturday before Columbia dealt the Mids an 8-1 loss in competitive match that saw four of the nine matches reach five games and three end in four games.
Navy’s freshman tandem of Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) and Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) leads the way as both players have produced a 22-2 record. Bottini has settled in at the No. 8 slot where he came up with a big win over Western Ontario a week ago. Meanwhile, Kacergis was won three straight at the No. 7 position, including the Mids’ lone win over Columbia last Sunday.
The Mids’ No. 3 player is Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) who has saved his best squash for his senior year. Boasting a 20-2 record, he has won two huge matches in two of his last three outings, taking down Drexel’s Mike Dolente and Western Ontario’s Adrian Ostbye in five-game decisions. Against Ostbye, Bouchard was down two game to none, rallying his way back and turning the momentum in the Mids’ favor by evening the team score.
Meanwhile, both senior John Richey (West Harford, Conn.) and sophomore Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) are just one win shy of the 20-win milestone for the season.
Bouchard, meanwhile, owns an 86-28 (.754) career record and is ranked sixth in wins under head coach Craig Dawson, while Richey stands fifth on the list with an 87-28 (.757) career mark.
George Washington enters Wednesday night’s match with a 7-2 record which includes a 5-4 victory over 13th-ranked Penn. The Colonials’ two losses came against 14th-ranked Bates, 5-4, and No. 2 Trinity, 8-1.
Freshman Reid Breck leads the Colonials with a 9-0 individual record this season, including a victory over the 39th-best player in the CSA, Mathew Mackin of No. 3 Trinity. Classmate James Reiss is 8-1 in his debut season and was named the Harrow Sports CSA Player of the Week on Nov. 26 after helping the Colonials to their upset of Penn.
### Go Navy ###