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13th-Ranked Squash Program Looks to Knock off Colonials

Junior Alex Patricolo
Jan. 16, 2018

Following a tough 8-1 loss to #9 Drexel on Saturday, the 13th-ranked Navy squash team (10-4) will look to regroup and have a healthy lineup in place when it plays host to the #11 Colonials of George Washington (6-4) on Wednesday evening in Annapolis.  Match time is slated for 5:30 pm at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts.  

Admission is free to all Navy squash matches.  A reminder to fans planning on attending the match, vehicular access to the Naval Academy is limited to those with a Department of Defense identification card.  It is suggested that fans park downtown and walk through the main gate.  Please note that a government issued identification card must be carried and presented at the gate.

More on the Mids
After winning 10 of its first 11 matches, Navy ended the first half of its season with back-to-back 7-2 losses to #5 Penn and #10 Dartmouth.  The Mids' tough luck continued on Saturday against Drexel, their first match since Dec. 2 against Dartmouth, that saw them stumble, 8-1.  Despite the final score, the match was competitive with seven of the Mids' eight losses extended to extra games including a pair of five-gamers.

Senior team captain Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.) sit atop the wins leader board with each posting a 12-2 record.  Lentz played the No. 2 spot on the ladder over the first half of the season, but settled in at No. 3 after the break, while Herold occupied the No. 3 slot but played a spectacular match at No. 1 against Drexel.  Herold is one of just 18 players in head coach Craig Dawson's 18 years to reach 60 victories and is tied with Tommy McNamara (2008-11) for 17th on the Mids' wins list with a 60-29 career mark.

Junior Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.) has recorded an 11-2 record this winter, while sophomore Owen Davis (Rydal, Pa.) has turned in an 11-3 mark.  Davis split time between the No. 7 (4-0) and 8 (7-2) spots in the early going, but took on the No. 4 position over the weekend where he dropped a five-game heartbreak.  Meanwhile, Ubina has manned the No. 4 position and is questionable for the GW match after missing the Drexel bout due to injury.  Prior to the break Ubina (51-21) captured his 50th collegiate victory and is just two wins from joining Navy's all-time top 25 wins list.

Sophomore Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and junior Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.) have produced 10-4 marks with Kacergis assuming the No. 2 spot on the ladder after playing the first half of the season at the top, while Sweeney has seen action at No. 5 (0-1), 6 (4-0) and 7 (6-3).  Like Ubina, Sweeney earned his 50th career win prior to the semester break and stands 50-18 all-time.

Meanwhile, junior Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.) needs four more wins to join the 50-win club.

Senior Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.) stands fourth all-time at Navy in winning percentage (78.0, 39-11) and is coming off a 3-0 sweep against Drexel's Noel Solomon.  He has turned in a 9-3 record this season, seeing action at No. 5 (2-0), 6 (6-3) and 7 (1-0).

More on George Washington
Led by longtime head coach Wendy Lawrence, the Colonials enter Wednesday night's match with a 6-4 record that included a pair of wins over the weekend against Bates (9-0) and Colby (8-1).  They also have wins over William & Mary (9-0), Bucknell (9-0), Virginia (6-3) and Dickinson (9-0).  Meanwhile, GW has lost matches to Trinity (9-0), Princeton (6-3) and Dartmouth (6-3).  Atop the leader board in wins this season are freshman Inaki de Larrauri Coral, sophomore Juan Sebastian Laguna and senior Oisin Logan who have all amassed 7-3 records.
 
The Series
Navy owns a 24-3 advantage over George Washington in a series that dates back to the 1994-95 season.  Navy won the first 23 matches in the series, however, the Colonials have won three of the last four against the Mids including two at the annual College Squash Association Team Championship. Navy scored a 5-4 victory over George Washington a year ago in Washington, D.C., winning the No. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 spots.  The Mids are 16-1 against the Colonials in matches played in Annapolis with their lone loss at home coming during the 2016 season.

Up Next
The Midshipmen have a busy weekend ahead of them with four road matches over three days and two states.  Navy kicks the weekend off with a Friday early evening (5:00 pm) match at #21 Williams College before traveling to Amherst, Mass. on Saturday for matches against #17 Dickinson (8:00 am) and #24 Amherst (2:00 pm).  The Mids close out the weekend with a 12-noon meeting against top-ranked Trinity on Sunday in Connecticut.

### Go Navy ###

 

 

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