Navy Squash Makes First Road Trip Since Season Opener
After playing its last 12 matches at home, the Navy squash team will make its first road trip since opening the season the weekend of Nov. 3-4. Eight of the Mids' nine remaining regular-season matches will be played away from Annapolis beginning this weekend with four matches covering 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.
More on the Mids
Navy opened its season winning 10 of its first 11 matches, however, it has found itself in a rut over the last month. The Mids' competition level has exponentially risen as each of their last four matches have been against teams ranked in the top 11. Navy has played tough, close matches against the top teams, but is looking to get over the hump against top-10 competition.
Upon their return from the semester break, the Mids held challenge matches which shook up the lineup slightly.
1. Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.), 2. Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.), 3. Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.), 4. Owen Davis (Rydal, Pa.), 5. Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.), 6. Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.), 7. Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.), 8. Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.), 9. Greg Hyer (Tenafly, N.J.), 10-Exh. Alex Patricolo (Southampton, N.Y.)
Senior team captain Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.), freshman Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.) sit atop the wins leader board with each producing 12 wins. 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 60-30 career mark. Prior to the break Ubina (52-21) captured his 50th collegiate victory. He is just one win shy of joining Navy's all-time top 25 wins list after posting a 3-1 win over George Washington's Inaki de Larrauri Coral on Wednesday evening.
Sophomore Owen Davis (Rydal, Pa.) has turned in an 11-4 mark, while sophomore Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.), junior Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.) and senior Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.) have reached double-digit wins with 10 apiece. McCartney stands fourth all-time at Navy in winning percentage (78.4, 40-11) and is coming off a 3-0 sweep against Drexel's Noel Solomon on Saturday and a 3-1 win over GW's Juan Sebastian Laguna on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, junior Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.) needs just three more wins to join the 50-win club after picking up a 3-1 victory against GW's Billy Berner.
More on the Opponents
The Ephs enter Friday night's match with a 4-10 record. Winning just two of its first 12 matches, Williams has won back-to-back matches (Colby and Bowdoin).
This will be the 57th meeting between Navy and Williams in a series that dates back to 1952. The Mids own a 34-22 series advantage, including a 23-12 mark in matches played at Williams. The Ephs won 12 in a row against the Mids from November of 1993 to December of 2011, however, Navy has won three of the last four including the last two (5-4 at Williams in 2016 and 7-2 in Annapolis in 2017).
Dickinson has put together a 4-5 record to date, but will face Brown, Amherst and Wesleyan prior to facing the Mids at Amherst on Saturday. The Red Devils have won two in a row, defeating Hobart (8-1) and Tufts (7-2).
The Mids have won all six matches against Dickinson, including the inaugural meeting in 1961. The two teams played one another from 1961-64 before renewing the battle in 2014 and again in 2016. All six of the previously-played matches were contested in Annapolis.
Winners of their first four matches, the Bears have been swept in each of their last three matches - Yale, Middlebury, Brown. Amherst will face Dickinson and MIT on Friday before squaring off against the Midshipmen on Saturday afternoon.
The two programs will meet for the 41st time with Navy holding a 33-7 advantage including a 29-1 mark in matches played at Amherst. The two programs first met in 1950 with Navy earning a 6-3 win. Amherst won six in a row from 1993 to 2005, however, the Mids have won each of the last four, including back-to-back 8-1 decisions at Amherst in 2015 and 2016.
The nation's top-ranked team owns a 6-0 record to date, winning five of the six by 9-0 decisions. Only fourth-ranked Columbia has taken a game from the Bantams in what was a 6-3 victory by Trinity. The Bantams have won 15 straight matches overall and 32 consecutive matches at home. Trinity, the defending National Champion, will play host to #5 Penn on Saturday before welcoming the Mids for a Sunday noon match.
Trinity leads the all-time series against the Mids, 31-13, though the two programs have met just seven times at Trinity where the Bantams own a 4-3 lead. Navy dominated early in the series, winning the first 19 matches in a series that began in 1950. Trinity, however, has won nine in a row against the Mids with Navy's last win in the series a 6-3 victory on Jan. 31, 1992.
Navy will again be road-bound next weekend when it travels to the state of Connecticut to face #8 Yale on Saturday (3:00 pm) and #30 Wesleyan on Sunday (11:00 am).
### Go Navy ###