Jan. 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Returning to the courts this weekend, the 15th-ranked Navy squash team will travel to the state of Connecticut where it will face a trio of opponents, including fourth-ranked Yale. The Mids battle No. 26 Connecticut College (7-10) on Friday at 6:00 pm on the campus of Yale University before meeting the host Bulldogs (7-0) on Saturday at 12:00 pm. Navy closes out the weekend on Sunday with a 10:00 am matchup against 24th-ranked Wesleyan (9-3).
With just three weekends of action remaining before the College Squash Association Team Championship (Feb. 21-24), the Mids have the chance to set the program's single-season wins record. Navy heads into the weekend with a 22-4 record, marking the eight time in school history that it has topped the 20-win marker including the seventh time under head coach Craig Dawson. In each of the last two seasons Navy has produced 23 wins, while in 2009-10 Navy posted a 26-8 mark and in 2008-09 the team set the wins record with a 27-8 mark. Meanwhile, Navy's four losses this winter are the fewest since the 1987-88 team ended the year 13-4.
No player on the roster has more than eight losses, while four players have eclipsed 20 wins this season. Freshmen Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) have been work horses on this year's squad, pacing the team with 23 wins apiece, one more than any player on last year's roster. Kacergis has taken on the No. 7 position where he is 8-2, while Bottini has settled in at No. 8 where he has recorded a 5-2 mark.
Navy's No. 1 player, Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.), cashed in on his 20th win of the season a week ago when he was dominating George Washington's Islam El-Fiky before his foe bowed out with an injury in the second game. Meanwhile, No. 3 player Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) has flourished in his senior campaign, putting together a 20-3 record which featured a spectacular come-from-behind win over Western Ontario's Adrian Ostbye to help lead Navy to a 5-4 team win.
Senior John Richey (West Harford, Conn.), who stands fifth in wins under Dawson all-time with 87, heads into the weekend needing one win to reach the 20-win mark for the year, while classmate Cotter Walker (Orlando, Fla.) owns a 15-2 record in his first season as a member of the Mids' ladder.
Navy owns a flawless 11-0 record against Connecticut College, while putting together a 24-1 record against Wesleyan. Meanwhile, Yale owns a 39-8 all-time record against the Mids, including a 21-2 record in matches played in New Haven. Although Navy dropped a 7-2 decision to then top-ranked Yale, it marked the first time in 18 years that the program had been able to win two individual matches against the Bulldogs. In fact, Navy came into the bout having won a combined three individual matches against Yale in the previous 14 meetings (2001, `04, `10).
The last Navy win in the series was a 7-2 decision at home on Feb. 2, 1985, while the last Navy win in New Haven was Feb. 4, 1984, when the Mids claimed a 6-3 victory.
### Go Navy ###