Navy Squash Prepares for Second Trip to Connecticut in as Many Weeks
The 14th-ranked Navy squash team (13-6) played five matches in Massachusetts and Connecticut a week ago, marking the team’s first road trip since opening the season in Chicago Nov. 3-4. The Mids will once again head to the Northeast this weekend where they will play at Yale (Saturday, 3:00 pm) and at Wesleyan (Sunday, 11:00 am). Navy’s match against Yale is slated to be streamed by the Ivy League Network. Please note there is a charge associated with acquiring the video stream.
More on the Mids
Navy returned to its winning ways last weekend, taking three of its three matches on the road. The Mids, who lost four straight to top-11 opponents in what were highly-competitive matches, scored a 7-2 win at #21 Williams last Friday and followed up with a 6-3 win at #17 Dickinson and a 9-0 sweep at #24 Amherst. Navy closed out the weekend with an 8-1 loss to the defending National Champion, Trinity.
The ladder remained the same for last weekend’s road trip outside of giving Michael Kacergis a breather on Saturday and gave Alex Patricolo an opportunity to play in the top nine.
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.)
Junior Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.) pulled ahead on the Mids’ wins leader board last week, winning all five of his matches that included a mid-week match at home against George Washington. It also included a 3-1 victory over Trinity’s Aryaman Adik. Ubina owns a 16-2 record and is undefeated (4-0) at his current No. 5 position on the ladder. Additionally, Ubina moved into Navy’s all-time top-25 wins leader board where he currently stands 22nd. He is four wins away from becoming just the 19th player in program history to win 60 matches.
Rookie Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.) owns a 15-4 mark, while senior team captain Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.) stands at 14-5 as the Mids’ current No. 1 player. Herold picked up a pair of wins over his Williams and Amherst foes to push up to 16th on Navy’s all-time wins list (62-32). He trails former teammate and last year’s team captain Randy Beck by just two wins.
Junior Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.) is just one win shy of joining the Mids’ all-time top-25 wins list with a 52-21 mark.
Meanwhile, junior Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.) captured his 50th career win a week ago by posting a 4-1 record with four straight wins against George Washington, Williams, Dickinson and Amherst. He is among four players on the current Navy roster who have reached the 50-win milestone.
More on the Opponents
The ninth-ranked Yale Bulldogs won their first five matches of the season, but have since lost five in a row to #5 Penn (5-4), #6 Princeton (8-1), #4 St. Lawrence (7-2), #8 Rochester (6-3) and #1 Trinity (6-3). The Bulldogs will face 10th-ranked George Washington on Saturday morning (10:00 am) before squaring off against the Mids at 4:00 pm. Atop the ladder for Yale is sophomore Spencer Lovejoy, while rookie Harrison Gill and senior Max Martin round out the top three.
Yale has dominated the series which dates back to Feb. 11, 1950. The Bulldogs own a 44-8 series advantage, winning each of the last 33 meetings. Navy’s last win in the series was on Feb. 2, 1985, when the Mids claimed a 7-2 victory in Annapolis. Yale has won 24 of the 26 matches played in New Haven with Navy picking up an 8-1 win at Yale on Feb. 18, 1956 and a 6-3 win on Feb. 4, 1984.
Ranked 31st nationally, Wesleyan enters the weekend with a 4-10 record with wins over Vassar (9-0), Bryant (9-0) and Standford (twice - 7-2, 6-3). The Cardinals, who are coming off a tough 5-4 loss at Connecticut College a week ago, will face Amherst (11:00 am) and Williams (3:00 pm) on Saturday at home in the Little Three Championships before playing host to the Midshipmen on Sunday morning. Wesleyan’s top player is freshman Sean Choi who owns a 10-4 record at No.1, while No. 3 player William Bienstock and No. 9 player Premchai Bunsermvicha have both amassed seven wins this winter.
The Mids are 26-1 all-time against Wesleyan, including 19-0 in matches played on the Cardinals’ home courts. Navy’s lone loss in the series was a 5-4 decision on Jan. 18, 1997. Since that loss, the Mids have won nine straight in the series. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 24, 2013, when Navy captured a 7-2 victory at Wesleyan.
Navy will face 15th-ranked Cornell next Wednesday in a neutral site match played at Drexel beginning at 6:00 pm.
### Go Navy ###