Jan. 31, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 15th-ranked Navy squash team will look to knock off No. 10 St. Lawrence when the two programs meet on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Robie Courts in Canton, N.Y. The Mids lead the series 4-2, however, Saturday’s match is the first played at St. Lawrence.
Posting a 24-5 record to date, three of Navy’s five losses this season have been to programs ranked in the top 10, while the other two were a 5-4 loss to No. 14 Bates and an 8-1 setback against Penn, now ranked 12th. The Mids are winners of six of their last eight matches, dropping matches to ninth-ranked Columbia and fourth-ranked Yale in recent weeks.
Five of the nine players on the ladder have eclipsed the 20-win milestone this winter, while freshmen Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) are battling to become the winningest players in a single season under head coach Craig Dawson’s watch. Kacergis and Bottini have mirroring 25-3 records as the No. 7 and 8 players, respectively, which is tied as the seventh-most wins in a single season. Jeff Sawin put together a 28-4 mark in 2006-07 to set the record, while Allan Lutz turned in a 27-9 record in 2008-09. Four players have tallied 26 wins, including current Navy seniors John Richey (West Harford, Conn.) and Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) who both recorded 26-7 marks in 2009-10.
Speaking of Richey and Bouchard, both have enjoyed solid senior campaigns with Bouchard tallying a 22-4 mark as the Mids’ No. 3 player while Richey owns a 21-7 record at No. 6. Richey has put together an 89-30 record over four seasons and his next win would make him just the third player in program history to reach 90-career wins. Meanwhile, Bouchard is 88-30 for his career.
St. Lawrence enters the weekend match with an 8-4 record, winning five consecutive matches including an 8-1 decision over No. 9 Columbia and a 9-0 sweep over 11th-ranked Williams. Sophomore Duncan Maxwell is the No. 9 player on the team, but has found the most success with an 11-0 record. Meanwhile, freshman Amr Khalifa improved to 5-0 on the year as St. Lawrence’s No. 1 player with a 3-0 sweep over Hamilton’s Martin Bawden on Wednesday evening.
### Go Navy ###