Feb. 3, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With the College Squash Association Team Championship just weeks away, the 12th-ranked Navy squash team will play two of its final three regular-season matches this weekend when it travels to Geneva, N.Y. The Midshipmen will face host Hobart at 10:00 am on Saturday before battling No. 8 Western Ontario.
While the Mids are coming off a loss a week ago, they put together a yeoman’s effort in their 7-2 loss to No. 1-ranked Yale. It was the first time in 18 years the program has been able to win two individual matches against Yale. In fact, Navy came into the bout having won a combined three individual matches against Yale in the last 14 meetings.
While it still goes down on the ledger as a loss, it’s just another sign of continued progress Navy has made throughout the season and a glimpse of what the future has in store.
One of those bright spots for the Midshipmen is the play of its freshmen. Twelfth-year head coach Craig Dawson has four rookies playing among the top five, including each of the Mids’ top three spots on the ladder. Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.), Hunter Abrams (Wilmington, Del.), Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) own a combined 62-14 record (.816) which is anchored by Barry’s team-leading 18 wins while Abrams owns a team-best 13-match winning streak.
The youth is blended nicely with a handful of veteran players, including the lone senior on the nine-man ladder, team captain John Tracey (Owings Mills, Md.). Tracey, who owns a four-year 48-9 record, plays the No. 7 spot for the Mids where he has amassed a 15-6 record in 2012.
The other four positions on the ladder are occupied by juniors Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.), Billy Abrams (Wilmington, Del.) and John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.), along with sophomore Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.). Bouchard bounced from the No. 2 spot to the No. 4 position a week ago and stands 12-10 on the year, while Abrams has won 11-straight matches and boasts a 17-1 record as the Mids’ No. 6 player. Included in that winning streak is 3-0 victory over Yale’s Neil Martin a week ago. Meanwhile, Richey holds a 16-4 record as Navy’s No. 8 player, while Beck owns a 14-4 mark as he rounds out the lineup at No. 9.
Hobart enters the weekend with a 10-12 record and having dropped two in a row, including a 9-0 decision against fourth-ranked Rochester. Western Ontario, meanwhile, stands 5-3 with losses to No. 5 Cornell (8-1), No. 4 Rochester (8-1) and No. 1 Yale (8-1).
Navy owns a 22-6 record against Hobart, including a 6-3 record in matches played in Geneva. Additionally, the Mids have won 10 straight in the series. Meanwhile, the Mids and Mustangs meet for just the sixth time in school history and have yet to pick up a win in the series. Navy came close in 2007, dropping a 6-3 decision.
Next will play its regular-season finale next Saturday when travels to Lancaster, Pa. to battle Franklin & Marshall at 3:00 pm.
### Go Navy ###