Mids Play Regular-Season Finale at Franklin & Marshall
Feb. 7, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 13th-ranked Navy squash team will close out its regular-season ledger on Saturday when it travels to Lancaster, Pa. to battle fifth-ranked Franklin & Marshall. The Mids own a 33-19 advantage in the series, but are searching for their first win against the Diplomats since 2008.
Navy has played a challenging second half of the schedule which has seen the Mids produce a 5-2 record since the turn of the calendar year. Among those wins was a 5-4 victory over then 13th-ranked Bates, as well as a 6-3 triumph over then No. 18 Middlebury.
Juniors Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) and Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) have shared the No. 1 and 2 duties all season. Kacergis, who owns a 14-5 record, began the season with a flawless 11-0 record at the No. 2 position, but pushed up to No. 1 in January. McGuinness, meanwhile, is 13-5 on the year and includes a 4-3 mark at his current position at No. 2.
Second-year standout Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) took over the No. 3 position recently and leads the team with a 15-3 overall record. He has put together a remarkable 42-9 record over his two seasons which is the second-best career record under head coach Craig Dawson’s watch.
Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.), another member out of the talented junior class, has put together a 12-7 record this season, including a 4-2 mark at the No. 3 slot. He is coming off a solid weekend that saw him knock off Cornell’s Kevin Flannery, 13-11, 6-11, 15-13, 11-7.
Team captain Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) has recorded an 11-7 record in his senior year and is one of four players on the roster who has amassed 50-plus career wins, joining McGuinnes (55), Kacergis (54) and Barry (50). Beck boasts a 65-31 career mark.
Franklin & Marshall enters Saturday’s match with the Mids boasting a 12-3 record, dropping decisions to No. 3 Yale (6-3), No. 1 Trinity (5-4) and No. 4 St. Lawrence (5-4). The Diplomats are led by junior Alex Arjoon and sophomore Pedro Veiga de Almeida who have won 13 of the 14 matches in which they have played. Meanwhile, freshman Abhishek Pradhan stands 8-5 as Franklin & Marshall’s No. 1 player.
### Go Navy ###