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Navy Squash Plays Host to Franklin & Marshall on Senior Day

Senior team captain John Richey will play his final home match on Sunday.

Senior team captain John Richey will play his final home match on Sunday.

Feb. 8, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  The 14th-ranked Navy squash team will play host to No. 7 Franklin & Marshall in its regular-season finale Sunday afternoon at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts.  Action is slated for 3:00 pm.

The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a 9-0 decision to ninth-ranked St. Lawrence on the road a week ago.  However, Sunday’s competition will be even more of a challenge with the Diplomats having won 10 consecutive matches going into the weekend.  Franklin & Marshall, who owns a 14-3 record and has beaten top 10 programs St. Lawrence (6-3), Dartmouth (5-4) and Williams (8-1), will battle George Washington Friday night in Washington D.C. and fifth-ranked Cornell Saturday evening at home before traveling to Annapolis for Sunday’s match.

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 identical 25-4 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 22-5 mark as the Mids’ No. 3 player while Richey owns a 21-8 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.

Fellow senior Cotter Walker (Orlando, Fla.) enters the weekend with a 22-4 career record, earning a permanent spot among the varsity ladder this season.  He has put together a 17-4 record this season.

Meanwhile, the Mids’ No. 1 player on the ladder, sophomore Andrew McGuinness, has tallied a 22-7 record this winter including a 7-7 mark as the top player in the lineup.

Navy owns a 33-18 series advantage, including a 23-4 mark in matches played in Annapolis.  The Diplomats, however, have won five in a row against the Mids with Navy’s last win in the series coming on Feb. 9, 2008.  The last time the Mids beat F&M in Annapolis was Feb. 17, 2007, by a 6-3 decision.

Following Sunday’s regular-season finale, the Mids will have nearly two weeks to prepare for the College Squash Association Championship which will be held Feb. 22-24 in New Haven, Conn.


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