Navy Squash Closes Regular Season This Weekend
The 16th-ranked Navy squash team (14-8) will play its final two regular-season matches this weekend in preparation for the 2018 College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship slated for Feb. 23-25 at Trinity. The Mids kick off the weekend at home where they will play host to Middlebury on Friday at 5:00 pm, before traveling to Lancaster, Pa. to battle Franklin & Marshall on Sunday at 3:00 pm.
Thank You, Seniors
Navy will recognize its three senior members - team captain Jack Herold, Greg Hyer and Sam McCartney - on Friday evening.
Herold, who owns a 15-7 record this season, has amassed a 63-34 record over his four seaons playing predominately the No. 1 and 2 spots in the lineup. His 63 wins are the 16th most in program history. A five-time Commandant’s List selection and once each on the Superintendent’s and Dean’s Lists, Herold’s service assignment is Submarines.
Hyer came into the season having played in just 10 varsity matches, but this season alone has won 10 more. He stands 20-9 over four years. Hyer, whose service assignment is Navy pilot, has a 4.00 grade-point average and ranks No. 1 in the Class of 2018 in Academic Order of Merit. He has been named to the Superintendent’s and Commandant’s Lists every semester except the fall of his freshman year where he was named to the Dean’s List.
McCartney is a workhorse for the Mids and enters his final two regular-season matches with a 45-13 career mark. He has produced a 15-5 mark, the most matches he has won in any one season at the Academy. He has been sensational in particular in the postseason where he owns a 7-2 record in CSA Team Championship matches, winning each of his last seven.
A two-time Commandant’s List honoree, McCartney’s service assignment is Marine Corps Naval Flight Officer.
More on the Mids
Navy, who has spent the last several weeks playing on the road, enters the weekend ranked 13th despite dropping three of its last four matches (#1 Trinity, 8-1; #9 Yale, 7-2; #15 Cornell, 6-3). The Mids were last at home on Jan. 17 against #11 George Washington who they lost to 7-2.
The projected ladder remains the same ...
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 Dylan Sweeney enters the weekend with a team-best three-match winning streak as the Mids’ No. 6 player, while freshman Jack Lentz and junior Senen Ubina stand atop the wins leader board with 17 wins apiece playing the No. 3 and 5 positions, respectively.
Three players are currently ranked among the Mids’ all-time top 25 wins leader board. Jack Herold is 16th with 63, Senen Ubina is 21st with 57 and Dylan Sweeney is 23rd with 55. Meanwhile, Sam McCartney is sixth all-time in career winning percentage (77.6, 45-13).
More on the Opponents
Ranked 21st nationally, Middlebury enters Friday night’s match with a 7-8 record, defeating Hamilton (9-0), #24 Amherst (9-0, 8-1), #18 Bates (5-4), #23 Colby (7-2), Bowdoin (7-2) and #20 Williams (8-1). Three of the Panthers’ eight losses have been heartbreakers, dropping 5-4 decisions to #19 Franklin & Marshall, #22 MIT and #14 Virginia, while being tripped up by 6-3 marks to Williams and #15 Cornell. Middlebury, meanwhile, has won two of its last three matches.
Freshman John Epley leads the team in the wins column with a 10-4 record, including a 9-3 mark as the No. 6 player. Second-year player Jack Kagan is just one win shy of double digits, playing predominately the No. 3 position.
Navy owns a slim 5-2 advantage in the series against the Panthers with Friday night’s match marking the first time Middlebury has played the Mids in Annapolis. The Panthers won the inaugural meeting, 5-4, on Dec. 3, 2011, before Navy won three in a row. Middlebury won another 5-4 match on Jan. 29, 2016, but the Mids have won two straight, including a 7-2 decision a year ago.
Franklin & Marshall
Under the guidance of head coach Gavin Jones, 19th-ranked Franklin & Marshall has produced a 3-11 record. The Diplomats have defeated #17 Dickinson (5-4), #21 Middlebury (5-4) and #23 Colby (5-4). Five of their 11 losses have been against teams ranked among the top 10 where they have won just one game (Dartmouth, 8-1). F&M will play two matches prior to facing Navy on Sunday - Friday at home against #4 St. Lawrence and Saturday at #17 Dickinson.
Sophomore Yannis Senkel leads the team with a 9-5 record, primarily playing the No. 3 spot. Meanwhile, rookie Sanjay Jeeva and sophomore Boden Polikoff have posted 5-9 records and play the No. 1 and 5 positions, respectively.
Longtime rivals, Navy leads the series against Franklin & Marshall, 35-22, though the Diplomats have won nine of the last 11 meetings. Navy clipped the Diplomats a year ago in the finale, 5-4, in Annapolis. Meanwhile, the Diplomats hold an 11-6 advantage in matches played on their home courts. Navy last won in Lancast on Feb. 14, 2016, when it scored a 5-4 victory. The series dates back to 1968 when the Mids scored a 9-0 victory in Annapolis.
Navy will await its seed for the 2018 CSA Team Championship set for Feb. 23-25 in Hartford, Conn. Last year the Mids put together a 2-1 mark at the championship to place 13th in the Hoehn Cup which was their best finish since placing 13th in 2011-12.
### Go Navy ###