Mids to Face Cornell in Opening Round of CSA Team Championship
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The 11th-ranked Navy squash team (18-5) will face #14 Cornell on Friday at 3:00 PM in its quest to win the Hoehn Cup at the 2017 College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship held this weekend with Harvard playing as the host site. Joining the Mids in the Hoehn Division are (9) Dartmouth, (10) Princeton, (12) Western Ontario, (13) George Washington, (14) Cornell, (15) Bates and (16) Franklin & Marshall who are vying for the No. 9-16 positions in the tournament.
Live results can be followed via the CSA’s official site at collegesquashassociation.com, as well as a free live video feed of various matches throughout the weekend.
1. Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.), 2. Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.), 3. Owen Davis (Rydal, Pa.), 4. Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.), 5. Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.), 6. Will Walker (Scarborough, N.Y.), 7. Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.), 8. Alex Patricolo (Southampton, N.Y.), 9. Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.)
More on the Mids
The Mids enter this weekend’s team championship having put together an 18-5 record which includes wins over top 20 programs Virginia (5-4), Middlebury (7-2), Williams (7-2), George Washington (5-4) and Franklin & Marshall (5-4). Navy is just two wins shy of reaching the 20-win milestone for the 11th time in its 69-year history, including what would be the ninth under 17th-year head coach Craig Dawson.
For a second consecutive year a freshman sits atop the Navy wins leader board. Newcomer Michael Kacergis will make his championship debut toting a 20-3 record, splitting his time between the #4, #5, #6 and #7 spots on the ladder. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Owen Davis is coming off his 18th win of the season when he dealt Franklin & Marshall’s Shams Abbas a 3-1 defeat last Sunday in Annapolis. Sophomore Dylan Sweeney stands 17-5, while Jack Herold (15-7), Jamie Kjorlien (15-6) and Senen Ubina (15-6) have all captured 15 wins this season.
Mids at the CSA Team Championship
Six of the nine Navy players have made previous appearances at the CSA Team Championship with junior Sam McCartney having the most success with a 4-2 record. A year ago, he posted a 3-0 mark over the three-day tournament. Sophomores Senen Ubina and Dylan Sweeney put together a 2-1 mark a year ago in their championship debut.
Jack Herold: 1-5 (0-3 Fr / 1-2 So)
Senen Ubina: 2-1 (2-1 Fr)
Owen Davis: First appearance
Michael Kacergis: First appearance
Dylan Sweeney: 2-1 (2-1 Fr)
Will Walker: 3-3 (2-0 Fr / 0-1 So / 1-2 Jr)
Jamie Kjorlien: 1-2 (1-2 Fr)
Alex Patricolo: First appearance
Sam McCartney: 4-2 (1-2 Fr / 3-0 So)
The Skinny on the Big Red
Cornell enters the weekend with a 6-10 record this season and will attempt to snap a five-match losing streak when it meets Navy on Friday. All five of those losses, however, were against top 10 teams - #2 Harvard, #3 Columbia, #8 Penn, #9 Dartmouth and #10 Princeton. Its wins this season include matches against Williams, Western Ontario, Dickinson, Brown, Hobart and Franklin & Marshall.
Harry Freeman and Andy Muran have combined to post a 4-12 record at the #1 spot, while Freeman, Muran and Perry Hanson have all played the #2 position for an 8-8 mark. Muran leads all members with an 8-8 mark this winter, while Augie Jones (#5) and Alex Jung (#4) have both won seven matches.
A series that began in 1957, Navy holds a narrow 16-14 advantage over Cornell. The two programs were fierce rivals in the 80s and 90s, but have played one another just eight times since 2000. The last time Navy and Cornell played was on Jan. 31, 2014, when the Big Red scored an 8-1 victory over the Mids in Ithaca. The two meetings prior to the 2014 contest were matches at the CSA Team Championship in 2007 (5-4) and 2008 (6-3) where Cornell walked away the victor in both. Navy has lost 11 in a row to the Big Red, last winning on Feb. 10, 1996 in a 6-3 victory in Ithaca.
Against the Field
Navy put together a combined 2-2 record against the other seven Hoehn Division competitors this season, defeating George Washington (5-4) and Franklin & Marshall (5-4), while dropping decisions to Dartmouth (7-2) and Western Ontario (7-2). The Mids did not play Bates, Cornell or Princeton. The following is Navy’s all-time mark against each of the participating teams: Dartmouth (20-26), Princeton (18-43), Western Ontario (3-6), George Washington (24-3), Cornell (16-14), Bates (14-12), Franklin & Marshall (35-22).
Navy will face either #10 Princeton or #15 Bates on Saturday as the tournament progresses. Should Navy defeat Cornell in the opening round, Saturday’s semifinal match would begin at 3:00 PM (Crts 7, 8, 9), however a loss would send the Mids to the consolation bracket for a 3:00 PM match (Cts 11, 12, 13).
### Go Navy ###