Mids Open Play at College Squash Association Championship on Friday
Feb. 21, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 14th-ranked Navy squash team will face No. 11 Columbia on Friday at 3:30 pm in its quest to win the Hoehn Cup at the 2013 College Squash Association Team Championship held this weekend in New Haven, Conn. Joining the Mids in the Hoehn Division are Bates, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn, Western Ontario and Williams who are vying for the No. 9-16 positions in the tournament.
The Mids enter this weekend's team championship having enjoyed the program's ninth 20-win season and the seventh under 13th-year head coach Craig Dawson. At 24-7, Navy has once again proven itself as one of the top teams in the country, however the Mids have a challenging draw this weekend.
Among the seven other teams competing in the Hoehn Division, Navy has faced five of them - Bates, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn and Western Ontario - this season, however its lone win against those teams was a 5-4 decision over Western Ontario.
Navy, who suffered a tough 5-4 loss to Columbia in the opening round of last year's CSA Team Championship, dropped an 8-1 decision to the Lions in New York in mid-January. It was just the second loss in program history against a program that elevated its status to varsity in 2010-11. The Lions, who own a 7-8 record, have been anchored by the play of Ramit Tandon, the 2012 CSA Individual National Championship runner-up, who has posted a 12-3 record at the top spot, while Mohamed AbdelMaksoud is 10-3 competing at the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Three players on the Mids' nine-man ladder will be making their first appearance at the CSA Team Championship, including the freshman tandem of Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) and Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) who lead the team with matching 25-5 records. Additionally, either senior Cotter Walker (Orlando, Fla.) or sophomore John Hsu (Manhasset, N.Y.) will fill the No. 9 slot for the Mids with neither having see prior action at the annual championship.
Senior Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) who will likely play the No. 4 position has experienced the most success at the tournament, boasting a 7-2 mark in postseason play, including wins in each of his last five matches at the tournament. He enters the weekend trying to become just the third player under Dawson to win 90 matches as he owns an 88-32 record. Also looking for that elusive 90th win is classmate John Richey (West Harford, Conn.) who stands 89-32 over his four seasons and has posted a 4-5 record at the CSA Team Championship.
Sophomores Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) and Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) both put together 2-1 marks at last year's championship. McGuinness owns a 22-8 record this season as the Mids' No. 1 player, while Barry has registered a 14-6 mark after beginning the season with an injury.
Navy will face either No.10 Williams or No. 15 Bates on Saturday as the tournament progresses. Should Navy defeat Columbia in the opening round, Saturday's second-round match would begin at 3:30 pm, however a loss would send the Mids to the consolation bracket for a 9:00 am match.
Last year, Navy dropped its opening-round match but fought back to win two in a row to finish 11th in the tournament.
Hoehn Division (No. 9-16)
Rk. School In 2012-13 All-Time Series 9 Dartmouth Dartmouth, 6-3 Tied, 20-20 10 Williams --- Navy leads, 31-21 11 Columbia Columbia, 8-1 Navy leads, 21-2 12 Penn Penn, 8-1 Penn leads, 44-27 13 Western Ontario Navy, 5-4 Western Ontario leads, 5-2 14 Navy 15 Bates Bates, 5-4 Navy leads, 12-9 16 Brown --- Brown leads, 8-6
Navy's Projected Lineup Pos Player 2013 Career CSA Team Championship Record 1 Andrew McGuinness 22-8 41-19 2-1 2 Jim Kacergis 17-12 36-19 1-2 3 Hunter Beck 12-9 54-21 4-2 4 Hunter Bouchard 22-6 88-32 7-2 5 Colin Barry 14-6 36-12 2-1 6 Bill Kacergis 25-5 25-5 0-0 7 John Richey 21-9 89-32 4-5 8 Mitch Bottini 25-5 25-5 0-0 9 John Hsu 9-1 18-1 0-0
### Go Navy ###