Squash’s Michael Kacergis Wins Barb Tournament, Mids to Open Season This Weekend
The Navy squash program opens its 70th season as a varsity program and 18th under the direction of head coach Craig Dawson when it travels to the state of Illinois this weekend to play Northwestern, Western Ontario and the University of Chicago. Navy owns a 950-366 (.722) all-time record and a 348-144 mark under Dawson. The Mids enter the season having won at least 15 matches in each of the last 17 years and have recorded 20-win seasons in seven of the last nine years.
The Schedule / Opponents
The Mids, who begin the year ranked 14th, battle Northwestern on Friday at 6:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm CT in their opener and will close out the weekend with a pair of matches on Saturday. Navy faces #13 Western Ontario at the University of Chicago at 1:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm CT before taking on UChicago at 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT.
The Mids are a combined 16-6 against their weekend foes - 11-0 vs. Northwestern, 4-6 vs. Western Ontario and 1-0 vs. UChicago.
1. Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.), 2. Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.), 3. Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.), 4. Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.), 5. Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.), 6. Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.), 7. Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.), 8. Owen Davis (Rydal, Pa.), 9. Greg Hyer (Tenafly, N.J.), 10-Exh. Danny Finnegan (Williamstown, Mass.)
The ladder was set last Thursday following the annual week-long Barb Tournament that was won by sophomore Michael Kacergis in a 3-2 victory over freshman Jack Lentz.
Established in 1957 by the late Admiral Eugene Fluckey, a Medal of Honor recipient, the Barb has seen 40 different midshipmen win the coveted trophy. Fourteen men have claimed ownership of the trophy multiple times with five players (Spencer Wall 84-86, Jamie Slough 92-94, Andy McCann 00-02, Tucker George 05-08, Andrew McGuinness 12, 14-15) winning it three times. Kacergis will receive a ships clock at the Prizes and Awards ceremony during Commissioning Week and his name will be engraved on the Barb Trophy.
Kacergis won matches against Hayden Boldt (3-0), Sam McCartney (3-0) and 2015 Barb winner Senen Ubina (3-1) en route to making his first Barb Tournament finals appearance, while Lentz captured victories over Lunsford Schock (3-0), Jamie Kjorlien (3-2) and defending Barb winner and team captain Jack Herold (3-2) to punch his ticket into the championship bout.
Kacergis scored a 15-13 win in the opening game against Lentz, who then bounced back with an 11-5 victory to knot the match at one apiece. Kacergis, however, went on to win games three (11-8) and four (11-6) to sew up his first Barb title.
Michael Kacergis, meanwhile, isn’t the only Kacergis to win the Barb Tournament. His brother, Jim, claimed the prize in 2012. The Kacergis’ are the second set of brothers to win the tournament, joining Jon (1980) and Spencer (1983, ‘84, ‘85) Wall.
The remaining 2017 Barb Tournament matches went as follows: Jack Herold, who played in the Barb finals in each of his first three years at Navy, defeated Senen Ubina in a hard-fought four-game match (11-2, 16-18, 13-11, 13-11) for the No. 3 position, junior Jamie Kjorlien topped senior Sam McCartney in four (11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8) to earn the No. 5 spot, junior Dylan Sweeney won by default over second-year standout Owen Davis for the No. 7 position, senior Greg Hyer held on in a five-game marathon match against rookie Danny Finnegan (11-9, 11-9, 8-111, 5-11, 12-10) for No. 9, while junior Alex Patricolo swept John Kacergis (11-2, 11-9, 11-3) for the No. 11 spot.
### Go Navy ###