#14 Mids Seek Upset Over #10 Dartmouth Saturday in Annapolis
The 14th-ranked Navy squash team (10-2) will close out the first half of its season when it plays host to 10th-ranked Dartmouth (0-0) on Saturday at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts beginning at 10:00 am.
Admission is free to all Navy squash matches. A reminder to fans planning on attending the match, vehicular access to the Naval Academy is limited to those with a Department of Defense identification card. It is suggested that fans park downtown and walk through the main gate. Please note that a government issued identification card must be carried and presented at the gate.
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Dartmouth officially kicks its 2017-18 season off this weekend when it faces Navy (10:00 am), as well as George Washington (4:00 pm, Washington DC) on Saturday and Franklin & Marshall (11:00 am, Lancaster, Pa.) on Sunday. The Big Green play eight of their first nine matches on the road, seeing action at home (vs. Harvard on Dec. 6) just once over the next month-and-a-half.
The Big Green return eight players off last year’s roster, including six players who guided Dartmouth to the Hoehn Cup Championship at last year’s College Squash Association Team Championship. Among those returning is 2017 Second-Team All-American Alvin Heumann, who produced a 9-8 record as the team’s No. 1 player. Also returning is junior Carson Spahr who posted an 8-9 record, including a 6-7 mark at No. 2.
Dartmouth holds a 26-20 lead in a series that dates back to 1951. Navy won the first 15 matches of the series, but the Big Green have turned the tables and won each of the last 21 matches against the Mids. Dartmouth defeated Navy, 7-2, in Hanover, N.H. a year ago.
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.)
Following a 4-1 weekend two weeks ago against MIT, Stanford, Hobart, Denison and Penn, senior team captain Jack Herold moved into a tie for 18th on the Navy wins list under head coach Craig Dawson’s direction with a 59-28 record. He is just one win shy of becoming the 18th player in head coach Craig Dawson’s 18 years to reach 60 victories and is 15 wins outside of the top 10.
Meanwhile, the same weekend Herold moved up in the wins column, juniors Dylan Sweeney and Senen Ubina captured their 50th collegiate victories. Ubina went undefeated against his five foes to push his career mark to 51-20, while Sweeney put together a 4-1 mark to improve to 50-16. Classmate Jamie Kjorlien needs four more wins to join Sweeney and Ubina in the 50-win club.
Six active Navy players are ranked among the top 25 in career winning percentage under Dawson. Sophomore Michael Kacergis owns an 81.6 (31-7) winning percentage and stands No. 2 on the list, while classmate Owen Davis is tied for No. 3 with his 80.0 (32-8) winning percentage. Meanwhile, Sam McCartney (79.2, 38-10) and Dylan Sweeney (75.8, 50-16) are among the top 10.
Owen Davis and Senen Ubina head into the weekend with 10-match winning streaks, as both players own 11-1 records this season. Freshman Jack Lentz had won 11 in a row as the Mids’ No. 2 player before succumbing to Penn’s Hayes Murphy in five games in his last outing.
Following this weekend’s action, Navy will step away from the court to focus on final exams and enjoy the holidays. The Mids return to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 when they play host to Drexel at 2:00 pm.
### Go Navy ###