ANNAPOLIS, MD — Despite a solid effort by the 14th-ranked Navy squash team (24-7), No. 7 Franklin & Marshall spoiled Senior Day for the Mids' three seniors as the Diplomats posted an 8-1 victory over Navy Sunday afternoon at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts. While Navy holds a 33-19 series advantage, Franklin & Marshall has won each of the last six matches against the Midshipmen.
"Although we didn't get the result we wanted against Franklin & Marshall today, I was please with the way our team played," said 13th-year Navy head coach Craig Dawson. "I think it showed how well everyone worked all week in preparing for the match today. If we can keep this same focus over the next week and a half in our preparation for nationals, I think we will do very well."
The Mids' lone win of the day came at the No. 5 position where sophomore Colin Barry (St. Louis, Mo.) swept rookie Antonio De La Torre, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8. The win snapped a three-game losing skid by Barry as he improved to 14-6 on the year.
While Navy did not win another match, six of the remaining eight matches were decided in at least four games including the No. 9 slot where F&M's Pat Cunningham was forced into a fifth game by sophomore John Hsu (Manhasset, N.Y.). Hsu, whose last varsity appearance was on Nov. 11, jumped out to a 2-1 lead with wins in the first (11-5) and third (11-3) games. Cunningham, however, charged back to take games four and five by 11-4 marks to earn the win.
Freshman Bill Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and seniors Hunter Bouchard (Greenville, Del.) and John Richey (West Hartford, Conn.) won their opening games at No. 6 and 7, respectively, 11-8, but fell in four games. Meanwhile, newcomer Mitch Bottini (New Hamburg, N.Y.) fell behind two games to none, but extended the match against Brian Henry at No. 8 with an 11-6 win in the third. Henry sealed the win in the fourth with an 11-3 victory.
The Midshipmen return to action in two weeks where they will compete in the College Squash Association Team Championship which will be in New Haven, Conn. Last year Navy posted a 2-1 record at the championship en route to a 13th-place finish.
Franklin & Marshall def. Navy, 8-1
1 - Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Andrew McGuinness (N), 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5
2 - Mauricio Sedano (F&M) def. Jim Kacergis (N), 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
3 - Ryan Mullaney (F&M) def. Hunter Beck (N), 11-9, 11-5, 11-7
4 - P. Veiga de Almeida (F&M) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5
5 - Colin Barry (N) def. Antonio De La Torre (F&M), 11-7, 11-6, 11-8
6 - Alex Arjoon (F&M) def. Bill Kacergis (N), 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7
7 - Jack Cutler (F&M) def. John Richey (N), 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7
8 - Brian Henry (F&M) def. Mitch Bottini (N), 11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3
9 - Pat Cunningham (F&M) def. John Hsu (N), 5-11, 11-5, 3-11, 11-4, 11-4