By Anne Bello
Published Oct 20, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM ET

Annapolis, MD — Last season Navy squash shone academically, earning the highest academic average of all 33 varsity sports at the Naval Academy. The team was presented with the Dean’s Award for having the highest cumulative quality point rating for the academic year, edging out the offshore sailing program and the men’s tennis team, who were close behind them.

Navy was busy on the courts as well, compiling a 23-10 season record and qualifying for the B Division in the Men’s National Team Championships. The Midshipmen won’t be slowing down this season.

“We are excited about our trip to Maine in January where we will play Bates, Colby and Bowdoin,” says head coach Craig Dawson. “Navy also looks forward to hosting St Lawrence in Annapolis, and we will travel to St Lawrence next season. The two Navy round robins Nov 4-6 and Nov 11-13 will be busy. As many as 16 different men’s and women’s teams will attend.”

Dartmouth, Yale, St. Lawrence, George Washington, and Penn will be big home matches for the Mids. “For the season our goal is to come together as a team and peak at Nationals so we can move up in the rankings,” Dawson explains. Helping the team work toward that goal is former Skillman Award winner and two-time All-American Casey Garwood, who returns to the Naval Academy as an assistant coach this season.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 23-10

Final Ranking: 16

Team Championships: 8th in Hoehn Cup (B Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Craig Dawson

Returning Players from Team Championships: (2) Hunter Bouchard, (3) Billy Abrams, (4) Hunter Beck, (5) John Richey, (8) David Koenig, (9) Clayton Young, (11) John Tracey

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (1) Allan Lutz, (6) Tommy Mcnamara, (7) Brad Seidel, (10) Aidan Crofton

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Andrew McGuinness
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Hunter Abrams and Jim Kacergis
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Colin Barry and John Hsu
  • Other addition: Blake Briscoe

Team Goals: To come together as a team and peak at Nationals to move up in the rankings

Key Matches: Maine trip (Bates, Bowdoin, Colby), Dartmouth, Yale, St Lawrence, George Washington and Penn

To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.