By Anne Bello
Published Oct 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM ET

Annapolis, MD — No one can accuse the Naval Academy squash team of slouching. “Navy plays more matches than any other college team and travels extensively,” explains head coach Craig Dawson. This year, the team’s impressive travel schedule started with a trip abroad, as the Midshipmen  played two exhibition matches in Dublin at the end of August. Several Navy players had already spent much of the summer abroad. John Richey, who will captain the team this year, spent six weeks in China, and Jim Kacergis spent 10 days in Dubai, playing squash every day. Back in Annapolis, the Midshipmen will focus on making a run for the B Division title. Navy had a strong finish to the regular season last year, but a 4-5 upset at the hands of Columbia pushed them into the consolation bracket. With only two players not returning and three newcomers who will add depth, Navy should be in the B Division mix again this season.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 23-7

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Hoehn Cup (B Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Craig Dawson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Andrew McGuinness; 2.Hunter Abrams; 3. Jim Kacergis; 4. Hunter Bouchard; 5. Colin Barry;  8. John Richey; 9. Hunter Beck; 10. David Koenig

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 6. Billy Abrams; 7. John Tracey

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Mitch Bottini, Bill Kacergis, and Carson Craig

Captain: John Richey

Team Goals: To win the B Division at the Men’s National Team Championships and to win the intercollegiate doubles title

Key Matches: Bates and Franklin & Marshall at home, all away matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.