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Muldoon, Saleem win for men's squash vs. Navy

LEWISTON, Maine -- An old rival tripped up the Bates men's squash team on Saturday at the Bates Squash Center, as No. 15 Navy handed the No. 19 Bobcats a 7-2 setback.

In a tighter match than the score may indicate, the Midshipmen prevailed in a pair of marathon 3-2 decisions at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions on the ladder, with Jim Kacergis coming back from 2-0 down to defeat junior R.J. Keating (Short Hills, N.J.) at No. 3, 10-12, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4, and Hunter Abrams edging Bates junior Eric Bedell (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 13-11, 9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 13-11 at No. 4.

Sophomore captain Kristian Muldoon (Paget, Bermuda) and first-year Nabil Saleem (Alpharetta, Ga.) won Bates' two points, Muldoon with a convincing 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 win over Hunter Bouchard at the No. 2 position on the ladder, and Saleem with a back-and-forth 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11 decision over David Koenig at No. 9.

The Bobcat men's and women's teams both host NESCAC rival and Williams on Sunday at 2pm. The matches can be followed online via video webcast.

Navy 7, Bates 2
Jan. 7, 2012 at Bates

1. Andrew McGuinness (N) def. Bobby Burns (B), 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7
2. Kristian Muldoon (B) def. Hunter Bouchard (N), 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5
3. Jim Kacergis (N) def. R.J. Keating (B), 10-12, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
4. Hunter Abrams (N) def. Eric Bedell (B), 13-11, 9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 13-11
5. Colin Barry (N) def. Andy Cannon (B), 11-7, 12-10, 11-5
6. Billy Abrams (N) def. Walter Cabot (B), 12-10, 11-8, 11-6
7. John Tracey (N) def. David Born (B), 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
8. John Richey (N) def. Jason Shrubb (B), 11-4, 12-10, 12-10
9. Nabil Saleem (B) def. David Koenig (N), 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11