Diplomats Down Navy

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall defeated Navy, 8-1, in its regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats move to 11-6 with the victory, while the Midshipmen drop to 21-6.

The Diplomats posted straight-game victories in half of their eight wins, with two going four games and the remaining two triumphs stretching to five. Guilherme de Melo (No. 2), Mauricio Sedano (No. 3), Ryan Mullaney (No. 5) and Brian Henry (No. 8) each rolled past their opponents without dropping a game. de Melo took down Hunter Abrams 13-11, 11-5, 12-10, Sedano cruised past Jim Kacergis by an 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 count, Mullaney defeated Colin Barry with scores of 11-7, 11-9, 11-6, and Henry rolled over John Richey at 11-2, 11-7, 11-7.

At No. 1, Gabriel de Melo shook off a setback in game one to down Andrew McGuinnes in four games (8-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-2), while Aadit Zaveri also posted a four-game win at No. 6 over Billy Abrams (11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-1).

Two matches went the distance on the afternoon, with the Diplomats notching come-from-behind victories in both. At No. 7, Sujat Barua rallied back from two games down to edge John Tracey (9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-1), while Pat Cunningham also dropped the opening two games against Hunter Beck at No. 9, but regrouped for the five-game victory (7-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11).

F&M returns to the court on Friday, Feb. 17 for day one of the College Squash Association (CSA) Championships hosted by Princeton.

#8 Franklin & Marshall 8, #12 Navy 1

1. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) def. Andrew McGuinness (NAVY) 8-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-2
2. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Hunter Abrams (NAVY) 13-11, 11-5, 12-10
3. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) def. Jim Kacergis (NAVY) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9
4. Hunter Bouchard (NAVY) def. Alex Arjoon (F&M) 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10
5. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) def. Colin Barry (NAVY) 11-7, 11-9, 11-6
6. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) def. Billy Abrams (NAVY) 11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-1
7. Sujat Barua (F&M) def. John Tracey (NAVY) 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5
8. Brian Henry (F&M) def. John Richey (NAVY) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7
9. Pat Cunningham (F&M) def. Hunter Beck (NAVY) 7-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11
Exh. David Koenig (NAVY) def. I.H. "Wick" Clothier (F&M) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7