PRINCETON, N.J. - In a tournament that has been marked my upsets, the ninth-ranked Quakers were able to escape that fate in their 5-4 win over No. 12 Saint Lawrence in the semifinals of the Hoehn Cup. Penn won four of the top-five matches, along with a win at No. 9 on the ladder to rally from an early deficit and advance to the finals.
On a day that saw Penn's experienced players pull them through, it was senior co-captains Thomas Mattsson and Trevor McGuinness that would capture the final two wins, advancing the Quakers to the Hoehn Cup finals for the third straight season.
In their finals match tomorrow, they will face No. 14 Columbia, who has already pulled off two upsets to get this far in the tournament. The Lions defeated No. 11 Williams, 5-4, to punch their ticket to the finals in the other semifinal of the Hoehn Cup. Columbia and Penn will play their Hoehn Cup finals match tomorrow at noon.
Just like he did Friday morning, Jack Maine got the Quakers off to a quick start with a win at No. 9. He allowed just 13 points in three games on his way to the win. Maine improves to 7-5 on the year with the victory as he has not dropped a game in the Hoehn Cup yet. The Saints knotted the match at one-all with a win at No. 6. Derek Chilvers looked to be good early as he came out strong, winning the first game, 11-2. However, his opponent reversed that score on him in the second before grinding out 11-8 and 11-5 wins to seal the Saints' win.
St. Lawrence then took the lead with a win at No. 3. Daniel Judd also jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with an 11-7 win in the first game, but his opponent pulled out 11-9 wins in the second and fourth games, to go along with his own 11-7 win in the third game to give the Saints the 2-1 lead. The underdogs would then stretch that lead to 3-1 with a win at No. 8. Michael Mutscheller dropped a pair of hard-fought games, 13-11 and 11-9, to find himself in a 2-0 hole. His opponent would then finish that match in three games.
This is when Penn started to rally its way back into the match. Dan Greenberg had to work hard in his match at No. 2, but pulled out the much-needed win for Penn in three games. He won tiebreaks in the first two games, 13-11 and 12-10, respectively, to go up 2-0. He then closed with a dominating third game win, 11-2. Greenberg is also a perfect six-for-six in games won this weekend.
John Dudzik would then even the match at three-all with his five-game win at No. 5. The sophomore dropped a tight first game, 11-9, but rebounded with a 12-10 win in the second. Again in the third game he lost, 11-9, but again he came back with the 12-10 win in the fourth to tie his match. He would then finally put his opponent away with an 11-8 win in the fifth game.
Justin Ang dropped a hard-fought four-game match at No. 7. After going down a game following an 11-9 loss, Ang evened the match at one-all with an 11-8 win in the second. The next two games would go deep into tiebreaks, but Ang could not capture either. He fell 12-10 in the third game and his opponent finished the match with an epic 18-16 win in the fourth game.
However, Mattsson would answer right back with his win at No. 1. The senior captain has been counted on all season long and he did not disappoint today as he allowed no more than seven points in a game on his way to the 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 win for his eighth victory of the season. He has also not dropped a game in Hoehn Cup action this weekend.
With the match hanging in the balance, McGuinness came through when his teammates needed him the most. After dropping an 11-7 game out of the gates, the senior knotted the No. 4 match at one-all with a dominating 11-3 win in the second. He would again find himself down a game after being dealt an 11-8 loss in the third game.
This time, he responded with his own 11-7 win to tie the match at two-all. The fifth game was everything that you would expect out of a five-game match, but McGuinness came away with the final points when he, and his team, needed them most, winning 11-9, and capping off Penn's 5-4 win.
The Quakers now move into the Hoehn Cup finals for the third consecutive season. Two years ago, Penn captured the Hoehn Cup championship, but they were denied in the finals last season. The Quakers have already defeated Columbia in the final weekend of the regular season, 7-2; however, the Lions have already avenged 7-2 and 8-1 regular season defeats on their ride to the finals.
Penn 5, St. Lawrence 4
No. 1: Thomas Mattsson (P) def. Vir Seth (St. L) (3-0), 11-6, 11-7, 11-5
No. 2: Dan Greenberg (P) def. Kyle Ogilvy (St. L) (3-0), 13-11, 12-10, 11-2
No. 3: Ibrahim Khan (St. L) def. Daniel Judd (P) ( 3-1), 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9
No. 4: Trevor McGuinness (P) def. Chris Fernandez (St. L), (3-2) 7-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9
No. 5: John Dudzik (P) def. Amay Merchant (St. L) (3-2), 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8
No. 6: Will Campo (St. L) def. Derek Chilvers (P) (3-1), 2-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-5
No. 7: Sebastian Riedelscheimer (St. L) def. Justin Ang (P) (3-1), 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 18-16
No. 8: Duncan Maxwell (St. L) def. Michael Mutscheller (P) (3-0), 13-11, 11-9, 11-5
No. 9: Jack Maine (P) def. Michael Badali (St. L) (3-0), 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
No. 10: Michael Badali (St. L) def. Oscar Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-0, 11-0, 11-0