AMHERST, Mass. - Both men's squash players are still alive after the Friday session of the CSA Individual Championships. Thomas Mattsson took a loss in the Round of 32, but stayed alive with a default win in the consolations of the Pool Division. Dan Greenberg advanced to the Round of 16 after posting a win in his only match of the day during the Round of 32 in the Molloy Division.
Playing in the top-tier, 12th-seeded Mattsson jumped out in front of No. 21 Richard Dodd early. Penn's senior captain took the first two games by the identical final scores of 11-8 and looked to be well on his way to victory. However, he could never capture that elusive third game. He would drop a hard-fought 11-9 game in the third and Dodd would use that momentum in the final two games, taking those 11-7 and 11-1.
With the loss, Mattsson dropped down into the consolation bracket, but received a default win after No. 5 Christopher Hanson of Dartmouth was injured in his loss. With the default win, Mattsson moves into the first round consolation quarterfinals where he will face Thomas Spettigue of Cornell at 12:20 tomorrow. Spettigue played No. 3 for the Big Red this season and defeated Daniel Judd in straight games during the regular season meeting.
With a win Saturday afternoon, Mattsson will advance to the first round consolation semifinals where he would meet the winner of Gabriel De Melo (Franklin & Marshall) and Adam Perkiomaki (Rochester). That match would take place tomorrow at 6:40 p.m.
Greenberg received a bye in the Round of 64 of the Molloy Division. With a bye into the Round of 32, Greenberg moved into the Round of 16 with a four-game win in his opening match. Penn's junior opened up his match with a hard-fought game that went to extra points, 13-11. He would then go up 2-0 with an 11-4 win in the second. After dropping the third, 11-7, Greenberg would not let his opponent come any closer as he clinched his win with an 11-8 fourth game victory.
In his Round of 16 matchup tomorrow, he will face Andrew McGuinness, younger brother of Penn's Trevor McGuinness. The younger McGuinness played at No. 1 for Navy this season and was beaten by Mattsson earlier in the year. Greenberg and McGuinness will play their match at 12:20 p.m. tomorrow.
A win over McGuinness would put Greenberg in the quarterfinals against either Christopher Jung (Dartmouth) or second-seeded Clay Blackiston (Princeton). That quarterfinal match would take place at 5:50 p.m. tomorrow night.
#12 Thomas Mattsson (1-1)
Round of 32: Lost
vs. #21 Richard Dodd (Yale) (3-2), 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1
1st Rd. Cons: Won by default vs. #5 Christopher Hanson (Dartmouth), def.
1st Rd. Cons Quarterfinals: vs. #19 Thomas Spettigue (Cornell), Saturday at 12:20 p.m.
Dan Greenberg (1-0)
Round of 64: Received
Round of 32: Won vs. Oscar Lopez (Rochester) (3-1), 13-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8
Round of 16: vs. Andrew McGuinness (Navy), Saturday at 12:20 p.m.