PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team took a step in a new direction during the 2013-14 season.
Looking to set a new tone for the program, the Quakers finished the with an 8-7 overall record, finishing eighth in the nation following the College Squash Association Team Championships in February. Penn returned to the top-flight Potter Cup for the first time since the 2009 season.
In Ivy League play, the Quakers finished 4-3 with wins against Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, and a historic win over Princeton.
The Penn men defeated the Tigers, 7-2, in 2014 for its first win over Princeton since Feb. 13, 1974. The women’s team would go on to defeat the Tigers later in the week, 6-3, making it the first time in Penn squash history, both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Princeton in the same year.
Penn started its regular season 4-0 with wins against Williams, George Washington, and Navy, before its first Ivy win against Dartmouth. The 4-0 mark was the programs best start since 2006-07 thanks to depth throughout its ladder. The Quakers had four players start the season 4-0 in their individual matches; co-captains John Dudzik and Jack Maine, Michael Mutscheller, and George Lemmon.
After having their best start in over five years, the Quaker suffered consecutive defeats on the road at No. 2 Harvard, and No. 1 Trinity. The Red and Blue bounced back with a win over Drexel and their historic win over Princeton, before falling to No. 3 Yale. Penn rounded out the regular season defeating Brown, losing to Cornell, and winning against Columbia, to finish 8-4 before entering the CSA team championships.
In the Potter Cup Penn would fall to Harvard, St. Lawrence (NY), and Rochester to finish eighth in the country.
After team competition the Penn men would qualify six individuals to CSA individual competition, with sophomore Tyler Odell (#40), sophomore Liam Quinn (#48), junior Michael Mutscheller (#49), sophomore Augie Frank (#59), freshman Rahil Fazelbhoy (#61) and freshman George Lemmon (#69) all competing in the Molloy Cup.
Lemmon found the most success for Penn finishing the CSA individual championships with three wins and two losses and as runner-up in the second-round consolation bracket. The freshman and his father would go on to win the 2014 U.S. Squash Father-Son National Championship at the Racquet & Tennis Club in New York City, later in the spring.
Senior co-captain John Dudzik capped off his individual career at Penn earning two academic honors, earning 2013-14 Academic All-Ivy honors, and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honors. On the court, he posted a 9-6 overall record including 4-3 in Ivy League play, playing in the No. 7-9 positions on the ladder.