PHILADELPHIA - After back to back shutout losses to the first and third ranked teams in the country, men's squash will look to close out its Ivy League schedule with a strong finish this weekend. The task for the Quakers will not be easy as they will be playing the role of underdogs. On Saturday, No. 10 Penn (4-5, 1-3 Ivy) will host sixth-ranked Harvard (6-2, 2-1 Ivy) at 2 p.m. The Quakers will then face a quick turnaround on Sunday when seventh-ranked Dartmouth (7-5, 0-3 Ivy) comes to Philadelphia at 11 a.m. Penn is currently fifth in the Ivy League Standings and will look for a strong weekend performance to move the team up in the standings.
When Harvard comes to the Ringe Courts on Saturday, the Crimson will bring a three match winning streak with them. Over this past weekend, Harvard won two matches by sweeping both Saint Lawrence and Hamilton on the road. The Crimson line-up features 10 players who currently maintain national rankings. Seven of those players are ranked 54th or higher. Penn will be looking to avenge a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Harvard a year ago.
The Quakers will have little time to rest as Dartmouth comes in on Sunday morning. However, the Big Green will be in the same condition as they travel to Princeton on Saturday, before coming to Philadelphia. Like Penn, Dartmouth has ridden the wave a momentum all season long. Currently, Dartmouth is on a two match losing streak and will be desperate to pick up its first Ivy League win on the season. A year ago, the Big Green edged Penn 6-3 at Dartmouth. Both Thomas Mattsson and Porter Drake picked up wins for the Quakers in that match.
With the Ivy League schedule having teams playing multiple games in the same weekend, Penn will have a chance to shake up the standings and possibly improve its national ranking on the second to last weekend of the regular season. With everything that is on the line, Penn will be looking for some key individuals to make contributions to help the team throughout the weekend.
Senior William Browne and John Dudzik enter this weekend with each having a team-high five wins on the season. James Clark (4-5) and Trevor McGuinness (4-4) will also be looking to get back on the right side of .500 after tough matches in their last two outings. Another player to keep an eye on will be freshman Daniel Judd. Judd started the season out playing in the No. 10 slot on the ladder; however he has increased his position in each of the last three matches. He started at No. 9 against Williams and won a critical matchup his first time in the lineup. Against Princeton and Trinity, playing in the seventh and eighth spots respectively, Judd was the only Quaker to claim at least one game in both of these matches. After starting out well, Judd will be looking to get back to his winning ways this weekend.
On Saturday, the men's match will be preceded by the women's team taking on Harvard. On Sunday, the men and women will both begin their matchups versus Dartmouth at 11 a.m.