PHILADELPHIA - Men's Squash played its fifth consecutive top 10 team to finish up the regular season. However, the final home match did not have the desired result for the Quakers as Penn fell 7-2 against No. 4 Rochester. Junior Trevor McGuinness and freshman Daniel Judd were the lone Quakers to pick up victories on the day.
Penn (4-8) battled throughout the ladder, but was only able to pick up victories at number six and number seven. McGuinness picked up a nice victory at number six against nationally ranked Juan Pablo Gaviria. He jumped out of the gates quickly in his match, taking the first game 11-5. His opponent would even the match at one game apiece with his 11-9 victory in the second. McGuinness returned the favor in the third with his own 11-9 victory. He would then go on to clinch the match with an 11-7 victory in the fourth game. This was the second victory in a row for McGuinness, who finishes the regular season with a 6-5 record.
At number seven, Judd won a hard fought five-game match. He also jumped out to a two game lead, winning the 13-11 and 11-8 to start off. His opponent refused to go down easily, as he came up with two of his own 11-8 game victories to tie the match at two heading into the fifth. In the decisive game, Judd took control before finishing off the game with an 11-7 victory. Judd finished his season with a 6-4 record overall. He was 3-3 when playing in the top nine positions.
In the top third of the ladder, Thomas Mattsson, Dan Greenberg, and James Clark all won the second game in their matchups after dropping the first. Unfortanitly the second game would be the only time any of the trio could pick up a victory, as each would fall in four games.
The match with Rochester also marked the final home competition for three Quakers. Clark, Porter Drake, and William Browne all played in the third through fifth spots on the ladder, but could none could go out with a victory. With each senior playing the role of underdog, they battled hard, but just could not get enough points together to make a run at the individual victory.
The Quakers must now await their postseason fate. The team championships on the men's side will begin on Friday, February 25 and run through February 27. Individual championships for both the men and women will then be played from March 4 through March 6.
Rochester 7 Penn 2
1: No. 3 Benjamin Fischer (R) def. No. 36 Thomas Mattsson (P) (3-1) 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5
2: No. 29 William Newnham (R) def. No. 44 Dan Greenberg (P) (3-1) 11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 11-8
3: No. 22 Hameed Ahmed (R) def. No. 59 James Clark (P) (3-1) 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 11-7
4: No. 13 Andres Duany (R) def. No. 67 Porter Drake (P) (3-0) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6
5: No. 40 Adam Perkiomaki (R) def. No. 100 William Browne (P) (3-0) 11-6, 11-8, 11-2
6: No. 61 Trevor McGuinness (P) def. No. 74 Juan Pablo Gaviria (R) (3-1) 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7
7: Daniel Judd (P) def. No. 96 Oscar Lopez (R) (3-2) 13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7
8: No. 51 Matt Domenick (R) def. No. 110 John Dudzik (P) (3-0) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3
9: Edwin Goncharuk (R) def. No. 66 Justin Ang (P) (3-0) 11-2, 11-8, 11-9
Ex: Akhilesh Nayak (P) def. Unrostered (R) (3-0) 11-1, 11-5, 11-3