PHILADELPHIA - Thomas Mattsson has been named men's Harrow Sports College Squash Player of the Week after two crucial victories against Navy and Williams. With the Quakers needing wins each time Mattsson took the court, the senior co-captain and No. 1 player delivered a pair of four-game victories to help Penn move to 3-1 on the year. This honor marks the second consecutive year that Penn has had a Player of the Week in squash. Annie Madeira won the weekly award on the women's side last season.
Against Navy, Penn trailed 4-2 but Mattsson was one of three Quakers that won in successive order to help overtake the Midshipman, 5-4. Going up against Andrew McGuinness, the younger brother of Penn's No. 2 Trevor McGuinness, Mattsson split the first two games before allowing just 10 points in the final two games, clinching his victory and tying the team score at four-all. This set the stage for Dan Greenberg to seal the come-from-behind win with his five-game match at No. 3.
In the matchup against Williams, Mattsson took to the court with the team score tied at three-all heading into the final three matches. Again, Mattsson was one of three players to come away with late victories as Penn secured the 6-3 win. Like in the match against Navy, Mattsson split his first two games. This time he allowed just four points in the final two games to clinch the win at No. 1 for Penn. This victory came over an opponent that he had split two meetings with a season ago.
Mattsson is a off to a team-best 3-1 record this season with all his matches being played at No. 1. His only loss so far has come to Todd Harrity, the returning CSA Individual Champion. Despite the loss to Harrity, Mattsson did manage to secure the second game and almost took the third before falling in four games. This marked just the second time in the last 72 games that Harrity has played that he surrendered a game.
With the fall semester coming to a close and finals taking place, Mattsson and the rest of his teammates do not have another match until mid-January. They will get back into action Saturday, January 14 at Harvard. That match will be followed by a meeting with Dartmouth the next day.