Men's Squash Heads to No. 2 Trinity Sunday
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PHILADELPHIA - Men's squash will have to rebound following a pair of 5-4 losses, but the task at hand gets no easier as the 13-time defending national champions await the Quakers up north this weekend.
Although the Bantoms (9-1) have won 13 straight
national championships, they will be in unfamiliar territory this weekend as
for the first time in since 1998 Trinity is coming off a loss to Yale two
matches ago that snapped their 252-game winning streak, the longest in varsity
intercollegiate sports. However, the Bantoms did rebound in the match against Harvard this past weekend. Penn's match with Trinity will get underway this Sunday at
Thomas Mattsson is tied for the Penn lead in wins with a 4-3 record playing at No. 1 this season. Two of his four victories so far this season have avenged losses from the 2010-11 season, including his last win against Franklin & Marshall in five.
Derek Chilvers (4-3) and Michael Mutscheller (4-2) give the Quakers three players with four wins. Chilvers has been playing No. 6 since coming back from the winter break and is currently on a two-match winning streak after coming away with a pair of five-game victories. Mutscheller is also riding a two-match winning streak. After winning in five against Dartmouth, he needed just four games in his win over Franklin & Marshall.
Dan Greenberg and Daniel Judd have both been playing in the top-third of the ladder since returning from the winter break. Greenberg (No. 2) and Judd (No. 3) each have a pair of wins this season. Trevor McGuinness (No. 4) and John Dudzik (No. 5) also have a pair of wins so far this season playing in the top-half of the ladder. Dudzik and McGuinness both won games in each of their last two matches, but were unable to come up with individual victories to show for their efforts.
For three of the sophomores, Dudzik, Judd and Chilvers, the match will also be a homecoming of sorts. Both Dudzik and Judd return to their home state of Connecticut, while Chilvers also grew up in the New England area in his home state of Massachusetts. Each of these players grew up about an hour and a half away from where they will be competing this weekend.
Rounding out the ladder, Justin Ang (No. 7) and Jack Maine (No. 9) each have three wins to date. Ang will be looking to bounce-back from a tough five-game loss the last time out. This season, he is 2-1 following a loss. Maine is currently riding a two-match winning streak and is one of four players that has a winning record (3-2) inside the top-nine. Three freshmen, Oscar Mattsson, Hunter Schlacks and Matt Sheridan each have one victory inside of the top-nine so far this season.
Despite being edged out by Yale, 5-4, Trinity rebounded just a couple days later and was able to down Harvard, 7-2. The Bantoms will also take on Rochester and Dartmouth this Friday and Saturday before playing host to Penn on Sunday. Trinity started out the season with six straight wins and has won 80 of the 90 individual matches that have been contested.
Trinity shares three common opponents with the Quakers so far this season. The Bantoms have swept Williams and downed Franklin & Marshall, 8-1, before beating Harvard their last time out. Just one player, Matthew Mackin, is a perfect 10-0 this season. Five other players have unbeaten records with at least four matches played. Last season, Trinity swept Penn en route to its national championship run.
The match with Trinity marks the final non-Ivy League match in the regular season for the Quakers. After this weekend, just two more Ivy weekends await Penn before the team championships. The first of those weekends will be February 4 and 5, when Brown and Yale visit the Ringe Squash Courts.