PHILADELPHIA - Coming off its first defeat of the season yesterday, the currently top-ranked Yale men's squash team (12-1, 4-1 Ivy) was extra motivated to post an Ivy League win when it arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday. The Bulldogs were able to come away with the team win, 8-1, but senior co-captain Thomas Mattsson would not let the Bulldogs come away with the sweep as he took the top match on the ladder in five games for Penn's only win. The Quakers (4-6, 1-4 Ivy) also forced two matches to go the full five games and another to go four games.
In the last round of matches to take the court, Mattsson jumped out to the early lead against Yale's Kenneth Chan with an 11-8 win in the first game. His opponent would quickly answer back with consecutive 11-6 wins in the second and third games. However, Mattsson would not be easily denied as he forced the decisive game with an 11-9 win in the fourth.
In that epic fifth game, Mattsson jumped out early. Then, much to the dismay of the hometown supporters, several crucial points went against Mattsson, but the Quakers' senior showed his poise down the stretch, locking up his team-leading sixth victory of the season. A season ago, Chan was a second-team All-American for the Bulldogs, advancing all the way to the national quarterfinals.
Michael Mutscheller and Jack Maine also put up good fights in their matches at No. 8 and No. 9 respectively, but would fall just short in decisive fifth games. Mutscheller found himself down a game after the first and third game, but rallied with a 12-10 tiebreak win in the second and an 11-7 win in the fourth to send the match to the decisive game. In that game, Mutschller dropped a tough 11-5 game.
After losing the first game, 11-9, Maine rebounded with 12-10 and 11-8 wins in the second and third games, but dropped a 13-11 tiebreak and an 11-8 fifth game, for Penn's other loss in five games. The final Quakers' player to pick up a game was No. 2 Dan Greenberg. After dropping the first game, Greenberg reversed the score on his opponent in the second. However, his opponent would take the next two games, including the fourth by tiebreak, to come away with his win.
One final weekend now remains in the regular season. The final home match of this season will be next Friday, February 10, against Columbia. Penn will be on the road against Cornell that following Sunday to close out the regular season.
Yale 8, Penn 1
No. 1: Thomas Mattsson (P) def. Kenneth Chan (Y) (3-2), 11-8, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8
No. 2: Richard Dowd (Y) def. Dan Greenberg (P) (3-1), 11-5, 5-11, 11-5, 12-10
No. 3: John Roberts (Y) def. Daniel Judd (P) (3-0), 11-3, 11-4, 11-4
No. 4: Ryan Dowd (Y) def. Trevor McGuinness (P) (3-0), 11-8, 11-7, 11-8
No. 5: Neil Martin (Y) def. John Dudzik (P) (3-0), 11-5, 11-6, 11-8
No. 6: Robert Berner (Y) def. Derek Chilvers (P) (3-0), 11-2, 12-10, 11-7
No. 7: Samuel Clayman (Y) def. Justin Ang (P) (3-0), 11-6, 13-11, 11-8
No. 8: Joseph Roberts (Y) def. Michael Mutscheller (P) (3-2), 11-9, 10-12, 13-11, 7-11, 11-5
No. 9: Eric Caine (Y) def. Jack Maine (P) (3-2), 11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8
No. 10: Sam Shleifer (Y) def. Oscar Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-7, 11-6, 11-8