PHILADELPHIA -Not only will it be a busy weekend for the University of Pennsylvania men's squash team, it will be a tough one. Three matches in two days, including a pair against top-five opponents await the Quakers on Saturday and Sunday.
Seventh-ranked Penn will welcome No. 4 Rochester to the Ringe Courts on Saturday at 1 p.m. Rochester has not played a team match in 2015-16, but will play three in three days from Friday to Sunday. The YellowJackets will begin their season with a college tour of West Philadelphia, taking on Drexel on Friday, before making the short jaunt to Penn on Saturday. Rochester got the best of the Quakers in their last meeting in 2013-14. Penn fell 7-2 in the 7th place match of the CSA Nationals.
It doesn't get any easier on Sunday, when Penn will face No. 3 St. Lawrence and No. 15 Williams.
St. Lawrence will get their season underway with two matches on Saturday against Tufts and Princeton, before making the trip over the Delaware River to square off against Penn. The Saints finished with a 15-2 record in 2014-15, finishing second in the CSA Nationals, after falling to Trinity in the finals. Penn faced St. Lawrence in those same CSA Nationals and fell, 8-1. St. Lawrence and Penn will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
In Sunday's second match, Penn will take on No. 15 Williams before heading into the break. Williams sits at 1-1 with a pair of 8-1 results. Williams was defeated by Cornell before claiming a win over Western Ontario. The Quakers hold a 30-10 overall record against the Ephs, winning their last meeting in 2013, 8-1.
Penn sits at 3-0 on the season and will have a month off before coming back from winter break against No. 2 Harvard.