ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Men's squash had a tightly contested affair Wednesday night in its first road match of the season. The Quakers (2-1) took each of the top-five matches in the ladder, while Navy (12-4) came away with four wins in the bottom four matches as Penn held on by the narrowest of margins, 5-4. Tied at four-all and the team score coming down to a five-game match at No. 3, Dan Greenberg came out victorious togive Penn the 5-4 win.
Starting out with the even numbered matches, Penn was locked in a two-all battle after the first four matches finished play. Trevor McGuinness picked up a 3-1 win to give Pennan early win. After picking up the first and second games, 11-8 and 11-7, his opponent would not go away quietly, taking the third game 11-9. However, McGuinness would show his poise and come up with his best game of the four, winning 11-5, to clinch the match at No. 2.
Daniel Judd also picked up a huge win at No. 4 in a match that went the full five games. Judd was down a game after dropping a 14-12 tiebreak, but came back with an 11-4 win in the second game, tying his match at one-all. After his opponent won the third game 11-7, it was Judd's turn to pull out the 14-12 tiebreak win in the fourth game. Playing just his second match of the year, the Quakers' sophomore secured his first win of the season with a hard-fought 11-8 fifth-game victory.
In the No. 6 match, John Dudzik found himself in the early hole after dropping the first two games before responding with a convincing 11-3 win in the third game. Nevertheless, his opponent would close out the match in four games with a tiebreak win in the final game of their match. At No. 8, the Midshipman picked up a three-game victory.
Derek Chilvers would get the Quakers back on the winning track with hisvictoryat No. 5. Chilvers cruised in his match, winning in three games. After taking the first game 11-7, the sophomore allowed just five points in the second and six in the third to give Penn its third victory of the night. Once again, Navy would respond with wins at No. 7 and No. 9, taking both of these matches in three games to give them a 4-3 lead and forcing Penn to win out.
Looking to will his team back into the match, captain Thomas Mattsson came up big with his win at No. 1 over Andrew McGuinness, the younger brother of Trevor. Mattsson jumped out to the early 1-0 lead with an 11-7 win in the first game, but the Navy freshman tied the match at one-all with an 11-9 win of his own in the second. Mattsson would come up with his second 11-7 win in the third game and closed out his match with a dominating 11-3 win in the fourth game to clinch his second victory of the season. This set up No. 3 to decide the match with the two squads tied at four wins each.
In the match at No. 3, Navy maintained the early edge with an 11-9 win in the first game, but Greenberg tied the match with an 11-3 second game win. The Quakers' junior then took a 2-1 lead with an 11-7 win in the third game.
Just likeit haddone all night long, Navy would not go down easily and Greenberg found himself headed to a fifth game after an 11-8 defeat in the fourth game. However, Greenberg was not to be denied on this night as he put together the most convincing game victory of all the nine matches when it mattered most, taking the decisive game 11-2 and giving Penn the 5-4 team victory.
After battling down to the wire tonight, the men's side will have one final match before breaking for the winter.Penn will be back in action this Saturday against 10th-ranked Williams. That match will start at 11 a.m. and run simultaneous to the women's match.
Penn 5, Navy 4
No. 1: Thomas Mattsson (P) def. Andrew McGuinness (N) (3-1), 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3
No. 2: Trevor McGuinness (P) def. Hunter Bouchard (N) (3-1), 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5
No. 3: Dan Greenberg (P) def. Jim Kacergis (N) (3-2), 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2
No. 4: Daniel Judd (P) def. Colin Barry (N) (3-2), 12-14, 11-4, 7-11, 14-12, 11-8
No. 5: Derek Chilvers (P) def. John Tracey (N) (3-0), 11-7, 11-5, 11-6
No. 6: John Richey (N) def. John Dudzik (P) (3-1), 11-9, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10
No. 7: Billy Abrams (N) def. Justin Ang (P) (3-0), 11-1, 12-10, 11-5
No. 8: Hunter Abrams (N) def. Jack Maine (P) (3-0), 11-3, 11-4, 11-6
No. 9: David Koenig (N) def. Hunter Schlacks (P) (3-0), 12-10, 11-6, 11-9
No. 10: John Hsu (N) def. Oscar Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-4, 11-4, 11-4