PHILADELPHIA – The sixth-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team will begin a stretch of three matches in five days on Wednesday night, as the Quakers take the short walk to face their University City neighbor, Drexel, at 6 p.m. The match will be streamed live on DrexelDragons.com.
*The Quakers began the season with 9-0 sweeps of both Virginia and George Washington on Nov. 19 inside the Ringe Squash Courts. The two victories marked the fourth-straight season in which Penn begins the season at 2-0.
*Marwan Mahmoud, Derek Hsue, James Watson, Hayes Murphy, David Yacobucci and Anders Larson all went a perfect 2-0 against Virginia and GW. Mahmoud was victorious at Penn’s top spot in both matches, while Yacobucci put together the first two wins of his career.
*Freshman Wil Hagen also nabbed the first win as a member of the Red and Blue—a 3-0 triumph over Virginia’s Stewart Staunton (No. 9).
*Senior captain George Lemmon picked up his 33rd career victory with a 3-0 win over Virginia in the No. 7 position. Lemmon is coming off a season in which he broke the Quakers’ program record for triumphs (18) in a season.
Series vs. Drexel
*The Quakers are 5-0 all-time against the Dragons, including a 5-4 triumph last year at the Ringe Squash Courts. Penn is 2-0 at the Kline & Specter Squash Center, winning by identical 6-3 margins in both 2012 and 2014.
*In last year’s victory, the Red and Blue achieved triumphs from their four, six, seven, eight, and nine players. Lemmon, Jonathan Zeitels, Max Reed and Murphy all snagged wins for Penn.
Scouting the Dragons
*Drexel, which was slotted No. 9 to begin the new season, is 3-2 so far in the early going. The Dragons hold wins over Franklin & Marshall, Navy and Bowdoin. In what has been a tough slate, Drexel's losses have come against top-ranked Trinity and No. 7 Columbia.
*The Quakers will take a much longer trip this weekend, traveling to take on St. Lawrence on Saturday (noon) and Rochester on Sunday (noon).