PHILADELPHIA – Finishing the season in the College Squash Association Potter Cup, the University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team finished the season seventh in the country, completing the year with a 9-8 overall record and a 3-4 Ivy League record.
Penn’s nine victories mark the most for the men’s team since the 2007-08 season, and the Quakers made back-to-back appearances in the Potter Cup for the first time since 2008 and 2009.
Individually, freshman Marwan Mahmoud was the program’s first CSA All-America player since 2011-12, earning second-team. Mahmoud was also named All-Ivy, and compiled a 15-6 overall record in the top spot on the ladder, including a 6-1 Ivy League record.
Penn kicked off the season with four straight victories, three on the road over Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin, before a win at home versus Navy. After a close ,5-4, defeat to Franklin & Marshall, the Quakers picked up their first Ivy win of the year over eighth-ranked Dartmouth, 7-2.
After back-to-back defeats to No. 5 Harvard and No. 2 Trinity, Penn defeated Drexel, before falling to No. 8 Princeton and No. 4 Yale. The Red and Blue bounced back with two Ivy wins at Brown and at home on Senior Night versus Cornell. Before the match against the Big Red, Penn recognized it seniors – captain Jack Maine, Will Michele, and captain Michael Mutscheller.
Penn ended the regular season at Columbia, falling to the Lions, but qualifying for the CSA Potter Cup. In the team championships at Trinity, the Quakers lost their first two matches against No. 1 Trinity and No. 5 Yale, before exacting revenge over No. 7 Franklin & Marshall, winning 6-3.
Rounding out the season, Penn sent five individuals to the CSA Individual championships – Marwan Mahmoud, Derek Hsue, Hayes Murphy, Anders Larson and James Watson. Larson saw the most success in the event, falling in the Molloy Cup consolation finals.