PHILADELPHIA - After picking up a 9-0 sweep of Drexel to jump start the season, men's squash (1-0) gets into the heart of its schedule with the Ivy League opener against Princeton this Saturday. The Tigers (2-0) come into the match with a sweep of their own against Middlebury and a 7-2 victory over eighth-ranked Franklin & Marshall earlier this year. Princeton is currently ranked third in the nation. The men's match will begin at 1 p.m. and be followed by the women's match at 3:30 p.m.
The Quakers looked sharp in their season debut Wednesday night against Drexel, dropping just one game inside the top-nine. Senior co-captains Thomas Mattsson and Trevor McGuinness held down the top two slots in the ladder, while Dan Greenberg added a win at No. 3 to give Penn a very experienced top third of the ladder.
Sophomores Derek Chilvers and John Dudzik each moved into the middle third of the ladder for the first match of the season. Both second year players cruised to three-game victories. Freshman Michael Mutscheller played the highest up on the ladder of any of the incoming freshman. He made his Penn debut at No. 6 and allowed just six points in his first collegiate action.
The third sophomore to play in the season opener against Drexel, Justin Ang, played No. 7 Wednesday night. Joining him in the final third was a pair of freshman, Hunter Schlacks and Oscar Mattsson. Schlacks and the younger Mattsson each finished their first matches at Penn with 3-0 sweeps. Two more freshmen, Matt Sheridan and Cole McCourt each debuted outside of the top-nine, but both picked up wins.
Princeton also boasts a very experienced top-three, which includes the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year and National Champion from a season ago, Todd Harrity. Harrity, a native of Philadelphia, became the first American-born player to win a collegiate squash championship last season. Going back to last year, he has dropped just one game in the last 64 that he has played. His only lost game during this span came against Franklin & Marshall earlier this season.
Christopher Callis has played No. 2 in each of the Tigers' first two matches, while Kelly Shannon, a first-team All-American from last season, rounds out the top third of the ladder. Princeton has also shown incredible depth to its ladder as they are undefeated from the fourth through ninth slots on the ladder.
A season ago, Princeton came up with the 9-0 victory against Penn on the Tigers' home courts. Despite several chances to take games throughout the ladder, the Quakers won just two games in the top-nine. Sophomore Daniel Judd was one of the two players that picked up a game in his match at No. 7.
After the Ivy League opener this weekend, the men's team have its first road trip of the season, heading to Navy for 6:30 p.m. start this upcoming Wednesday. Following the match with Princeton, Penn will have just one more home match before the New Year.