NEW HAVEN, CONN. -For the first time since 1979, the University of Pennsylvania men's squash team defeated Harvard on Sunday in the consolation finals of the CSA Team Championships. The win is just the Quakers third in program history over the Crimson and gives the Quakers fifth place in the CSA, their highest finish since 2007.
Sunday's win was no easy task, with only one player earning a 3-0 win. Tyler Odell was the lone Quaker to sweep his opponent. Odell completed his college career with 11-5, 12-10, and 11-5 wins.
Max Reed closed out the win for Penn after he fell behind 2-0. Reed lost the first two games 13-11, but bounced back to win the final three in dominant fashion.
James Watson also needed five games to earn his point. Watson fell behind 2-1, but used a gutsy 13-11 victory in the fourth game to fuel a 3-2 win.
After starting his career winless in the postseason, George Lemmon improved to 3-0 at the CSA Team Championships in 2016 with a 3-1 win. Lemmon required 17 points to take his first game.
Hayes Murphy was the only Quaker in the top three to pick up a point on Sunday. Murphy lost his first game before winning the next three, including a 14-12 match-winner.
Anders Larson secured the fourth position for the Quakers. Larson won his first two games by narrow margins, but worked his way to an 11-6 game to finish his day.
Finally, Derek Hsue was victorious in the final two games of his match to round out the Quakers 7-2 win. Hsue wasted little time in the fourth game, winning 11-2.
Penn finishes the season with an 11-6 record and will return 13 of 16 players for 2016-17.