PHILADELPHIA – What does a team do for an encore after defeating the No. 4 team in the nation? They defeat the No. 3 team the following day. That is precisely what the University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team was able to do on Sunday at the Ringe Courts. The Quakers pulled out a pressure packed, 5-4 win over No. 3 St. Lawrence.
James Watson got Penn started with a 3-1 win in the sixth position, followed by Jonathan Zeitels earning a 3-2 win that gave the Quakers an early, 2-0 lead. Derek Hsue finished off the first set of matches with an impressive 3-2, comeback win to maintain Penn’s two match advantage.
George Lemmon put the Quakers within one win of their second upset win in as many days when he ran away with a 3-0 win at the nine position.
All tied at four, the final game of the match came down to a fifth game. Tyler Odell worked his way to an 11-7 win and was mobbed by his teammates, celebrating another victory over a top 5 opponent.
If picking up two top five wins in the same weekend wasn’t enough, the Quakers defeated Williams 9-0 shortly after their impressive feat.
Penn won 27 of 30 games en route to their fifth win of the season. Highlighting the second match of the day was Alex Norman competing at the nine spot on the ladder for the first time as a Quaker. He worked his way to a 3-2 win.
The Quakers will now wait over a month until competing again. They will take on Harvard on the road on January 9.