PHILADELPHIA - Princeton proved worthy of its third overall ranking Saturday afternoon at the Ringe Squash Courts, downing men's squash 9-0. The Quakers (1-1) definitely closed the gap between the two schools from a year ago, playing several tightly contested matches throughout the ladder, but just could not put together the necessary points in those tight situations.
A year ago, Penn took just two games total in the match against the Tigers (3-0); however, this year's contest saw Penn claim games in five different matches inside the top-nine. Dan Greenberg and Justin Ang, playing at No. 3 and No. 8 respectively, each played tight five-game matches, but would both come up a few points short in their decisive fifth games.
Greenberg led 2-1 after an 11-9 win in the second game and a convincing 11-2 victory in the third; however, his opponent would reel off two consecutive 11-6 games for the victory. Ang tied the match at one-all and two-all with second and fourth game victories, but dropped his fifth game, 11-8
Playing at the top of the ladder, Thomas Mattsson gave returning National Champion Todd Harrity everything he wanted and more. Mattsson knotted the match at one-all with an 11-9 victory in the second game. In the third game, he had the score tied at nine-all, but Harrity won the next two points before taking the final game and the match, 11-6. Mattsson's second game win against Harrity was just the second game that Harrity has dropped in his past 66 played.
Derek Chilvers also found himself down a game early, but rebounded with an 11-8 victory in the second. Like Mattsson, he dropped a hard-fought 11-9 third game before falling in four games. Michael Mutscheller, playing at No. 7, also rallied from down 1-0 with an 11-7 win in the second game. His opponent would also respond with third and fourth game victories.
At each of the even numbered matches Princeton came away with three game victories to jump out to the early lead in the first round of matches. However, each of these four matches had at least one game that was decided by two points or less. Outside of the top-nine, Matt Sheridan won his exhibition match at No. 11 for Penn. He rallied from a 2-0 hole to pull out a 3-2 win in the final match to finish play.
The Quakers will be back in action this Wednesday for their first road match of the season. The men's team will take the trip to Navy for a 6:30 p.m. showdown. Penn will close out play for the 2011 portion of the schedule next Saturday against Williams.
Princeton 9, Penn 0
No. 1: Todd Harrity (Prin) def. Thomas Mattsson (Penn) (3-1), 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3
No. 2: Chris Callis (Prin) def. Trevor McGuinness (Penn) (3-0), 11-8, 11-3, 11-6
No. 3: Tyler Osborne (Prin) def. Dan Greenberg (Penn) (3-2), 11-7, 9-11, 2-11, 11-6, 11-6
No. 4: Clay Blackiston (Prin) def. Daniel Judd (Penn) (3-0), 11-9, 11-5, 11-9
No. 5: Samuel Kang (Prin) def. Derek Chilvers (Penn) (3-1), 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4
No. 6: Steve Harrington (Prin) def. John Dudzik (Penn) (3-0), 11-2, 11-6, 13-11
No. 7: Dylan Ward (Prin) def. Michael Mutscheller (Penn) (3-1), 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5
No. 8: Ash Egan (Prin) def. Justin Ang (Penn) (3-2), 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-8
No. 9: Taylor Tutrone (Prin) def. Hunter Schlacks (Penn) (3-0), 19-17, 15-13, 11-4
No. 10: David Hoffman (Prin) def. Oscar Mattsson (Penn) (3-0), 11-4, 11-6, 11-8