PHILADELPHIA – The eighth-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team came up one match short in its first defeat, falling to No. 12 Franklin & Marshall 5-4, on Sunday afternoon in Ringe Courts.
Penn (4-1) was unable to capitalize in key moments late in matches in the loss, and Franklin & Marshall (5-2) wrestled away victories in the first three positions on the ladder to claim the victory.
Bright spots for the Quakers were 3-0 victories by junior Liam Quinn in the fifth position, and freshman James Watson in the sixth position. In the eighth position, junior Augie Frank overcame a 2-0 deficit en route to a 3-2 individual match victory. Freshman Anders Larson, picked up a 3-1 win, rounding on the Red and Blue points.
Sunday’s match finishes competitive play for the Quakers before the New Year. The Penn men’s team will travel to the United Kingdom over winter break for a training trip taking place Dec. 27 to Jan. 5. The team will return to Philadelphia and begin the rest of the season, beginning with Ivy rival Dartmouth at home on Jan. 10. at 12 p.m.