PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's squash team fell just short against Yale, falling 5-4 in a match that head coach Craig Thorpe-Clark said "showed a lot of heart." Now 0-3, the Quakers have improved steadily in each of their matches thus far this season, and took national powerhouse Yale to the brink before falling.
"I think the team rose to the level of the occasion," said Thorpe-Clark. "We competed very well. Yale probably feels happy to have escaped with a victory."
The match began with No. 3 Spencer Kurn and No. 6 Joey Raho giving the Quakers an early lead with two victories. Kurn won in three games, 9-8, 9-3, 9-2, while Raho took four to complete his victory (9-4, 9-2, 5-9, 9-5).
The Quakers could not capitalize on the early advantage, though, and fell behind 4-2 heading into the final set of matches. Lee Rosen won at No. 1 (7-9, 9-2, 9-7, 9-3) and James Clark won at No. 4 in his first collegiate match (9-2, 9-10, 9-4, 5-9, 9-2), but the Quakers could do no more and fell, 5-4.
Penn will be back in action tomorrow when they face Brown at 11 am. The Quakers will again be looking for their first victory of the season.