ITHACA, N.Y. - The Penn men's squash team opened its season Saturday with losses to Cornell and Western Ontario in a meet held at Cornell. The Quakers fell to their Ivy League foes 5-4 before dropping the match with Western Ontario, 7-2. Junior Andrew Zimmerman was the only Quaker to earn victories in both matches.
Against Cornell, Zimmerman gave Penn its first victory of the match when he won from the No. 4 spot. Junior Parker Justi, freshman William Browne, and senior captain Ryan Rayfield gave the team consecutive wins from the sixth through eighth positions, but junior Nick Malinowski dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision out of the ninth spot as the Big Red survived with the victory.
Freshman Porter Drake and senior Spencer Kurn also turned in hotly-contested sets during the match, as Drake lost 3-2 and Kurn fell 3-1.
Senior captain Lee Rosen got the Quakers off to a good start against Western Ontario, winning his match-up 3-1. Unfortunately for the Red and Blue, Zimmerman's 3-1 victory from the fourth spot was the team's only other victory in the match. Sophomore Ryan Rufe and Kurn each dropped 3-2 sets as the Quakers fell.
The team is next in action on December 1, when they open their home schedule by hosting Yale. The match is scheduled to start at noon.