PHILADELPHIA – Rounding out its toughest stretch of matches facingits third top-10 opponent in five days, the 11th-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team fell to second-ranked Trinity, 7-2, Wednesday evening inside the Ringe Squash Courts.
The Quakers (5-3, 1-1 Ivy) dug deep against the highly ranked Trinity team (9-0), managing to wrestle away two matches, giving the Red and Blue their best finish against the Bantams since their last in 1996. Prior to Wednesday, Penn had been defeated by a 9-0 or 8-1 score the last 18 times the schools met.
In the fifth position, freshman James Watson won in straight games, defeating Bantam senior Moustafa Hamada – 11-2, 11-1, 11-3.
In a hotly contested No. 1 match, freshman Marwan Mahmoud outlasted Trinity senior Vrishab Kotian, winning 3-1. Mahmoud dropped the first game of the match, before taking the next three – 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.
Freshman Anders Larson won his first two games in the fourth position, before coming up short in the final three, ultimately losing 3-2.
The Penn men will now have the weekend off before heading just next door to take on neighbor Drexel (0-4) on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Dragons will be busy before taking on the Quakers, playing four matches between now and Wednesday.