HARTFORD, Conn. - Heading into the College Squash Association Team National Championships ranked eighth in the country, the University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team improved its final positioning, finishing No. 7 overall after splitting a pair of weekend matches.
The seventh place finish in the country is the Quakers best since the 2008-09 season, when they also finished seventh in the top-flight Potter Cup.
Penn (9-8) fell to Yale on Saturday, 5-4, before defeating Franklin & Marshall, 6-3, on Sunday in its final match of the season.
The Quakers came up just short in their push to defeat the Bulldogs (11-6) Saturday. A win would have dramatically changed the outlook of the consolation side of the Potter Cup, as Penn has lost its last 11 matches to Yale, including a 7-2 decision earlier this season. The Red and Blue wound up one match short, picking up individual wins from freshmen Marwan Mahmoud, Hayes Murphy, and James Watson, along with junior Tyler Odell.
On Sunday, the Quakers wrapped up their regular season with a win over the Diplomats (13-9), avenging a 5-4 loss in the regular season. Penn saw individual wins from Mahmoud, Murphy, and fellow freshmen Derek Hsue and Anders Larson, along with junior Augie Frank, and sophomore Rahil Fazelbhoy.
Finishing eighth a year ago in the Potter Cup, the Penn men’s team was returning to consecutive Potter Cups for the first time since 2008 and 2009. The Quakers improved upon their overall record and CSA ranking from a year ago, picking up one more win, and one more position in 2015.