PHILADELPHIA - After wrapping up the non-conference portion of the regular season schedule, men's squash will look to improve its Ivy League record as Brown and Yale visit the Ringe Squash Courts this weekend. The Quakers (6-4, 0-3 Ivy) and Bears (6-4, 0-3) will each be searching for their first Ivy League wins this season on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Sunday, Penn welcomes No. 1 Yale (11-0, 3-0 Ivy) to University City. The Bulldogs took over the top spot after ending Trinity's 252-match winning streak earlier this season.
Dan Greenberg picked up Penn's lone win in his last match. His five-game win was the Quakers' first over Trinity since the 2004 season. It was also his first win since moving back into the No. 2 position. Overall, he has three wins this season. Thomas Mattsson is currently 4-4 this season at the No. 1 position. This ties his previous season-high for victories at No. 1.
Derek Chilvers and Michael Mutscheller also are tied for the team lead with four wins this season. Chilvers had has two-match winning streak snapped at No. 6 against Trinity. He is currently 4-4 this season. Mutscheller was also riding a two-match winning streak prior to his match at No. 8 against Trinity. He is 4-3 this season.
Jack Maine enters play this weekend at an even 3-3. He just missed Penn's second win at No. 9 against Trinity, falling in five games to snap his personal two-match winning streak. Justin Ang also enters the weekend with three wins overall. All three of them have come in 3-0 sweeps.
Daniel Judd, Trevor McGuinness and John Dudzik all enter this weekend with two wins in the top-nine. Judd has been playing a career-high No. 3 on the ladder since the start of January. He will be looking for his first win at that position this weekend.
McGuinness is coming off three straight matches where he won games, but came out on the wrong side of four-game matches. Dudzik has followed the same pattern as the senior co-captain. Both of Dudzik's wins this season have come in 3-0 sweeps.
Freshmen Oscar Mattsson, who has been a regular at No. 10, and Hunter Schlacks each have wins inside of the top-nine in their first seasons at Penn. Matt Sheridan picked up a win in his only match inside of the top-10 in the first match against Drexel.
Brown comes into this weekend ranked 16th and is currently slotted to take part in the Hoehn Cup along with Penn. The Bears started out the season with three straight wins and after struggling in the middle portion of the season look to be finishing strong after winning two in a row. Brown is led by No. 1 Blake Reinson (8-2) and No. 2 Brad Thompson (6-4).
Last season, Penn defeated Brown on the road, 7-2. In that match, the Quakers won five matches in straight games. One of those victories was Mattsson over Thompson at the No. 1 position, while Reinson fell at No. 3 for the Bears.
Yale will come into Sunday's match after a meeting with Princeton on Saturday. The Bulldogs have four victories via 9-0 sweeps. After dropping tight matches to Trinity in each of the last couple years, Yale finally broke through with a 5-4 win. The Bulldogs are coming off a 7-2 win against Navy in their last outing. Contrasting Penn's youth in the ladder, Yale has four seniors and four juniors on the current roster. Last season, the Bulldogs swept Penn in New Haven.
These two matches mark the second to last weekend of play in the Ivy League. After this weekend's play, the final home and away matches await Penn next week. The Quakers will host Columbia on Friday, February 10 before traveling to Cornell that Sunday, February 12 for the regular season finale.
The series with Brown:
Overall: Penn is 24-1
At Penn: The Quakers are unbeaten in 11 matches
Current streak: Penn has won 11 in a row
Last season: Penn won on the road, 7-2
Last Brown win: February 25, 2000 at Hoehn Cup, 5-4
-Of all the teams Penn has played at least 20 times, it has the highest winning percentage against Brown
The series with Yale:
Overall: Yale is 52-22
At Penn: Yale has won 22 of the 33 meetings
Current Streak: Yale has won the last seven matches
Last season: Yale won on the road, 9-0
Last Penn win: December 2, 2006 at Yale, 6-3
-These two schools have played every year since 1953