PHILADELPHIA – It’s been nearly two weeks since the University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team defeated Dartmouth in their last match, 5-4. The Quakers have used all 13 of those days preparing for their toughest test of the season as they head to Hartford, Conn. on Saturday to face No. 1 Trinity.
Trinity is a perfect 10-0 this season and has won 15 of the last 17 national championships, including a title last season. The Bantams have taken down all four Ivy opponents they’ve seen so far this season with 9-0 wins over Dartmouth and Columbia and 8-1 triumphs over Cornell and Yale.
Penn has not defeated Trinity since 1996, but with a No. 3 ranking and two wins over top-five opponents this season, the Quakers see this as their best chance to take down the perennial powerhouse.
Team co-captain Tyler Odell leads the Quakers with a 5-2 record, but will look to right the ship after dropping his last two matches. The Quakers have had valuable contribution from the bottom of the ladder this season, but will look to Anders Larson and Marwan Mahmoud at the top to find their strokes against a very tough opponent.