Men's Squash Hosts No. 8 Franklin & Marshall Thursday

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The series with Franklin & Marshall:
All-Time Series:
Penn leads 35-9
At Penn: Penn has a 17-4 record
Last season: Penn lost 8-1 at Franklin & Marshall
Current Streak:
Franklin & Marshall's 2011 win snapped Penn's 11-match winning streak in the series
Last Penn win: February 20, 2010 at Hoehn Cup, 6-3
Last Franklin & Marshall win at Penn: February 9, 2000 (W, 5-4)
Series Notables:
- Franklin & Marshall has only defeated Penn two years in a row three different times in the series history
- The last time the Diplomats won two in a row against Penn was in the 1994-95 meetings.

PHILADELPHIA - With another shot at a team currently ranked ahead of them, men's squash welcomes No. 8 Franklin & Marshall to the Ringe Squash Courts Thursday night for at 5 p.m. showdown. The Quakers (3-3) are looking to getting back to their winning ways on the home courts as they are coming off a tough weekend of Ivy League play. Franklin & Marshall (3-4) is coming off a 2-1 weekend and will host Saint Lawrence Wednesday before meeting Penn.

During the time off over the winter break, several players saw their positions move up and down on the ladder this past weekend. Thomas Mattsson remained a constant at the No. 1 spot. He is currently 3-3 this season and is looking to bounce back from his first back-to-back losses this season. Dan Greenberg returned to his No. 2 position from a season ago. The junior has a pair of wins this season.

Daniel Judd played the two highest ranked matches of his career this weekend at No. 3. Senior co-captain Trevor McGuinness found himself at the fourth position on the ladder, while John Dudzik moved back into the No. 5 position on the ladder. All three of these players each have two wins so far this season.

Derek Chilvers played No. 6 and picked up a five-game win over Dartmouth, his third win of the season and first career Ivy win. Justin Ang picked up Penn's only sweep of the weekend at No. 7 against Dartmouth. He is also 3-3 on the season.

Two freshmen, Michael Mutscheller and Jack Maine rounded out the ladder this past weekend. Mutscheller (No. 8) is currently a team-best 3-2 after his five-game win against Dartmouth. The third five-game winner of the weekend, Jack Maine (No. 9), sits at 2-2 so far this year. Oscar Mattsson and Hunter Schlacks are the only other players to pick up wins inside of the top-nine so far this season.

Franklin & Marshall has three common opponents so far this season with Penn. Both schools have been edged out by Dartmouth, 5-4. The Diplomats also have a loss to Princeton, 7-2, and a win against Williams, 7-2. Playing at the top of the ladder for the visitors has been the de Melo's. Gabrielle (No. 1) is currently 3-4 this season and a year ago defeated Mattsson in four games. Guilherme (No. 2) is currently unbeaten through his first seven matches. Last season, he defeated Greenberg in a tight five-game match.

Last season, Franklin & Marshall downed Penn, 8-1, snapping the Quakers' 11-game winning streak in the series. Penn picked up games in six different matches, but was only able to come away with one victory in the top-nine.

After the mid-week match on Thursday, Penn will have the upcoming weekend off. The Quakers next road trip will take them to Trinity on Sunday, January 29. The Quakers resume Ivy League play at home the first weekend in February.