PHILADELPHIA -This weekend is a big one at the Ringe Squash Courts for the University of Pennsylvania men's squash team. They will face Brown on Saturday, before taking on No. 4 Yale on Sunday. With two wins, the Quakers will be just two wins away from their first Ivy League title since 1974-74.
SCOUTING BROWN:Brown sits in the No. 16 spot in the CSA rankings with a 4-6 record. They have lost all three of their Ivy matches this season, but are coming off a 7-2 win over Williams College. The Bears have lost their last 20 matches to Ivy League opponents. Their last win came in 2013 over Dartmouth.
THE SERIES WITH BROWN:Penn leads the overall series with Brown, 29-1. The Quakers are 17-1 in Philadelphia against the bears. Last season, the Red and Blue took down Brown in Providence, 9-0.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST BROWN:Bouncing back from a defeat to No. 4 Yale, the 10th-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team defeated No. 13 Brown, 9-0, Sunday afternoon. Penn (7-5, 2-3 Ivy) had little trouble with the Bears (5-5, 0-4 Ivy) winning all but one individual match, 3-0. In the top position freshmanMarwan Mahmoudwent to a fourth game before winning, 3-1. It was four freshman in the top four spots, Mahmoud followed byDerek Hsue,Hayes Murphy, andJames Watson. JuniorAugie Frankwon in the fifth position, while sophomoresRahil FazelbhoyandGeorge Lemmontook the sixth and seventh positions. Winning in the eight spot was juniorTyler Odell, and seniorMichael Mutschellerwon in the ninth position.
SCOUTING YALE:No. 4, Yale will get their shot at Penn on Sunday in a matchup that has potential to decide who takes home the Ivy League title. Yale is currently 8-2 and undefeated in Ivy play, but will face No. 2 Penn, No. 5 Dartmouth, and No. 7 Harvard over the next two weeks.
THE SERIES WITH YALE:Penn trails the overall series with Yale, 22-57, and is 12-26 in West Philadelphia. The last Quaker victory in the series came at Yale in 2006, a 6-3 decision in favor of the Red and Blue in a match that Associate Head Coach Gilly Lane was victorious in the top spot. Last season, the Bulldogs defeated Penn twice, including a 5-4 win a the CSA Championships.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST YALE:The Quakers came up just short in their push to defeat the Bulldogs. A win would have dramatically changed the outlook of the consolation side of the Potter Cup. The Red and Blue wound up one match short, picking up individual wins from freshmenMarwan Mahmoud,Hayes Murphy, andJames Watson, along with juniorTyler Odell.
BULLYING THE DOGS:It's been nine years since Penn has beaten Yale. However, a pair of players have had personal successes against the Bulldogs. Tyler Odell is 3-1 against his foes from New Haven and Hayes Murphy is 2-0 in his young career against Yale. Both players were victorious in both of their meetings with the Bulldogs last season, including the CSA Championships.