PHILADELPHIA – Regular season squash will get underway this weekend for the University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team, as the Quakers travel to Maine to face Bates and Colby on Saturday, followed by a matchup with Bowdoin on Sunday.
Ranked ninth in the CSA preseason poll, Penn (0-0) will be competing in its first regular season matches of the year, after participating in Ivy Scrimmages on Nov. 8-9. The Red and Blue will be led by senior captains Jack Maine and Michael Mutscheller.
The Quakers will face No. 13 Bates (3-1) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, before facing No. 23 Colby (2-0) at 5 p.m. later that evening. On Sunday, Penn will square off against No. 22 Bowdoin (1-2) at 11 a.m. before returning home to Philadelphia.
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SCOUTING BATES: The Bobcats come into the matchup with Penn having four matches under their belt, with wins over Connecticut College, Wesleyan (Conn.), and Hamilton. Their only loss has come to Trinity (Conn.) in their season opener. Junior Ahmed Abdel Khalek leads the way for Bates playing at the No. 1 position, and is 4-0 thus far this fall.
THE SERIES WITH BATES: Penn is 5-1 all-time against Bates, last playing the Bobcats in the 2013 Hoehn Cup, falling 5-4. The Quakers faced Bates in the regular season in 2012, winning the matchup, 5-4.
SCOUTING COLBY: The Mules have begun their season with two wins, 9-0, over M.I.T. and Northeastern. Leading the way for Colby are freshman William McBrian and sophomore C.J. Smith playing in the No. 1 and 2 positions.
THE SERIES WITH COLBY: The Quakers and Mules have previously met only three times, and haven’t met since the 2001 season. Penn has won all three matchups against Colby – 8-1 in 2001, 6-3 in the Hoehn Cup in 2000, and 9-0 in 1995.
SCOUTING BOWDOIN: The Polar Bears have faced a challenging schedule to begin the season losing to Franklin & Marshall and Trinity (Conn.), but picking up a victory over Connecticut College. Bowdoin has sophomore Matt Cooper playing in the No. 1 position, and saw eight players win matches in its victory over Connecticut College.
THE SERIES WITH BOWDOIN: Penn holds a 6-0 advantage over Bowdoin in their all-time series, with the Quakers winning 9-0 in their last matchup in 2008. They have faced twice in the Hoehn Cup, with Penn coming out on top 7-2 in 2002, and 5-4 in 2000.
PENN 2014-15 CAPTAINS: The Quakers are led by senior captains Jack Maine and Michael Mutscheller this season. Maine is in his second year of being a captain and finished with an 8-7 individual record last season playing primarily in the No. 7 and 8 positions. Mutscheller played primarily in the No. 5 or 6 position a season ago, and finished with a 9-6 overall record. Both finished with 4-3 records in Ivy play.
QUAKER NEWCOMERS: Penn welcomes five new faces to the men’s squash team in 2014-15, and will look to the freshman to make an immediate impact. The new players are Derek Hsue, Anders Larson, Marwan Mahmoud, Hayes Murphy, and James Watson. More information on the freshman class is available by clicking here.