PHILADELPHIA - Men's squash will be looking to get back on the winning track Wednesday night after a tough loss in the Ivy opener at the hands of fourth-ranked Princeton this past weekend. Getting back into matches outside of the Ivies, Penn will make its first road trip of the 2011-12 season to Navy (12-3). This match has been moved up a half hour and will now begin at 6 p.m.
The Quakers (1-1) split their first two matches of the season. After staring out with a 9-0 sweep against Drexel, Penn had the tables turned on them Saturday despite playing competitively throughout the ladder. In the first week of play, the Quakers have used the same top three players in each match. Daniel Judd made his season debut at No. 4 against Princeton, moving each player from that spot on the ladder down a position. With Judd in the top-nine, Penn used four sophomores and a pair of freshmen to round out the last six spots on the ladder Wednesday.
Thomas Mattsson has his senior season off to a strong start, winning the opening match at No. 1 against Drexel before falling in four games to the returning national champion, Todd Harrity. Despite the loss, Mattsson picked up just the second game that Harrity has allowed in his past 65 played. Fellow senior Trevor McGuinness also started off with a win against Drexel before a tough loss Saturday at the No. 2 position. Dan Greenberg has played No. 3 in both matches this season. He opened the year with a three-game victory before being edged 3-2 in the match against Princeton.
With Judd now playing No. 4, fellow sophomores Derek Chilvers and John Dudzik have moved back to No. 5 and No. 6. Both Chilvers and Dudzik picked up victories in the match against Drexel. Freshman Michael Mutscheller has been the highest ranked freshman in both matches this season. He won 3-0 against Drexel at No. 6 and moved back to No. 7 against Princeton where he dropped a 3-1 match.
The fourth sophomore currently in the top-nine, Justin Ang, came from behind twice on Saturday, tying his match in the second and fourth games after dropping the first and third, but his opponent would pick up the fifth game to come away with the 3-2 win. Hunter Schlacks rounded out the top-nine for Penn on Saturday. He played deep into the tiebreak in both of his first two games against Princeton, but fell in three games. He is 1-1 this season after winning 3-0 against Drexel.
Navy comes into this matchup as the 15th-ranked team in the country. The Midshipman are coming in after losing three straight, but the last two have been 5-4 matches to Middlebury and Williams. Playing at the top of the ladder for Navy is Andrew McGuinness. McGuinness is the younger brother of Penn's Trevor. The younger McGuinness is 9-3 at No. 1 for Navy this season.
The Midshipman have four players with 10-plus wins already this season. Colin Barry (Nos. 2-4) is 11-2 this season while Hunter Bouchard (Nos. 1-3), Jim Kacergis (Nos. 2-3), and David Koenig (Nos. 5-7) each have 10 wins.
Throughout the ladder Navy has shown they have strong play in every spot. The Midshipman are 15-0 at matches played at No. 9 and 14-1 in matches at No. 3 and No. 8. They are also 13-2 at No. 4 and 12-3 at each of the other six positions.
A year ago, Penn took down Navy 9-0 in their mid December meeting. The Quakers allowed just one game to the Midshipman in that contest. After the meeting with Navy, the men's team will be back at home this Saturday against Williams for the last match before the break. The match will Williams will be played alongside the women's match and will start at 11 a.m.