By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 10, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 9, 2016 at 7:23 PM ET

Pennsylvania, University of Philadelphia, PA — Penn surprised many after posting an 11-6 record last season. That marked the Quakers’ best record since the 1994 – 1995 season. To cap off the season, Penn defeated Harvard at the 2016 Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships, only their third victory in the all-time series and the first since 1979, to finish as the 5th-ranked team in the nation. During the offseason, Jack Wyant was promoted to the Director of Squash, and assistant coach and Penn grad Gilly Lane was promoted to head coach. In addition, Emery Maine Greenwood will be joining the team as an assistant coach. Penn only graduated their #9 from last season’s Team Championship starting line-up. With 8 returning players and the addition of two experienced freshmen, look for the Quakers to pick up where they left off last season. To make the jump into the top half of the Potter Cup (A Division), Penn needs to improve its win percentage at the top of its line-up. Last season, the lower third of the ladder produced the most wins, which included this season’s captain George Lemmon. Lemmon broke the Penn single-season record by posting a 18 victories last season. With the experienced gained last season, Penn could be in contention for the top half of the Potter Cup.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-6

Final Ranking: 5

Team Championships: 5th in the Potter Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 4 of 6… Top 3 Win%: .451… Middle 3 Win%: .588… Lower 3 Win%: .765…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gilly Lane (head coach) and Jack Wyant (Director of Squash)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Marwan Mahmoud (2018 – MCSA First Team All-American; All-Ivy League Team); 2. Hayes Murphy (2018 – All-Ivy League Team; Academic All-Ivy; MCSA Second Team All-American); 3. Karim Tarek Hussein (2019); 4. Anders Larson (2018); 5. Max Reed (2019); 6. Derek Hsue (2018); 7. James Watson (2018); 8. George Lemmon (2017); 10. Jonathan Zeitels (2019);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 9. Tyler Odell (2016); 11. Liam Quinn (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • David Yacobucci (Greenwich, CT – Brunswick School)
  • Wil Hagen (Princeton, NJ -The Hun School of Princeton)

Captain: George Lemmon

Team Goals: Ivy League championship and national title

Key Matches: All matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2016-2017 College Squash Season Previews page.