Earlier in the MIAA squash season, Boys’ Latin defeated McDonogh 4-3, but on Thursday afternoon the Eagles turned the tables on the Lakers with a 5-2 win at the Meadowmill Athletic Club in a battle for second place in the MIAA A Conference.  Both teams are now at 6-2 in the loop, and both have clinched a playoff spot.  They will likely face each other again in the playoffs.

“We will be the 2 and 3 seeds in the playoffs, and we will most likely play in the semifinals,” said BL’s Mike Mutscheller who won his match over Foster Hoff in a battle of number ones.

“Foster Hoff is a great player,” said Mutscheller, who will attend Penn next season.

Mutscheller and Hoff are expected to meet again in the individual squash championships later in the year. The winner will try to cop the individual crown from Gilman’s Taylor Tutrone, the three-time defending champ in the one hole. (Both Tutrone and Gilman’s David Hoffman are nationally ranked.)

McDonogh captains Brandon Weiss and Matt Brown won their matches over BL’s Spencer Ward and Job Bedford.  Brown said that BL is always hard to beat.

“Last year we lost to them twice and then beat them in the playoffs,” said Brown. “Anything can happen.”

“I got my drop shots in well, and I sort of put the ball away early (against Job) and I didn’t give him a chance to keep the point going.”

Both teams trail Gilman (8-0) by two games  in the conference. The Greyhounds, who haven’t lost a match in the league for four years are the prohibitive favorites to win the crown again.  The Eagles and Lakers will vie for the right to gain a title shot against the Hounds in next month’s playoffs.

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#1-Mutscheller (BL) def Hoff (McD) 3-0
#2-Weiss (McD) def Ward (BL) 3-1
#3-Brown (McD) def Bedford (BL) 3-1
#4-Cromwell (McD) def Adams (BL) 3-0
#5-Hauver (McD) def Porter (BL) 3-1
#6-Tinerii (McD) def Parriott (BL) 3-2
#7-Riordan (BL) def Stoyenko 3-0