February 10, 2010

No. 5 Men's Squash Closes Out Regular Season at No. 2 Yale

Pictured: Freshman Jason Michas boasts a 5-1 record at the No. 5 position in his rookie season.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography


Live Video of Saturday's Match at Yale (with subscription)
Ivy League Standings

The Particulars:
No. 5 Harvard travels to No. 2 Yale Saturday for the final match of the regular season.  The Crimson, which sits at 4-1 in the Ivy League, is hoping to grab a share of the Ivy League title with a win over the Bulldogs.  Harvard is 5-3 overall, while Yale stands at 10-1 and 5-0 in the Ancient Eight.  Princeton is also in the running for an Ivy League title, as they sport a 5-1 mark in conference matches.

Harvard, which last won a share of the Ivy League title in 2006, has claimed 36 Ancient Eight titles in program history, the most of any school for squash.

Follow From Home:
For a subscription, live video is available for the main courts of Harvard's men's and women's matches at Yale.  Score updates will be delivered to keep fans fully informed on all of the off-screen matches.  The cost to watch either the men's or women's match is $6.95, while the cost to watch both Harvard teams compete against Yale is $11.95.

Last Time Out:
The Crimson earned victories at the No. 1 and 2 slots, but could not pick up a win elsewhere, as No. 4 Princeton defeated Harvard at the Barnaby Courts Feb. 7.  Colin West topped Todd Harrity at the No. 1 position, 3-1 (11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9), while Richard Hill handled Christopher Callis, 3-1 (8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5).

About Harvard:
The Crimson owns a 5-3 record coming into the weekend and is 4-1 against Ancient Eight opponents after picking up a split last weekend in matches against No. 8 Penn and No. 4 Princeton. At the No. 1 spot, Colin West has an impressive 7-1 record, while Richard Hill is 5-3 at the No. 2 position, J. Reed Endresen has a 5-3 record at the No. 4 slot and Jason Michas has won five of his six matches at the No. 5 position.

About Yale:
The Bulldogs have won three straight matches, downing Navy, 8-1, Jan. 23, Princeton, 5-4, Jan. 30 and Brown, 6-3, Feb. 6.  Yale has also topped Penn, 9-0, Dec. 5, Dartmouth, 8-1, Jan. 9 and Cornell, 9-0, Jan. 16 in other Ivy League matches.  Against the Bears, Yale won the top six matches, as the Elis clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title.

Last Year’s Meeting:
The Crimson and the Bulldogs last met at the Barnaby Courts Feb. 11, 2009, a 5-4 win for Yale.  Harvard's Colin West picked up a win at the No. 1 position, while Niko Hrdy (No. 3) , J. Reed Endresen (No. 5) and Richard Hill (No. 6) also defeated opponents in a narrow victory for the Elis.

Down the Stretch:
After facing Yale in the regular-season finale Saturday, Harvard will prepare for the CSA Team Championships, hosted by the Bulldogs Feb. 19-21.  The Crimson placed fourth in last year's tournament, defeating Cornell in the opening round.

League Supreme:
Harvard and Princeton have won 52 combined Ivy League championships. The Crimson and the Tigers have won 34 of the past 35 Ivy League titles. The teams shared the crown in 1988-89. Yale has also earned a share of two Ivy League championships during that stretch and won the crown outright in 1990.

It's Been a Great Run:
Saturday's match is the final regular season contest for Harvard seniors Franklin Cohen, Alex Lavoie and Colin West. The three Crimson players have combined for 58 career individual victories and helped the Crimson win 26 matches over the past four seasons.