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Men’s Squash Tops Cornell, Finishes Third in the Nation

Brandon McLaughlin came back from two games down to top Alex Domenick and propel Harvard to third place at the CSA Men's Team Championship with a 5-4 win over Cornell Sunday afternoon.

PRINCETON, N.J. – On the final day of the College Squash Association (CSA) Men's Team Championship, No. 4 Harvard secured a third-place finish with a 5-4 win over No. 6 Cornell behind three wins in the top four positions Sunday afternoon. Ali Farag, Brandon McLaughlin and Nick Hopcroft came up with wins in the top half of the lineup for the Crimson and victories at No. 8 and No. 9 carried Harvard past Cornell.

The Crimson (16-4, 5-2 Ivy), which had its first top-three finish since the 2006-07 season, finished second in program history for wins in a season (17, 1950-51), as Harvard reached 20 matches played for the first time since 1955-56.

With the exception of Farag at No. 1, who swept Nicholas Sachvie, 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-4), all individual matches between Harvard and the Big Red (13-7, 4-3 Ivy) were competitive. Four matches were pushed to a fifth game and four others had 3-1finals.

Jason Michas and Brandon McLaughlin provided the most thrilling matches of the day. Each found themselves in 2-0 holes to start their respective contests before mounting furious comebacks.

Michas began his march after a tight third game. The junior co-captain took the third, 11-9, and continued his momentum into the fourth (11-8) and fifth (11-6) to top off Todd, 3-2 (4-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6), in the No. 8 position.

After falling 11-7 and 11-6 to start the match against Alex Domenick, McLaughlin dominated the remaining three games at No. 2. The Villanova, Pa., native took the last three, 11-4, 11-7 and 11-4, to win the match, 3-2.

Nick Hopcroft also lost his first game of the day, falling 9-11 to open the match against Aditiya Jagtap, but rebounded for three straight wins. Hopcroft eased past Jagtap in the final three games, allowing just 11 points for a 3-1 (9-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-4) win.

Thomas Mullaney handled Rishi Jalan in the No. 9 spot, 3-1 (11-9, 14-12, 9-11, 11-4).

Members of the Crimson will continue the season March 2 at the CSA Individual Championship in Amherst, Mass.

Results
No. 1 Ali Farag (H) def. Nicholas Sachvie (C), 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
No. 2 Brandon McLaughlin (H) def. Alex Domenick (C), 3-2: 7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4
No. 3 Thomas Spettigue (C) def. Gary Power (H), 3-1: 11-4, 14-12, 4-11, 11-7
No. 4 Nick Hopcroft (H) def. Aditiya Jagtap (C), 3-1: 9-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
No. 5 William Hartigan (C) def. Tyler Olson (H), 3-2: 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 6-11, 11-6
No. 6 Arjun Gupta (C) def. Nigel Koh (H), 3-1: 11-2, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5
No. 7 Owen Butler (C) def. Zeke Scherl (H), 3-2: 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7
No. 8 Jason Michas (H) def. Ryan Todd (C), 3-2: 4-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
No. 9 Thomas Mullaney (H) def. Rishi Jalan (C), 3-1: 11-9, 14-12, 9-11, 11-4
No. 10 Bryan Keating (C) def. Will Ahmed (H), 3-1: 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9