Ali Farag (left) and Brandon McLaughlin (right) were named All-Americans by the CSA (photos Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ali Farag and Brandon McLaughlin, both sophomores on the Harvard men's squash team, have been named All-Americans by the College Squash Association. Farag was a first-team selection, while McLaughlin earned second-team honors.
The CSA All-America teams are selected by the CSA executive committee and consist of 10 members on each the first and second teams. To be eligible for the award, players must compete in at least 50% of their team's matches and also play in the CSA Individual Championships.
Farag finished the season with an undefeated 16-0 record during his first season in Cambridge. The Cairo, Egypt native captured the 2012 CSA individual national championship with five consecutive sweeps, including a win over Ramit Tandon of Columbia, 3-0 (12-10, 11-8, 11-4) in the championship match March 4. He went 11-0 during the team's dual season at the No. 1 position to earn Ivy League Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and first team All-Ivy League honors.
McLaughlin was 10-8 overall, including a 3-3 mark in Ivy League contests in 2011-12. The Villanova, Pa., native played the majority of matches at No. 2 for Harvard, posting a 4-6 record in the second spot, while also contributing four wins at No. 1. He helped Harvard to a third-place finish at the CSA Men's Team Championships with a 3-2 (7-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4) victory over Cornell's Alex Domenick in the No. 2 position. McLaughlin went 2-2 at the individual championships.
Harvard will return both of its All-Americans to the 2012-13 squad, which looks to improve on the Crimson's 5-2 Ivy League record and first CSA Men's Team Championship third-place finish since 2007.