Farag Named Ivy League Co-Player of the Year; McLaughlin Also All-Ivy

Ali Farag earned his second Ivy League Player of the Year Award Friday (Dale Walker).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Ali Farag of the Harvard's men's squash team was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Year and also a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy team, the league office announced on Friday. Junior Brandon McLaughlin joined him on the all-conference team.

The duo guided Harvard to a 17-3 overall record and 6-1 mark in the Ivy League to earn a share of the Ancient Eight crown for the first time since 2006. The pair then guided the Crimson to a second-place finish at the College Squash Association team championships.

Farag, who was named Ivy League Player of the Year and Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, went 16-2 on the season, including a perfect 6-0 record in the Ivy League at the No. 1 position. The Cairo, Egypt native reached the semifinals of the CSA individual championships before succumbing to eventual national champion Amr Khaled Khalifa in a five-game match in the semifinals.

Farag is the fourth men's squash student-athlete to take home Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, and the first to accomplish the feat since Daniel Ezra '98 did so in 1997 and 1998.

McLaughlin earned his first All-Ivy selection after a 14-5 junior year. The Villanova, Pa., native compiled a 6-1 record in the Ivy League and completed his season in the second round of the CSA Individual Championship.