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No. 2 Men's Squash Starts 2014 With Trip to Williams

Freshman Murray owns a 2-0 record in the No. 4 position (Photo Courtsey: Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team kicks off the New Year with a trip to Williamstown, Mass., to take on the No. 18 Ephs of Williams in the team's first contest since Dec. 7.

Last Time Out
Harvard remains undefeated as it recorded its fourth consecutive shutout by defeating No. 9 Western Ontario, 9-0, Dec. 7 at the Murr Center. Ali Farag swept Albert Shoithet, 11-3, 11-3, 11-6, at the No. 1 position as the Crimson won six of the nine matches by a 3-0 margin.

Related Link: No. 2 Men's Squash Sweeps Western Ontario, 9-0

About No. 2 Harvard
The Crimson is off to a 4-0 start overall, 1-0 mark in Ivy action, and has swept all four opponents.  Twenty one Harvard student-athletes have combined to open the year with a 39-1 overall record in individual matches. Ali Farag leads the Crimson with three wins in the No. 1 position, while Brandon McLaughlin has claimed two victories in the second position and Gary Power owns a 2-0 mark in the third position.

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Sweep It Up
Harvard swept its first four opponents of the season for the 12th time in program history. The four consecutive sweeps to begin a year is the longest streak since 2006-07. Harvard's program record for consecutive shutouts to begin a season is six, which the Crimson did it 2004-05, 1991-92 and 1972-73.The program record for shutouts in a season is 12, set by the 1991-92 team and equaled by the 1994-95 squad.

Fresh Faces
Harvard's seven freshmen have all made impressive debuts in their first season of intercollegiate squash. The group has combined to post a 10-0 mark through the first four matches of their careers. Dylan Murray and Bryan Koh are each 3-0, while Evan Brown, Evan Hahn, Will Mendez and Gordon Michas are each 1-0.

All Time Against Williams
Harvard and Williams will face off for the 68th time in program history with the Crimson holding the advantage 66-1. Harvard last fell to Williams on Dec. 16, 1949. The Crimson has swept the Ephs 26 times in program history, including the previous two meeting between the teams.

Scouting the Ephs
Williams enters the weekend with a 4-7 overall record. In the team's last outing the Ephs swept Colby, 9-0 before falling to St. Lawrence, 8-1.

Up Next
The Crimson continues its regular season this weekend at the Murr Center when the squad welcomes Ivy League foe Princeton on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Penn on Sunday, Jan. 12.