Koh registered a 3-0 win at Williams (Photo Courtney: Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team will host a pair of Ivy League contests this weekend at the Murr Center. The Crimson will take on No. 7 Princeton on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and No. 13 Penn on Sunday at noon.
About No. 2 Harvard
The Crimson is off to a 5-0 start overall, 1-0 mark in Ivy action, and has swept all five opponents. Twenty one Harvard student-athletes have combined to open the year with a 49-1 overall record in individual matches. Gary Power, Tyler Olson, Dylan Murray, Tom Mullaney, Nigel Koh, Bryan Koh, and Nicholas Hopcroft are tied for the team lead with four wins. Ali Farag, Brandon McLaughlin and Matt Roberts have tallied three wins apiece.
Last Time Out
Harvard extended its current win streak to five consecutive sweeps with a 9-0 win over Williams on Tues., Jan. 7. In the victory, Harvard took eight of the nine matches by 3-0 margins. Senior co-captain Brandon McLaughlin bested Christopher Wilkinson in the top spot to improve to 3-0 on the season. Gary Power also remains undefeated on the year, knocking off Jamie Ruggiero, 3-0 at the No. 2 position.
Related Link: No. 2 Men's Squash Cruises Past No. 18 Williams, 9-0
Harvard's seven freshmen have all made impressive debuts in their first season at Harvard. The group has combined to post a 12-0 mark through the first five matches of their careers. Dylan Murray and Bryan Koh are each 4-0, while Evan Brown, Evan Hahn, Will Mendez and Gordon Michas each have one career win.
Sweep It Up
Harvard swept its first five opponents of the season for the eighth time in program history. The five consecutive sweeps to begin a year is the longest streak since 2004-05. 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.
Assistant coach Luke Hammond is now blogging to give fans an inside perspective of the Harvard men's and women's squash teams. The blog will be periodically updated throughout the season, recapping the latest results while highlighting interesting tidbits about the squad.
Related Link: Harvard Squash Blog
No. 7 Princeton
Princeton, the 2013 Ivy League co-champions, enters the weekend with a 2-2 mark looking to kick off its Ivy League slate strong. The Tigers dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 5 Rochester, Dec. 7 before taking a month long hiatus. Princeton is led by All-Americans Samuel Kang and Tyler Osborn and Michael LeBlanc. Osborn is 3-1 while LeBlanc is the lone Tiger with an undefeated record on the season.
All Time Against the Tigers
Harvard and Princeton have met 83 times in program history with the Crimson holding the advantage, 56-27. In 2013, the two teams traded wins as both squads took home a share of the Ancient Eight Crown. Harvard snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Tigers as the Crimson posted a 5-4 victory on Feb. 23, 2013.
No. 13 Penn
Penn is off to a strong start, finishing the 2013 portion of the season 3-0, the best start to a season since 2006-07. The Quakers will open Ivy League play against Dartmouth before coming to Cambridge to take on the Crimson. Before taking more than a month away from the courts, Penn defeated No. 14 Navy, 6-3. John Dudzik, Jack Maine and Augie Frank remained undefeated with 3-0 marks, while Michael Mutscheller, George Lemmon and Liam Quinn earned their first victories of the year.
All Time Against the Quakers
Harvard owns a commanding 70-2 all-time record against Penn. The Crimson has won the previous 33 matches with its last lost occurring in February 1979. Harvard has swept Penn, 9-0 in its last two meetings.
The Crimson will step out of Ivy Play to finish up its January slate and host No. 4 St. Lawrence and No. 5 Rochester at the Murr Center Jan. 25-26.