Freshman Saadeldin Abouaish collected his first victory for Harvard at the No. 1 position against Dartmouth on Dec. 7 (Gil Talbot).
No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 6 Drexel
No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 7 Penn
No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 11 Princeton
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4 men's squash team is set for three contests this weekend after defeating Dartmouth in its season opener more than a month ago. The Crimson kicks off the road trip against No. 6 Drexel on Friday, before taking on Ivy League foes No. 7 Penn Saturday and No. 11 Princeton Sunday.
Last Time Out
No. 4 Harvard men's squash team opened the 2016-17 season with an 8-1 victory over Dartmouth in Ivy League action on Dec. 7. The Crimson swept all three games from the No. 2 to No. 6 positions, while earning victories at the No. 1 to No. 8 spots.
Bring Out the Brooms
Senior captain Bryan Koh, juniors Bradley Smith, Madhav Dhinga, and David Ryan, along with freshman Timothy Brownell all collected sweeps to begin the year.
First of Many
Freshmen Saadeldin Abouaish and Brownell picked up their first victories as Crimson. Abouiash opened his career with a 3-1 victory at No. 1, while Brownell cruised to a 3-0 decision at No. 4.
Harvard moved up to the No. 4 team in the nation in the most recent polls after coming into the year at No. 5 in the Dunlop 2016-17 Men's College Squash Association Preseason Rankings.
Related Link: Harvard Men's Squash Ranked No. 4 in 2016-17 Dunlop Men's Squash Association Team Rankings
Harvard looks to bounce back from a season in which it posted a losing record (6-7, 5-2 Ivy) for the first time since the 1946-47 campaign. The Crimson last won the Potter Cup in 2014, its first national title since winning five in a row from 1994-98.
Senior Bryan Koh and Devin McLaughlin return as the captains after each served as a co-captain during their junior season. Both were named CSA Scholar-Athletes, while Koh was also selected to the CSA All-America second team. Koh cruised to a 3-0 victory at the No. 6 spot against Dartmouth.
Harvard welcomes back 13 players from a year ago, including five members of the class of 2017. Juniors David Ryan and Bradley Smith, as well as Koh, were named to the All-Ivy team last season.
The Crimson adds four incoming freshmen to its roster for the upcoming season. Saadeldin Abouaish, Timothy Brownell, Sean Hughes and Theodore Mendez will join Harvard for the 2016-17 campaign.
Scouting No. 6 Drexel
Drexel is off to a solid start this season, taking a 6-2 record into the matchup with Harvard. The Dragons have won its last four matches, including a 5-4 win over No. 6 Penn and sweeps against then-No. 24 Bowdoin, No. 15 Middlebury and No. 19 Williams. Drexel fell 9-0 to both No. 5 Columbia and No. 1 Trinity earlier this season.
Scouting No. 7 Penn
Penn has a 3-3 record to begin the 2016-17 campaign. The Quakers began the season with 9-0 wins over No. 12 George Washington and Virginia, and earned a 5-4 victory against No. 8 St. Lawrence on Dec. 7. Penn fell in close contests to No. 6 Drexel and No. 3 Rochester, and was defeated 8-1 by No. 1 Trinity the last time out.
Scouting No. 11 Princeton
Princeton got off to a hot start, taking down No. 13 Franklin & Marshall and No. 12 George Washington to begin the season. Since, the Tigers have dropped its last three contests as it has an overall record of 2-3. All three losses came to top-ten teams (No. 8 St. Lawrence, No. 3 Rochester and No. 1 Trinity).
Harvard men's squash will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 28 when it travels to take on No. 3 Rochester at noon.