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Pair of Top Five Opponents Await No. 2 Men’s Squash

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Stream
Series
Last 
Streak

   No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 3 St. Lawrence
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
 12 p.m.
Murr Center
Ivy League Network
Harvard trails, 5-2
W, 6-3 (Jan. 29, 2017)
W1

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

   No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 15 Cornell
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
 12 p.m.
Belkin International Squash Courts
Harvard leads, 47-2
W, 9-0 (Feb. 5, 2017)
W8

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

   No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 4 Columbia
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
 12 p.m.
SL Green StreetSquash Center
Harvard leads, 7-0
W, 8-1 (Feb. 24, 2017)
W7

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The second-ranked Harvard men's squash team will face two 2017 national semifinalists and current top-five opponents in its return from the winter intersession. On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Crimson will defend its home courts against a third-ranked St. Lawrence squad led by three All-Americans. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network from the Murr Center. Harvard then takes to the road to face No. 15 Cornell on Saturday and No. 4 Columbia in a rematch of its 2017 CSA semifinal on Sunday. 

The showdown of the weekend may be the rematch of Crimson sophomore Saadeldin Abouaish and Columbia's Pool Trophy winner Osama Khalifa. During Ivy League play, Abouaish handed Khalifa his only loss on the year. Khalifa then topped Abouaish, 3-2, in the national seminal that Harvard won, 5-4. Khalifa later won the CSA Individual National Championship without facing Abouaish. The reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Ivy League Player of the Year are both from Cairo, Egypt.

Scouting St. Lawrence
The Saints returned all nine players from its lineup that captured the Liberty League and finished third in the nation last year. No. 3 St. Lawrence opened its year squeaking out wins at No. 8 Princeton, 6-3, and No. 5 Penn, 5-4. First-team All-Americans Ahmed Bayoumy (0-2) and Mohamed El Gawarhy (2-0) have played both their matches on courts one and two, respectively. Second-team All-American Moustafa Bayoumy (2-0) has been competing on court four. St. Lawrence's spots two through seven are 9-1 on the year.

Scouting Cornell
The match versus Harvard will be the first for the Big Red in 2018. Cornell won its first two contests, but dropped three prior to the break. Juniors Andy Muran and Perry Hanson have led the Big Red from courts one and two, respectively, in each match this season. Sophomores Jordan Brail and Ian Rothweiler have interchanged on courts three and four. Harvard leads the all-time series 47-2, with its only two mishaps occurring at Cornell.

Scouting Columbia
The fourth-ranked Lions boasted a perfect 5-0 record heading into the winter intersession, but will face top-ranked Trinity College (3-0) and No. 10 Dartmouth (5-1) in the days preceding their showdown with the Crimson. Columbia's lone loss in 2016-17 league play was suffered at hands of Harvard and ultimately proved the difference in earning the Ancient Eight crown. Defending national champion and two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Osama Khalifa will lead the Lions from court one. The top four will likely consist of seniors Seif Attia and Arhum Saleem in addition to freshman Velavan Senthilkumar. 

About Last Time
Harvard continued its domination of Ivy foe Dartmouth and Cambridge neighbor MIT. The Crimson improved to 76-1 all-time versus Dartmouth and 54-2 all-time against the Engineers. Harvard won all 18 matchups on the weekend, including 13 straight-set victories. 

How It Went Down
First-Team All-American Saadeldin Abouaish resumed command of court No. 1. The reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year fought back against a 2-1 deficit to win against Alvin Heumann of Dartmouth, before making quick work of Joe O'Connor of MIT. All-Ivy selections Timothy Brownell, Madhav Dhingra, and Bradley Smith swept their outings. Sophomore Sean Hughes lengthened his unbeaten streak to 16 matches with a pair of "W"s. Seif Eleinen made his first appearance since his sophomore campaign, defeating MIT's Kong. Mandela Patrick, Theodore Mendez, and Jack Cooper also won in their returns. Freshmen Samuel Scherl, Julien Gosset, and Adam Corcoran won in their collegiate debuts on courts five, six, and nine, respectively.

National Rankings
The Crimson is ranked No. 2 overall in the Dunlop Men's College Association Team Rankings for the second straight week this season.

Returning Swagger
The Crimson returns a lot of potential from a team that reached the Potter Cup finals and finished runner-up at the CSA National Team Championship. The reigning champions of the Ancient Eight feature four All-Ivy League selections in Abouaish, Brownwell, Dhingra, and Smith. 

Rhodes Scholar
Mandela Patrick was named a 2018 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholar in November of 2017. One of nine candidates from the region, he was selected for the honor and will spend two years pursuing masters degrees in computer science and statistics. Patrick's time at Oxford will begin in October of 2018. 

Welcome Back Potter?
Harvard seeks to claim its first Potter Cup since 2014 and return the prize to Cambridge. Trinity College, the current keepers of the cup, will host the CSA National Team Championship from Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25. The Crimson were edged by Trinity, 5-4, in the finals of the 2016-17 national tournament.

What's Next?
The Crimson will enjoy a reception and dinner with the Harvard Club of NYC early next week, before hosting Western Ontario on Saturday, Jan. 20. 

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS