Harvard Concludes Ivy League Play by Visiting Brown, Hosting Yale

Harvard Concludes Ivy League Play by Visiting Brown, Hosting Yale

Matt Roberts is one of two freshmen in the top 10 of the ladder for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

Scene Setter
The No. 3 Harvard men's squash team finishes Ivy League play by visiting Brown Thursday night and hosting Yale Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Crimson entertained Columbia, Cornell and MIT over the weekend and sent all three home with losses. Harvard topped Columbia, 8-1, as No. 1 Ali Farag bested Ramit Tandon, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5, in a rematch of last year's CSA Individual Championship match. Six of the other seven Crimson victors swept his respective match. On Sunday, Harvard edged Cornell, 6-3, by winning the top two and bottom two positions and splitting the middle five. In the showdown against the Engineers, the Crimson cruised, winning all nine contests by 3-0 margins.   

Related Article: Harvard Men's Squash Beats Cornell, 6-3, and Blanks MIT, 9-0
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About No. 3 Harvard
After winning the three matches over the weekend, the Crimson is 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League. Four players are tied for the team lead in victories with nine. Tommy Mullaney is 9-0, and Matt Roberts, Brandon McLaughlin and Sam Goldberg are all 9-1. Ali Farag and Jason Michas sit one win back, holding identical 8-0 marks. As a team, Harvard is 111-16 in individually.

About No. 18 Brown (Team Page)
The Bears sit at 7-8 overall and 0-5 in conference play entering today's contest. Brown lost to Princeton, Yale and Cornell, 9-0, Columbia, 8-1, and Penn, 6-3, in conference play.

Series History Against the Bears
Brown has never beaten Harvard, falling in all 21 matches between the two schools. The Crimson has swept 19 of the 21 meetings, including the last four.

About No. 4 Yale (Team Page)
The Bulldogs are 10-2 overall and 4-1 in Ivy League action. Yale's only two losses have come to two of the three teams ranked ahead of them in the polls, dropping a 7-2 decision to Trinity and a 6-3 one to Princeton. Harvard and Yale met at the Ivy League scrimmages earlier this year with the Crimson pulling out a 5-4 win.

All-Time Record vs. the Bulldogs
Since the teams first met in 1925, Harvard has won 71 of 92 all-time meetings. The Bulldogs edged the Crimson in the last matchup between the programs Feb. 12, 2012, 5-4. The Crimson's last win came Nov. 11, 2011, a 5-4 victory in New Haven, Conn.

Zeroing In
Harvard swept its first three opponents of the season for the 21st time in program history before finally losing a match to No. 6 Rochester. The three consecutive sweeps to begin a year is the longest streak since Harvard swept the first four matches of 2006-07. Harvard's program record for consecutive shutouts to begin a season is six, which it 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. Thus far, Harvard has swept nine of its 14 opponents.

Coach's View
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 and highlighting other interesting tidbits about the squad.

Related Link: Harvard Squash Blog 

Undefeated Ali
Junior Ali Farag is a perfect 24-0 in his Harvard squash career. The Egypt native went 16-0 last season, including an 11-0 mark at the No. 1 position, en route to the individual CSA title and is off to a 8-0 start this year.

Leading the Way
Mike Way, The Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, returns for his third season at the helm of the Crimson. In just over two seasons, his teams have posted a combined 38-11 mark, including a 16-4 record last year. Both of his assistants, Reg Schonborn and Luke Hammond, are back for 2012-13, as well.

Up Next
Harvard concludes the regular season against Trinity Tuesday at 6 p.m.