Potter Cup tournament bracket features three teams that the Crimson fell to this season. (Zach Williamson)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 3 Harvard men's squash will defend its 2014 Potter Cup title this weekend at the CSA Men's Team National Championship tournament, hosted by top-seed Trinity College. The Crimson comes in as the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 seed Rochester, Friday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
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Cups for Days
Since 1942, when college squash started recognizing national champions, the Crimson has been crowned the best team in the nation a staggering 31 times.
Between 1942 and 1988, a national champion was awarded the Association Trophy, given to the team that finished with the best overall record. During this time period Harvard earned the title on 23 occasions. Legendary coaches Jack Barnaby and Dave Fish were at the helm during this time of unprecedented success. Under Barnaby's tutelage the Crimson was crowned national champions 16 times, including 10 of 11 between 1963 and 1974. Fish led Harvard to seven titles including six in a row from 1983-1988.
In 1989, the national champion title was given to the winner of the Potter Cup tournament. Harvard has lifted the Potter Cup eight times. The Crimson dominated the 90's, under Steve Piltch and Bill Doyle, taking home seven during the decade, closing out its run at the top in 1998. Rival Trinity then burst on to the national scene with its first Potter Cup in 1999 and would go on to win 13-consecutive titles and 14 overall. The Crimson won its first Potter Cup in 16 years last season after dominating Trinity, 9-0.
Harvard now looks to usher in a new era of dominance with its title defense this weekend. In its history, the Crimson has successfully defended its title 12 times.
This season's team features four players that have experience playing in a Potter Cup final. 2014's championship squad returns three players that took the court in last year's final against Trinity. Dylan Murray, Bryan Koh and captain Tyler Olson all helped Harvard bring home its first Potter Cup since 1998. Olson and junior Matt Roberts were on the court when the Crimson fell to Trinity in 2013's Potter Cup final.
The Crimson will rely on many fresh faces at this year's CSA Team Championships, including three freshmen. Seif Eleinen, David Ryan and Bradley Smith have all been heavily featured in the Crimson's top-nine this season. Smith competed in every match, compiling a 10-1 record playing exclusively in the top three. Ryan took over the No. 5 positon early on for Harvard, closing the regular season a perfect 7-0. Eleinen came on late for the Crimson, but made six starts, going 5-1 heading into the team championship tournament.
About No. 6 Rochester
The Yellow Jackets ended the 2014-15 season 10-4. The Crimson traveled to Rochester in December and played out one of its most exciting matches of the season, with the Yellow Jackets coming out on top, 5-4. Rochester also scored a 5-4 win against No. 1 Trinity at home in January. The Yellow Jackets are led by sophomore Mario Yanez Tapia, who amassed a 12-2 record, playing exclusively at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
With a victory over the Yellow Jackets, the Crimson will play the winner of St. Lawrence and Franklin & Marshall, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. If Harvard was to fall to Rochester it would play the loser of St. Lawrence and Franklin & Marshall, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m.