No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 18 Brown
Harvard will head to New Haven for the Ivy Scrimmages this weekend (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team will commence its 2015-16 campaign in preseason action this weekend at the Ivy Scrimmages, hosted by Yale. Harvard will square off against Brown at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday to begin play.
Rank and Order
Harvard enters the season as the No. 2 team in the nation according to the Dunlop 2015-16 Men's College Squash Association Preseason Rankings.
Should Harvard defeat Brown, it would play the winner of the Princeton vs. Penn game later that day at 5:30 p.m. The championship match will be held Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Scouting No. 18 Brown
The Bears posted a 7-9 record a season ago and captured third place in the Summers Cup, defeating Wesleyan in the consolation game, 6-3, and finished at No. 19 in the CSA final rankings.
Harvard has dominated Brown in the all-time series, surrendering only three games over two matches in their 25-game series history.
A Season Ago
Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, guided the Crimson to a 10-4 record a season ago, leading Harvard to claim it's its 40th Ivy League title in program history and third place at the Potter Cup Championships, downing Columbia in the consolation match, 6-3.
Harvard went a perfect 7-0 in Ivy League play last year, marking the second-straight season the Crimson accomplished the feat, outscoring opponents 50-13 last season.
Two freshmen earned All-Ivy recognition for the Crimson in their inaugural campaigns. Bradley Smith was the only unanimous All-Ivy selection for Harvard, posting an 11-3 record and a 7-0 mark in Ivy play while primarily playing at the No. 3 position.
Madhav Dhingra competed exclusively at the No. 1 position, posting a 4-10 record with two Ivy League wins, including one against Trinity's Vrishab Kotian.
After earning 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, Dylan Murray proved why he earned the honors, earning a spot on the All-Ivy team for the second-straight season after posting a 5-2 mark at the No. 2 position.
Ryan in the Ranks
David Ryan posted an impressive rookie campaign, going a perfect 10-0, finishing ranked No. 4 in the CSA individual pools, the highest of any member of the Crimson and earned first team All-America honors for his performance. After missing the first three matches, due to injury, Ryan made an instant impact at the No. 5 and No. 4 positions and helped Harvard capture the Ivy League Championship. Ryan continued his stellar season at the CSA Individual Championships, going 3-1 in Pool Trophy competition and advanced to the semifinals before falling to Trinity's Osama Khalifa.
Harvard returns 14 student-athletes from last season's Ivy League championship squad, losing three to graduation and returns all but one player from its primary top-nine.
Way and the rest of the coaching staff have brought in three of the top freshman from around the world to strengthen an already solid line up. Jack Cooper,Alexi Gosset and Ethan Shoihet will look to make an impact early on for the Crimson.
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Aye, Aye Captain
Juniors Devin McLaughlin and Bryan Koh will serve as captains for the season. After missing his freshman season due to injury, McLaughlin posted an 11-2 record in his collegiate debut season while Koh has gone 23-7 during his time in Cambridge.
Harvard will commence its regular season Dec. 1 at Dartmouth at 5 p.m.
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