No. 5 Harvard (0-1) vs. No. 1 Penn (6-0)
Harvard will host a pair of Ivy League foes to start the New Year (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 5 men's squash will kick off a five-game home stand as it hosts a pair of top-10 teams in Ivy League action this weekend. The Crimson opens up against No. 1 Penn Saturday at noon and follow with another noon contest against No. 7 Princeton on Sunday. Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard was upset by Dartmouth in its season opener, falling 5-4 Dec. 1 to close out 2015. Dartmouth handed Harvard its first loss in the all-time series and snapped the Crimson's 73-game win streak against the Big Green.
The Crimson fell to 0-1 on the season and suffered its first season-opening loss since the Crimson dropped a 5-4 decision at Western Ontario Dec. 3, 1977.
Back on Track
Harvard is 9-5 in games when coming off of a loss under the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University Mike Way.
New Year, Same Result
Harvard is 5-0 in starting the New Year under Way. The Crimson also have posted a 19-3 record during the month of January under Way, including a perfect 10-0 mark the past two seasons.
David Ryan earned his first career victory at the No. 1 position, earning a sweep and won by a total game score of 33-16. The sophomore improved his career record to 11-0 and is the only member of the Crimson to have an unblemished career record.
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. Harvard has never dropped more than three Ivy League contests in a season.
Aye, Aye Captain
Juniors Devin McLaughlin and Bryan Koh will serve as captains for the season. Koh earned his first career victory in the top-3, earning a 3-0 win at Dartmouth at the No. 2 position while Devin McLaughlin earned a 3-1 victory at the No. 5 position.
Scouting No. 1 Penn
Penn is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 1985-86 season. The Quakers have downed two top-four teams this season and will take on Harvard in its Ivy League opener.
Senior Tyler Odell was honored as the Harrow Sports Player of the Week Dec. 9 after leading the Quakers to upset of then No. 4 Rochester and No. 3 St. Lawrence the weekend of Dec. 5-6. The senior has posted a 5-0 mark to start the season and won the deciding match in Penn's 5-4 victory over St. Lawrence.
Scouting No. 7 Princeton
Princeton is 2-6 on the season and will start its Ivy League play Saturday at Dartmouth before heading south to Cambridge for Sunday's contest. The Tigers lone wins this season came in a pair of 8-1 decisions over Navy Nov. 22 and Williams Dec. 5.
Harvard will host St. Lawrence Jan. 18 in a 1 p.m. contest.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third 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 Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.