No. 6 Harvard (5-5) vs. No. 3 St. Lawrence (14-2)
Harvard will seek its 31st national championship (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 6 men's squash will seek its 31st national championship this weekend at the CSA Team National Championships held at Yale. Harvard will start its Potter Cup campaign with a quarterfinal match Friday against No. 3 St. Lawrence at 2:30 p.m.
The winner of Friday's match will take on the victor of Dartmouth versus Yale in a semifinal match Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The championship match will be held Sunday at 3 p.m.
Last Time Out
With the chance to clinch a share of the Ivy League title on the line, Harvard fell at Yale, 6-3, in its last match of the regular season Feb. 14. The loss snapped Harvard's three-match win streak, it's longest of the season. The Crimson needed a win to clinch a share of the Ivy League title with Yale, but the Bulldogs earned its first win over Harvard since 2012 to win the outright title.
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.
Potter Cup Notes
In 1989, the national champion title was given to the winner of the Potter Cup tournament. Harvard has lifted the Potter Cup nine 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 15 overall. The Crimson won its first Potter Cup in 16 years in 2014 after dominating Trinity, 9-0. However, Trinity reclaimed the Potter Cup last season, taking down St. Lawrence, 7-2.
The Crimson has won the Potter Cup 31 times, the most national championships of any team at Harvard. It's most recent title came in 2014, sweeping all three matches at the championship for its first title since 1998.
Previous Squash National Champions
Harvard – 31 (2014)
Trinity – 15 (2015)
Yale – 12 (1990)
Princeton – 11 (2012)
Navy – 3 (1967)
Scouting St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence finished the regular season with a 14-2 record and is riding a nine-match win streak.
St. Lawrence edged Harvard, 5-4, in its prior match Jan. 18 at the Murr Center Squash Courts. The Crimson battled closely with the Saints as three matches went five games and another trio of matches went four. The contest came down to the final match as Amr Khalifa sealed the third-straight victory for the Saints over Harvard.
Khalifa is one of three finalists for the Skillman Award, given annually to a senior men's squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire career. The senior has posted a 10-0 mark this season at the No. 1 position owns a career mark of 42-4, setting the Saints record for winning percentage in a career (91.3 percent).
Back on Track
Harvard is 10-7 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 6-0 in starting the New Year under Way. The Crimson has also posted a 21-6 record during the month of January under Way, including a perfect 10-0 mark the past two seasons.
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.
Harvard will head to the CSA Individual Nationals March 4-6 in Stamford, Connecticut.
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