Harvard fell to the Saints in a 5-4 decision for the second time this season (Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 6 Harvard men's squash faltered to No. 3 St. Lawrence in the opening round of the Potter Cup, 5-4, after overcoming an early deficit to fall in the decisive final flight Friday afternoon at the Brady Squash Center.
The loss marks the first time Harvard (5-6, 5-2) has fallen in the opening round of the Potter Cup since falling to Princeton in 2011. Saint Lawrence (15-2) edged Harvard by one game once again, matching the score from its previous match Jan. 18.
Jack Cooper earned the lone win for Harvard in the opening wave, going the distance at the No. 9 position for his first win of the season.
Harvard stormed back to tie the match at 3-3 in the second flight. Dylan Murray made quick work of his opponent, earning a sweep at the No. 5 position for his seventh win of the season, while Mandela Patrick secured his sixth victory of the season at the No. 8 spot.
Seif Eleinen cruised to a sweep at the No. 7 position to give Harvard the lead, but the Saints answered, blanking the Crimson in the final two matches to seal the 5-4 win.
Harvard will face No. 7 Dartmouth tomorrow in a consolation semifinal at 9 a.m.
No. 1 Amr Khaled Khalifa def. David Ryan (H) - 3-0
No. 2 Moustafa Bayoumy def. Bradley Smith (H) - 3-0
No. 3 Ahmed Bayoumy def. Bryan Koh (H) - 3-1
No. 4 Lenard Puski def. Madhav Dhingra (H) - 3-0
No. 5 Dylan Murray (H) def. Hussien Elrayes - 3-0
No. 6 George Willis def. Alexi Gosset (H) - 3-1
No. 7 Seif Eleinen (H) def. Lockie Munro - 3-0
No. 8 Mandela Patrick (H) def. Tim Lasusa - 3-1
No. 9 Jack Cooper (H) def. Ness Billmoria - 3-2