No. 4 Men’s Squash Hosts No. 25 Tufts Saturday

Senior captain Devin McLaughlin is 3-0 at the No. 9 position to begin the year (Gil Talbot).


   No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 25 Tufts
Saturday, Jan. 21 / 3:15 p.m.
Murr Center Squash Courts
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 13-0
W, 9-0 (Dec. 1, 2012)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4 Harvard men's squash team welcomes No. 25 Tufts to the Murr Center Squash Courts on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3:15 p.m. The Crimson is 4-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.

Last Time Out
Harvard (4-0, 3-0 Ivy) kept its momentum going against No. 11 Princeton after two wins over No. 6 Drexel and No. 7 Penn to open the weekend. The Crimson overpowered the Tigers throughout the match en route to an 8-1 victory, including seven three-game sweeps.

Follow the Leader
Senior captains Bryan Koh and Devin McLaughlin have set the tone for the Crimson, recording a combined 7-0 record to begin the season. Koh is 3-0 at No. 7 and has a win at No. 6, while McLaughlin is 3-0 at No. 9.

Fantastic Freshman
Harvard freshmen Saadeldin Abouaish, Timothy Brownell and Sean Hughes have been instrumental to the Crimson's early season success. The three rookies are a combined 10-1, and Brownell and Hughes have yet to drop a single game on the year.

National Rankings
Harvard is currently the No. 4 team in the nation in the most recent polls after coming into the year at No. 5 in the Dunlop 2016-17 Men's College Squash Association Preseason Rankings.

Related Link: Harvard Men's Squash Ranked No. 4 in Dunlop 2016-17 Men's College Squash Association Team Rankings

Looking Back
Harvard looks to bounce back from a season in which it posted a losing record (6-7, 5-2 Ivy) for the first time since the 1946-47 campaign. The Crimson last won the Potter Cup in 2014, its first national title since winning five in a row from 1994-98.

Veteran Experience
Harvard welcomes back 13 players from a year ago, including five members of the class of 2017. Juniors David Ryan and Bradley Smith, as well as senior Bryan Koh, were named to the All-Ivy team last season.

Scouting No. 25 Tufts
Tufts is currently 8-2 and is ranked No. 25 in the nation. The Jumbos have won four of their last five contests, including a 7-2 victory over Haverford in its most recent match on Jan. 13. Junior Braden Chiulli, along with sophomores Aidan Porges and Brett Raskopf serve as the captains for Tufts this season.

Up Next
Harvard men's squash returns to action with two road contests against No. 3 Rochester Jan. 28 and No. 8 St. Lawrence on Jan. 29.