Freshman Saadeldin Abouaish moved to 4-1 on the year with a decisive sweep at No. 1 against No. 25 Tufts (Gil Talbot).
No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 1 Rochester
No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 7 St. Lawrence
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4 Harvard men's squash team looks to build on a five-match win streak as it hits the road for contests against No. 1 Rochester and No. 7 St. Lawrence this weekend.
Last Time Out
Harvard (5-0, 3-0 Ivy) earned its fifth-straight win with the 9-0 defeat over then-No. 25 Tufts, while also recording its first clean sweep over an opponent since sweeping Penn on Feb. 14, 2014.
The Crimson opens its season 5-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign. That season also marks Harvard's last national championship, as the Crimson went 18-0 en route to the Potter Cup.
Ivy League Standings
Harvard and Columbia are the only remaining undefeated teams in the Ivy League. The Crimson (3-0 Ivy) has a slight advantage over the Lions (2-0 Ivy), while Yale sits in third (2-1 Ivy).
On the Board
Five different student-athletes recorded their first wins of the season in the last match against the Jumbos. Seniors Will Mendez and Gordon Michas, junior Mandela Patrick, sophomore Jack Cooper and freshman Theodore Mendez all recorded sweeps in their respective matches.
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 12-1, and Brownell and Hughes have yet to drop a single game on the year.
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.
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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.
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. 1 Rochester
Rochester boasts a 7-1 record to begin the 2016-17 campaign. The No. 1 Yellow Jackets entered the year as the third-ranked team in the nation according to the Dunlop Preseason Rankings. Rochester defeated four Ivy League opponents to open the season, before dropping a 5-4 decision to Columbia on Jan. 12. Since, the Yellow Jackets have won three-straight games, including a 5-4 win over No. 1 Trinity. Rochester is 6-0 at home this season.
Scouting No. 7 St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence is off to a 7-1 start this season. The Saints were ranked No. 4 in the Dunlop Preseason Rankings, but a loss to No. 7 Penn on Dec. 4 dropped them in the national rankings. St. Lawrence rebounded with five consecutive wins, including 9-0 wins against No. 4 Yale, No. 12 George Washington and No. 16 Middlebury.
The Crimson returns to the courts with two Ivy League contests against Columbia and Cornell at the Murr Center Squash Courts on Feb. 4-5. Both matches are slated for noon starts.