Freshman Sean Hughes earned two more victories at the No. 6 position last weekend as he moved to 6-0 on the season (Gil Talbot).
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 3 Columbia
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 11 Cornell
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard men's squash team welcomes No. 3 Columbia and No. 11 Cornell to the Murr Center Squash Courts this weekend, Feb. 4-5, as it looks to take sole possession at the top of the Ivy League standings.
Last Time Out
The No. 1 Harvard men's squash team (7-0, 3-0 Ivy) earned its seventh-straight victory with a 6-3 win over No. 7 St. Lawrence last Sunday afternoon. Harvard also defeated No. 1 Rochester, 6-3, a day earlier.
The Crimson recorded its fifth defeat of a top-10 team this season with the victory over No. 7 St. Lawrence. Harvard has also taken down No. 1 Rochester, No. 6 Penn, No. 5 Drexel and No. 9 Dartmouth.
Pursuit of Perfection
Harvard is on its longest win streak since the 2013-14 season, when it finished 18-0 and captured the national title for the first time since 1998.
Follow the Leader
Senior captains Bryan Koh and Devin McLaughlin have set the tone for the Crimson this season. Koh and McLaughlin are a combined 11-0 and have been a sturdy foundation for the undefeated Crimson all year.
Harvard's rookies have been instrumental to its success in 2016-17. Freshman Timothy Brownell and Sean Hughes are both a perfect 6-0 on the year, while freshman Saadeldin Abouaish has been a dominant force at No. 1 with a mark of 5-2.
Ancient Eight Update
The Crimson is currently tied with Columbia atop the Ivy League standings at 3-0. Yale holds the third spot at 2-1, and Penn rounds out the top four with a 1-1 mark in league action. Harvard is the only remaining undefeated team in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard is ranked No. 1 overall 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. 1 in 2016-17 Dunlop Men's Squash Association Team Rankings
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. 3 Columbia
Columbia enters the matchup against the Crimson with an 8-1 record. The Lions are tied with Harvard for first in the Ivy League at 3-0 in conference play, and Columbia is currently riding a seven-match win streak. The Lions recently defeated Cornell and Brown by scores of 8-1, along with handing Yale a 7-2 defeat.
Scouting No. 11 Cornell
The Big Red holds a 6-6 record, including 1-2 in Ivy League play this season. Cornell won its first three matches to open the season, before dropping five of its next seven. The Big Red is coming off an 8-1 loss to Columbia on Jan. 29, and will take on Dartmouth Saturday, Feb. 4.
Harvard returns to the courts for a matchup with No. 2 Trinity on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Cambridge at 4 p.m.