No. 1 Men’s Squash Aims for Ivy League Title This Weekend

Freshman Sean Hughes remained unbeaten in his career in Crimson with a win at No. 6 against Trinity (Gil Talbot). 


No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 20 Brown
Friday, Feb. 10 / 6 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center
Harvard leads, 26-0
W, 9-0 (Feb. 12, 2016)


 No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 9 Yale
Sunday, Feb. 12 / 1 p.m.
Murr Center Squash Courts
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 73-21
L, 6-3 (Feb. 14, 2016)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard men's squash team looks to capture its fourth Ivy League title in the last five years when it squares off with Brown and Yale this weekend. The Crimson can clinch the championship with two victories, starting with No. 20 Brown at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by No. 9 Yale on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out
The No. 1 men's squash team saw its nine-game win streak to open the 2016-17 campaign come to an end after a 5-4 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Trinity at the Murr Center Squash Courts on Wednesday afternoon. Harvard had its longest win streak since the 2013-14 season snapped by Trinity in a back-and-forth battle in Cambridge. The Crimson narrowly missed taking down the Bantams, dropping two matches after holding a 2-0 lead in games.

Ivy Championship Breakdown
Harvard currently controls its own destiny as the only remaining team that is undefeated in Ivy League action with a record of 5-0. No. 3 Columbia and No. 9 Yale are both tied for second at 4-1, while No. 6 Penn is 3-2 in fourth. If the Crimson can win both contests, it can clinch the championship outright.  

Ivy League History
The Crimson has earned at least a share of the Ivy title in three of the last four seasons. Yale won the championship in 2016, but Harvard won the title outright in 2014 and 2015, along with a share in 2013 when it tied with Princeton.

Chance at Perfection
Harvard has three student-athletes that are still undefeated on the year. Senior captains Bryan Koh and Devin McLaughlin both remain unblemished, as Koh is 9-0 and McLaughlin sports an 8-0 mark, while freshman Sean Hughes is 9-0 in his rookie campaign.

National Rankings
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: No. 1 Harvard Men's Squash Ranked No. 1 in Latest Dunlop Men's Squash Association Team Rankings

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. 20 Brown
Brown boasts a 3-7 record, including 0-5 in Ivy League action. The Bears are a current three-game skid, falling to Princeton and Penn by a score of 8-1. Seniors Alexander Baldock and Alexander Demeulenaere serve as captains for Brown this season.

Scouting No. 9 Yale
The Bulldogs are 7-5 on the year, including 4-1 in Ivy play. Yale is on a four-game win streak that includes recent victories over Princeton, 6-3, and Penn, 7-2. Yale is 3-4 on the road this season.