No. 1 Men’s Squash Travels to New York for Match With No. 10 Columbia

Liam Rotzoll eyes down his shot
First-year Liam Rotzoll is 4-0 on the season (Photo Courtesy/Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Top-ranked Harvard men's squash (4-0, 3-0 Ivy) travels to Manhattan this weekend for yet another top-10 Ivy League matchup. The Crimson will take on No. 10 Columbia at the SL Green StreetSquash Center on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 pm.

Harvard owns a 10-1 advantage against the Lions in the all-time series and has won the past two contests with its Ivy League foe. Last time the two teams squared off a year ago, the Crimson swept the Lions by a score of 9-0.

The Crimson enters the contest red hot, coming off a pair of big victories over No. 3 Penn (W 8-1) and No. 4 Princeton (W 9-0). Overall, in 2019-20, the Crimson is 34-2 and remains unbeaten at the first through the sixth pairings.

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What to Know

  • Senior Captain Saadeldin Abouaish, junior Samuel Scherl and first-years Liam Rotzoll and Ayush Menon are all a perfect 4-0 on the season.
  • Defending National Champion Victor Crouin has exploded onto the scene in 2019-20. In a pair of matches at the first pairing last weekend, Crouin won by a combined score of 66-37.
  • Marwan Tarek dominated as well last weekend, winning both his matches by a combined score of 66-27.

Leading the Way
Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Harvard University and James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence, is in his 10th season as the head coach for both men's and women's squash. Way is coming off a historic 2018-19 season in which both his teams won the Ivy League and national title. In addition, Way coached the individual national champion in each division. Victor Crouin won the Pool Trophy and Gina Kennedy earned her second Ramsay Cup a year ago.

Next Up
The Crimson will return to the Murr Center to host two more top-10 teams in No. 5 Drexel on Saturday, Jan. 25 and No. 7 Rochester on Sunday, Jan. 26.