Freshman Thomas Mullaney finished the regular season with a 10-2 record (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 6 Harvard men's squash team will take on No. 3 Princeton in the first round of the 2011 CSA Men's National Team Championships Feb. 25. Harvard will serve as the host of the event, with the Murr Center Squash Courts serving as the epicenter of the action this weekend.
The Crimson and Tigers will square off at 2 p.m. Fri., Feb. 25, at the Murr Center Squash Courts. The match will be one of three first-round matchups occurring at 2 p.m. No. 1 Trinity will face No. 8 Franklin & Marshall, while No. 4 Rochester and No. 5 Cornell do battle. No. 2 Yale and No. 7 Dartmouth kick off the quest for the Potter Cup at 11 a.m., Friday morning.
The College Squash Association, in conjunction with Harvard University Athletics, will be streaming live action 15 hours this weekend. On Friday and Saturday the stream will be available noon-6 p.m., while on Sunday the stream will be available noon-3 p.m. for the championship match.
Coverage of the following matches will be available during Friday's coverage: Trinity-Franklin & Marshall, Rochester-Cornell, Princeton-Harvard, Dartmouth-Yale, George Washington-Hamilton, Wesleyan-Colby, Stanford-Amherst, Tufts-Colgate, Northeastern-Connecticut, and Bard-Vermont.
The streaming portal can be found here.
The Crimson enters the championship tournament holding a 7-5 record. Harvard went 4-5 after starting the season 3-0, including losing its last three matches of the regular season. The match against Princeton will be a rematch of the Feb. 6 meeting of the teams, a match the Tigers won 7-2.
Thomas Mullaney finished the regular season with Harvard's best individual record, 10-2. Mullaney was undefeated in the No. 7 (6-0) and No. 9 spots (2-0). Nigel Koh and Gary Power each finished the season with 9-3 individual records.
The Tigers are 10-2 entering the weekend, having lost only to No. 1 Trinity (6-3) and No. 2 Yale (5-4). Half of Princeton's victories this season have been 9-0 sweeps.
Princeton won four of its last five regular season matches. Wins over No. 7 Dartmouth, No. 6 Harvard, No. 4 Rochester and No. 16 Navy surrounded a loss at home to No. 1 Trinity.
The winners of the Trinity-Franklin & Marshall and Rochester-Cornell matches will meet in the semifinals Saturday at noon. The other semifinal match will follow at 3 p.m., featuring the winners of the Princeton-Harvard and Yale-Dartmouth matches.
The championship match will take place Sunday at noon. A complete bracket with match times can be found here.