No. 2 Men's Squash Returns Home for Three Weekend Matches

No. 2 Men's Squash Returns Home for Three Weekend Matches

Koh posted a 3-0 record at Dartmouth (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 men's squash team will continue its season with a three-game home stand this weekend at the Murr Center.  The Crimson will face No. 16 Drexel and No. 37 Boston College on Friday before taking on No. 9 Western Ontario Saturday.

Schedule of Events
Friday, Dec. 6
Harvard will first take on Drexel at 5 p.m. before returning to the courts to take on local rival Boston College at 7 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 7
The Crimson and Western Ontario will begin action at 11:30 a.m.

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Last Time Out
Harvard kicked off its season in style on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Dartmouth as the squad swept the Big Green, 9-0. Ali Farag, Brandon McLaughlin and Gary Powers posted 3-0 records in the top three spots for the Crimson. Seven Crimson athletes posted a 3-0 record, including Ali Farag, Brandon McLaughlin, Gary Powers in the top three spots.

Welcome Back
Harvard returns 20 members of last years' squad with reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Farag and fellow All-American Brandon McLaughlin anchoring the returnees. Farag returns for his final season after posting a 16-2 mark at the No. 1 position and reached the CSA Individual National Championship semifinals. McLaughlin finished 14-5 as a junior.

Second is the Best
In the College Squash Association preseason rankings, Harvard was ranked as the second best team in college squash. The Crimson sits behind No. 1 Trinity. In the latest CSA poll, the Crimson remains in the second position.

New Faces
Four freshmen will join the squad for the 2013-14 season. Bryan Koh, Devin McLaughlin, Gordon Michas and Dylan Murray make up the class of 2017. Two hail from New York, while one calls Singapore home and the other comes from Pennsylvania.

About No. 16 Drexel
Drexel carries a 2-4 record into this weekend. The Dragons posted wins over Georgetown and Williams while falling to Navy, Franklin & Marshall, Cornell and Williams. The team is led by Justin Singh and Ibrahim Bakir.

About No. 37 Boston College
Boston College will look to repeat at the Chaffee Cup at the Men's National Team Champion for the third straight season.  The Eagles welcome Milo Watanabe, Sam Henderon, Josh Ko, Nick Gadsden, Ted Glick and Britt Gordon.

About No. 9 Western Ontario
The Mustangs of Western Ontario will look to improve on a 9-4 record from last season and a first place finish in the Hoehn Cup. The Mustangs will be led by Albert Shoihet and James Vanstaveren while welcoming Devin Hinchey and Nick Guest to the roster.

Up Next
Harvard will take a month long break before returning to the courts when the Crimson travels to Williamstown, Mass., to take on the Ephs of Williams on January 7.