Freshman Timothy Brownell rolled to two more victories last weekend, giving him an 8-0 record on the season (Gil Talbot).
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 2 Trinity
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a battle between the two top-ranked teams in the country, the No. 1 Harvard men's squash team welcomes No. 2 Trinity to the Murr Center Squash Courts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Last Time Out
No. 1 Harvard (9-0, 5-0 Ivy) won its ninth-straight match as it downed No. 11 Cornell at the Murr Center Squash Courts last Sunday afternoon. The Crimson picked up where it left off after an 8-1 thrashing of No. 3 Columbia Saturday, continuing the longest winning streak since the 2013-14 Crimson won 18-straight.
Making a Statement
Since beginning the year as the fifth-ranked team in the nation, the Crimson has steadily climbed the rankings to the No. 1 spot. Harvard has proven it can be dangerous in the postseason as it has defeated five top-10 teams, including then-No. 1 Rochester and No. 3 Columbia. The Crimson is looking for its first Potter Cup since 2013-14 when it took down Trinity in the finals.
Setting the Tone
Senior captains Bryan Koh and Devin McLaughlin have had no problem leading the Crimson on the court this year. Koh and McLaughlin are a combined 15-0, helping put Harvard in a position to have an impact in the postseason.
Harvard has dominated with its depth all season, and the freshmen have been instrumental to that success. Freshmen Timothy Brownell and Sean Hughes both hold records of 8-0, and freshman Saadeldin Abouaish has been consistent at the No. 1 position with a mark of 7-2.
Ancient Eight Update
Harvard currently sits alone atop the Ivy League standings with a 5-0 mark in conference play. No. 3 Columbia and No. 9 Yale are tied for second at 4-1, and No. 6 Penn has control of fourth at 3-2. If Harvard wins both games, they will clinch the title outright.
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
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. 2 Trinity
Trinity holds a record of 14-1 this season. The Bantams won the NESCAC Championship Tournament this past weekend, taking down Wesleyan, Middlebury and Bates en route to the title. Trinity has a 5-1 record on the road, and is led by senior captains Nicholas Giacco and Afeeq Ismail and junior captain Rick Penders.
Harvard concludes its regular season with matches against Brown and Yale this weekend. The Crimson can clinch the Ivy League title outright with two victories.