No. 3 Harvard at No. 1 Trinity
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 3 Harvard men's squash team concludes its regular season at No. 1 Trinity on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The rematch of the 2017 Collegiate Squash Association's National Championship between the Crimson (11-1, 6-1 Ivy) and the Bantams (14-0) will be at Kellner Squash Center and streamed on NSNSports.net.
Fifteen student-athletes return from last year's Potter Cup bout, including sophomore No. 1s Saadeldin Abouaish of Harvard and Kush Kumar of Trinity (video). The possibility for matchups at slots one through five and at No. 9 exists, but is unlikely given the altered lineups this season. Graduated are the Crimson's Bryan Koh and Dylan Murray, as well as the Bantam's Affeeq Ismail. The Crimson has lost four straight to the Bantams – the program's only active losing streak this millennium.
Harvard has played well all season and looks to close out its regular season with a bang. Saadeldin Abouaish is expected to play at No. 1 as he has all season. Timothy Brownell, Sean Hughes, and David Ryan should make up the top four. Ryan (11-0) and Hughes (12-0) are the only two Crimson in the lineup with eight or more wins to remain undefeated. Madhav Dhingra, Alexi Gosset, and Adam Corcoran rebounded from their first losses of the season to pick up wins in their final Ivy League contests. Bradley Smith also earned his sixth straight win.
The Bantams have not lost since Feb. 27, 2017 (Rochester, 5-4). Against opponents currently ranked in the top five, Kush Kumar, Thoboki Mohoho, Rick Penders, and Michael Craig have occupied slots one through four, respectively, in each match this year. The quartet held these same positions in the Potter Cup final a year ago.
The rest of the ladder has seen some shuffling. In the middle, Tom De Mulder has split time with Ziad Sakr at No. 5. Omar Allaudin and Aryaman Adik typically follow Sakr in the lineup against higher-ranked opponents. James Evans, Andrew Lee, and Yehia Essam are also options for the remaining slots.
About Last Time
The third-ranked Harvard men's squash team closed out its Ivy League campaign on Sunday, defeating No. 13 Brown, 9-0. The Crimson swept all nine matches to shutout the Bears (7-7, 1-6 Ivy) for the 25th time in 28 all-time meetings.
Seniors Mandela Patrick (3-0) and Seif Eleinen (2-0) saw action at spots No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, seizing the opportunity to pick a win and close out the season with an undefeated individual record. Sophomore Sean Hughes bumped up to No.2, picking up his 26th straight win. Senior David Ryan (11-0) capped his final Ivy match with his 11th win on the year.
The Crimson stayed at No. 3 in the Dunlop Men's College Association Team Rankings. Trinity (14-0) maintained its No. 1 standing as the only undefeated program this season.
It's Gonna Be Hughes
Sophomore Sean Hughes carries a 26-match win-streak into Tuesday's competition. The Newton Square, Pa., native went 14-0 at No. 4, 5, 6, and 8 as a freshman. Hughes is 2-0 at No. 2 and 10-0 at No. 3 this season.
Mandela Patrick was named a 2018 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholar in November of 2017. One of nine candidates from the region, he was selected for the honor and will spend two years pursuing master degrees in computer science and statistics. Patrick's time at Oxford will begin in October of 2018.
The Crimson returns a lot of potential from a team that reached the Potter Cup finals and finished runner-up at the CSA National Team Championship. The reigning champions of the Ancient Eight feature four All-Ivy League selections in Abouaish, Brownwell, Dhingra, and Smith.
Welcome Back Potter?
Harvard seeks to claim its first Potter Cup since 2014 and return the prize to Cambridge. Trinity College, the current keepers of the cup, will host the CSA National Team Championship from Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25. The Crimson were edged by Trinity, 5-4, in the finals of the 2016-17 national tournament.
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The men will be supporting the women's team in its quest for a fourth straight national title. Harvard hosts the Women's CSA Team Championship Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 18 in the Murr Center. The men's squad will pursue their own championship beginning on Friday, Feb. 23 at Trinity.