Monrad notched her first collegiate win at Dartmouth (photo courtsey: Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The top ranked women's squash team will welcome No. 14 Drexel and No. 28 Boston College to the Murr Center on Saturday Dec. 6
Schedule of Events
5 p.m. Harvard vs. Drexel
7:30 p.m. Harvard vs. Boston College
Last Time Out
The two-time reigning national champions, kicked off its season with a 9-0 sweep at Dartmouth on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Seven Crimson athletes posted a 3-0 record to help secure the win. All-Americans Amanda Sobhy and Haley Mendez swept their opponents in the top two spots. Rookies Katie Tutrone, Dileas MacGowan and Caroline Monrad notched their first career wins at the No. 4, No. 7 and No. 10 positions respectively.
Despite losing three to graduation, the Crimson still returns two-time defending Ramsey Cup champion Sobhy and fellow All-American Mendez. Sobhy, who was named Ivy League Player of the Year, posted a perfect 15-0 record while Mendez went 15-3. Overall, the Crimson returns six of its top nine for the 2013-14 season. Harvard also returns Michelle Gemmell, who earned second-team All-America honors, Saumya Karki, Juliana Chu and Megan Murray.
Six freshmen will join the Crimson in its attempt to capture its third straight national title. Morgan Breitmeyer, Emily Jones, Dileas MacGowan, Keegan Mendez, Caroline Monrad and Katherine Tutrone make up the class of 2017.
Still the One
In the College Squash Association preseason poll, the Crimson was selected as the favorite to repeat as national champions. Harvard is followed by archrival Trinity, the team it defeated in the finals at last year's CSA team championship.
Senior Natasha Anzik and junior Mendez were both elected team captains prior to the start of the season. Anzik posted an 8-0 mark last season, while Mendez went 15-3 primarily out of the three spot.
About No. 14 Drexel
Drexel enters the weekend with a 2-3 record for the 2013-14 season. The Dragons swept Johns Hopkins, 9-0, and narrowly defeating Williams, 5-4 while dropping games to Franklin & Marshall, Cornell and Princeton. The Dragons return its top six players from last season including Damindhi Udangawa, Kaitlyn Money and Katie Barnes while welcoming Mary Fung-A-Fat and Elisa Money.
About No. 28 Boston College
The Eagles, who finished last season as the top ranked club team in the nation, return four of the nine members from the squad including Lilly Havens and Cassie Burke. Boston College welcomes new faces highlighted by Courtney Alpaugh.
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.