CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men and women's squash teams celebrated their successful seasons with a banquet Friday night. Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, honored eight student-athletes.
Ali Farag, the 2014 Pool Trophy winner, was named the men's team's Most Valuable Player. Farag leaves Harvard as one of the most decorated athletes in program history. The Cairo, Egypt, native amassed a 52-2 career record, two individual national crowns, three Ivy League Player of the Year accolades and was the recipient of the 2014 Skillman Award.
Senior Thomas Mullaney and rookie Bryan Koh shared the Most Improved Player honor. Mullaney went undefeated this season with a perfect 16-0 mark, finishing his career with a 56-15 record. Koh had an impressive first year in Cambridge, compiling a 13-3 overall mark and qualifying for the CSA Individual National championship, where he fell in the first round to Cornell's Nicholas Sachvie.
Senior co-captains Brandon McLaughlin and Gary Power were given the Coaches Award, for their hard work and dedication to the program over their four years. McLaughlin owns a 14-3 record, while Powers went 15-1 during the 2013-14 season. McLaughlin was tabbed All-Ivy, while advancing to the Round of 16 at the CSA Individual Championship.
The men's team claimed its 31st national championship with a 9-0 win over Trinity, its 36th Ancient Eight Crown. The Crimson went 18-0 overall record and 7-0 in the Ivy League.
Freshman Dileas MacGowan was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player for the women's team. The Toronto, Ont., native went unbeaten in her first year in Cambridge, posting a 15-0 mark. MacGowan won a tightly contested battle in the seventh position at the CSA Team Championships to knot the score at four.
Junior Julianne Chu was tabbed Most Improved Player. The New York, N.Y., native went 10-3 during the season.
After going undefeated yet again and winning her third consecutive individual national title, Amanda Sobhy, was the recipient of the Coaches' Award. Sobhy was named the Ivy League Player of the Year after going 17-0 this season, winning each match by a 3-0 margin.
The women's team went 14-1 overall record and captured its 19th Ivy League title with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play. Harvard fell just short of claiming the Howe Cup for the third straight season when Trinity edged the Crimson, 5-4 in the finals of the CSA Team Championships.