No. 2 Trinity Visits No. 3 Harvard Men's Squash Tuesday Night
Walker Evans improved to 6-0 on the year in Harvard's win over Brown (Gil Talbot).
After having its match against Yale postponed due to the aftereffects of Winter Storm Nemo, the No. 3 Harvard men's squash team returns to action Tuesday night to take on No. 2 Trinity at the Murr Center Squash Courts.
Last Time Out
The Crimson shutout Brown, 9-0, Thursday to improve to 5-1 in the Ivy League and stay in the hunt for a title. Three members of the squad – Brandon McLaughlin, Sam Goldberg and Tommy Mullaney – all reached the 10-win plateau during the match. Harvard also swept all nine matches 3-0 for the second consecutive match and the fourth time this season. Harvard was slated to wrap up Ivy League play on Sunday, but the contest against the Elis was postponed due to Winter Storm Nemo.
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About No. 3 Harvard
The Crimson is 14-1 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League entering Tuesday's contest following its win over Brown last Thursday. Brandon McLaughlin, Sam Goldberg and Tommy Mullaney are all tied for the team lead with 10 wins apiece, while Jason Michas and Ali Farag are right on their heels with unblemished 9-0 marks.
The Ivy League Race
After Princeton lost to Cornell, 5-4, it opened the door for either Harvard or Yale to claim a share of the Ivy League title. The Tigers knocked off Columbia on Sunday to finish Ancient Eight play with a 6-1 record, and guaranteeing that the winner of the Harvard/Yale match will earn a share of the championship with both teams sitting at 5-1 currently. The loser of the contest will end up in a tie for third place with 5-2 Cornell.
About No. 2 Trinity (Team Page)
The Bantams sit at No. 2 in the most recent edition of the College Squash Association rankings with a perfect 14-0 mark. Reinhold Hergeth, the team's number one, brings a 6-2 record into today's match, and Moustafa Hamada is 13-0. Freshmen Karan Malik is 7-0 on the year, and Juan Diego Lopez and John Lamont are both 5-0. Trinity has knocked off Ivy League foes Yale (7-2), Cornell (7-2), Penn (9-0) and Dartmouth (8-1) while going undefeated in NESCAC play.
Series History Against the Bantams
It has been a series of runs between the Crimson and Bantams. Harvard won 27 of the first 28 meetings between the schools, while Trinity has won the last 22 matches. Overall, the Crimson leads the all-time series, 27-23.
Harvard swept its first three opponents of the season for the 21st time in program history before finally losing a match to No. 6 Rochester. The three consecutive sweeps to begin a year is the longest streak since Harvard swept the first four matches of 2006-07. Harvard's program record for consecutive shutouts to begin a season is six, which it did it 2004-05, 1991-92 and 1972-73. The program record for shutouts in a season is 12, set by the 1991-92 team and equaled by the 1994-95 squad. Thus far, Harvard has swept 10 of its 15 opponents.
Assistant coach Luke Hammond is now blogging to give fans an inside perspective of the Harvard men's and women's squash teams. The blog will be periodically updated throughout the season, recapping the latest results and highlighting other interesting tidbits about the squad.
Related Link: Harvard Squash Blog
Junior Ali Farag is a perfect 25-0 in his Harvard squash career. The Egypt native went 16-0 last season, including an 11-0 mark at the No. 1 position, en route to the individual CSA title and is off to a 9-0 start this year.
Leading the Way
Mike Way, The Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, returns for his third season at the helm of the Crimson. In just over two seasons, his teams have posted a combined 39-11 mark, including a 16-4 record last year. Both of his assistants, Reg Schonborn and Luke Hammond, are back for 2012-13, as well.
The Crimson will make up its match against Yale at a to-be-determined time prior to the College Squash Association Team Championships Feb. 22-24.