No. 2 Men’s Squash Travels to No. 8 Cornell, No. 12 Columbia

No. 2 Men’s Squash Travels to No. 8 Cornell, No. 12 Columbia

Mullaney owns an 8-0 record this season (photo courtesy: Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team travels to New York this weekend to take on No. 8 Cornell and No. 12 Columbia in a pair of Ivy League contests.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson swept 11 of its 18 matches to post a 2-0 mark last weekend edging No. 4 St. Lawrence, 8-1 and No. 5 University of Rochester, 8-1. Brandon McLaughlin dropped his first match of the season against St. Lawrence's Moustafa Bayoumy in the No. 2 spot, while Bryan Koh pulled out a close, 3-2, win over Sebastian Riedlsheimer in the sixth position. Dlyan Murray fell to Rochester's Mario Yanez in the No. 3 spot, while McLaughlin, Koh and Nigel Koh picked up five-game victories to help secure the win.

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About No. 2 Harvard
Harvard is 9-0 on the year and 3-0 in Ivy League play. The Crimson has dominated its opposition in wins this season, sweeping seven of its eight opponents. Ali Farag is a perfect7-0 on the year, playing out of the No. 1 position on the ladder. Nick Hopcroft, the Koh brothers, Tom Mullaney, Tyler Olson and Gary Power are tied for the team lead with eight wins apiece. As a team, Harvard boasts a .966 winning percentage, going 86-3 in the first nine contests of the year

Around the Ivy League
Harvard and Yale stands alone as the only two undefeated team in conference play this season. Yale is 2-0, and Harvard boasts a 3-0 record. The Crimson has posted undefeated seasons 25 times, while starting out 9-0 or better 29 times in program history.

Related Links: 2013-14 Men's Squash Standings

Break Out The Broom
The Crimson swept its first seven opponents of the season for the first time in program history to post a 7-0 record. The previous program record for consecutive shutouts to begin a season was six, which it did in 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.

Tournament of Champions
Farag competed in the 17th edition of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York City Jan. 18-24. The senior defeated Australia's Ryan Cuskelly in straight sets to advance to round two of qualifying where he stunned Cesear Salazar of Mexico in three games to advance to the main draw for the first time. Playing in the glass court in the Grand Central Terminal, Farag fell to England's Chris Simspon, 9-11, 11-0, 12-10, 11-5.

Coach's View
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

Scouting No. 8 Cornell
Cornell, looking the snap a three-game losing streak will host four matches across three days Jan. 31-Feb. 2, welcoming Franklin & Marshall, United States Naval Academy, Harvard and Dartmouth to Ithaca, N.Y. The Big Red sit at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Ivy League play, while most recently falling to Yale, 5-4, Trinity College, 6-3 and St. Lawrence 5-4.

All-Time Against the Big Red
Harvard holds a dominant, 43-2, advantage over the Big Red. The Crimson has taken four of its last five meetings, dropping a, 7-2, decision in December, 2010.

Scouting No. 12 Columbia
The Lions carries a 5-3 overall record and 0-2 conference mark into the weekend. Columbia split its weekend matches Jan. 18-19 as the Lions fell to Franklin & Marshall, 6-3 before bouncing back to edge Williams, 8-1. Columbia is led by the Ramit Tandon who is a perfect 8-0 in the top position, and Rishi Tandon who owns a 7-1 mark in the No. 2 spot.  

All-Time Against the Lions
The Crimson and Lions have met twice in program history, with Harvard claiming each of the two matches, 9-0 and 8-1.

Looking Ahead
The Crimson will travel to Trinity College for a midweek matchup Feb. 4 for a rematch of last season's Potter Cup semifinals where Harvard fell to the Bantams, 6-3.