No. 2 Men's Squash Preps for Three Nonconference Games

No. 2 Men's Squash Preps for Three Nonconference Games

Olson is tied for the team lead with six wins (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team returns to action this weekend with three nonconference matches.  The Crimson will host No. 4 St. Lawrence, No. 5 Rochester and the University of Toronto inside the friendly confines of the Murr Center.

Schedule of Events
The Crimson will face St. Lawrence Jan. 25 at 5 p.m., before taking on Rochester Jan. 26 at 1 p.m., and the University of Toronto at 4 p.m.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson went 2-0 in Ivy League play Jan. 11-12 to improve to 3-0 overall in the conference. Harvard began the weekend with a dominating win over Princeton, 9-0, sweeping five of nine matches 3-0. Ali Farag defeated Samuel King, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 to remain undefeated while Brandon McLaughlin was tested in the No. 2 position; however, he bested Tyler Osborne, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9.

The next day against Penn was no different as the Crimson swept the Quakers, 9-0. Eight Crimson student-athletes defeated their opponents by a 3-0 margin. McLaughlin surrendered the fewest points on the day, allowing six in a dominant 11-1, 11-1, 11-4 win over Tyler Odell in the second position.

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About No. 2 Harvard
The Crimson sits at 7-0 and 3-0 in the Ivy League entering the weekend. Junior Ali Farag continues to lead the Crimson, boasting a 5-0 Fresh Faces mark on the season at the No. 1 position. Nick Hopcroft, Bryan Koh, Nigel Koh, Thomas Mullaney, Dylan Murray, Tyler Olson and Gary Power are tied for the team-lead with six wins apiece while Brandon McLaughlin and Matt Roberts are 5-0.

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. Harvard is one shutout shy of tying the current program record for consecutive sweeps in a season, set by the 2011-12 squad. 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.

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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.

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Harvard Squash Blog

About No. 4 St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence enters the weekend with an undefeated 8-0 record, sweeping five of their opponents. The Saints most recently defeated No. 8 Cornell, 5-4 on Jan. 18. St. Lawrence is led by Moustafa Bayoumy, who boasts a 4-0 record in the No. 1 position and Ibrahim Kha, who owns a 3-1 record in the No. 2 spot and a 2-0 record in the top position.

All-Times Against St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence and Harvard will meet for just the second time in program history with the Crimson holding a slight 1-0 advantage over the Saints. Harvard traveled to St. Lawrence in 2011, where the Crimson topped the host 9-0.

About No. 5 Rochester
Rochester brings 7-2 mark into the weekend after falling to Yale last weekend, 6-3. The Yellow Jackets have also defeated Bard, Hobart and Vassar before dropping matches against St. Lawrence and Princeton. Rochester is led by Neil Cordell and Faraz Khan who are both 3-0 in the top spot, while Ryosei Kobayashi owns a 2-0 mark in the second spot.

All-Times Against Rochester
The Crimson and the Yellow Jackets will meet for the ninth time in program history.  Harvard leads the all-time series results 6-2.  The Crimson has taken the previous four meetings between the two programs.

About the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto are 5-3 overall as the squad begins its Boston swing to take on Tufts and Boston University. The Varsity Blues recently dropped decisions to Western Ontario University, 6-1 and McMaster University, 7-0, before snapping its losing-streak as the squad topped the University of Guelph, 6-1.

All-Times Against the Varsity Blues
Harvard leads the University of Toronto, 2-1 in the all-times series.  However, the last time these two programs met was in Feb. of 1973.

Looking Ahead
The Crimson will step back into Ivy League play as the squad travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on the Big Red of Cornell on Saturday, Jan. 25 before heading down to New York City, N.Y., to face the Lions of Columbia on Sunday, Jan. 26.