No. 2 Men's Squash Takes to Road for Challenge Against No. 1 Trinity

No. 2 Men's Squash Takes to Road for Challenge  Against No. 1 Trinity

Freshman Murray will look to notch his eighth win in the third position (Photo Courtsey: Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 men's squash team will travel to top-ranked Trinity College in a rematch of last season's Potter Cup finals where the Crimson narrowly fell to the Bantam, 6-3, Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson posted back-to-back Ivy League wins over No. 8 Cornell and No. 12 Columbia Feb. 1-2. Harvard downed Cornell, 8-1, behind five Crimson student-athletes who swept their opponents.  Ali Farag defeated Nicholas Sachvie, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 in the No. 1 position while Dylan Murray outlasted Bryan Keating (11-3, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9). On Sunday, the Crimson bested Columbia, 8-1. Farag and Bradon McLaughlin led the way in the top two positions, while Tyler Olson Matt Roberts and Sam Goldberg swept their opponents in the bottom of the ladder.
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About No. 2 Harvard
Harvard is 11-0 on the year and 5-0 in Ivy League play. The Crimson has dominated its opposition in wins this season, sweeping seven of its  11 opponents. Ali Farag is a perfect 9-0 on the year, playing out of the No. 1 position on the ladder. Nick Hopcroft, Tom Mullaney, Tyler Olson and Gary Power are tied for the team lead with 10 wins apiece. As a team, Harvard boasts a .953 winning percentage, going 102-5 in the first 11 contests of the year.

Potter Cup Finals Rematch
The Crimson fell just short of its 31st national championship, one season ago as Harvard dropped a 6-3 decision to Trinity. The Crimson opened up with a 2-1 lead after the first flight, but the Bantams won four of the next five matches to secure the win.

Around the Ivy League
Harvard sits atop of the Ivy League standings as the Crimson and the Bulldogs of Yale are the last two remaining undefeated teams in the conference. Penn and Cornell are both 3-2, while Columbia and Princeton sit at 2-3. Brown (0-4) and Dartmouth (0-5) continue to struggle to find their strides within the Ancient Eight
Related Link: 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 Crimson are one shutout shy of matching the current's program record for sweeps in a season, which is 12, set by the 1991-92 team and equaled by the 1994-95 squad.

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. 1 Trinity
The top-ranked Bantams of Trinity enter the match with a 15-0 overall record. Trinity has swept 10 of its 15 opponents this season. Recently, the Bantams downed Williams to claim its eighth straight NESCAC men's squash finals, 9-0. Trinity is led by Matthew Mackin who owns an 11-0 record while Vrishab Kotian, Zeyad Elshorafy, Elroy Leong and Moustafa Hamada are each 10-1 on the season.

All-Time Against the Bantams
Despite holding a 33-23 advantage over Trinity, Harvard has not posted a win against the Bantams since Feb. 22, 1998 when Harvard posted a 5-4 winning decision.

Looking Ahead
Harvard returns to action on Friday, Feb. 7 when the Crimson take on Ivy League foe Yale in New Haven, Conn.