No. 2 Men's Squash Takes On No. 3 Yale, No. 19 Brown With Ivy Title On The Line

No. 2 Men's Squash Takes On No. 3 Yale, No. 19 Brown With Ivy Title On The Line

Olson is tied for the team lead with 11 wins after picking up a victory at Trinity in the ninth spot (Photo Courtsey: Zack Williamson). 

Scene Setter
The No. 2 men's squash team will conclude its regular season this weekend as the Crimson travels down to Ivy League rival No. 3 Yale Friday, Feb. 7, before welcoming No. 19 Brown Sunday, Feb. 9, to the Murr Center with the Ivy League title up for grabs.

Last Time Out
Harvard upset top-ranked Trinity College, 7-2, by dominating the top half of the ladder. The Crimson won positions one through five and eight and nine to knock off the Bantams and snapping a 24 match losing streak against Trinity. With the win, Harvard ended the Bantam's 18-year long win streak of 162 consecutive wins at its home facility.
Related Link: No. 2 Men's Squash Upsets Top-Ranked Trinity, 7-2 

About No. 2 Harvard
Fresh off an upset over No. 1 Trinity, Harvard is 12-0 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League. Tyler Olson and Gary Power are tied for the team lead with 11 wins apiece. Ali Farag and Nigel Koh are each 10-0 while Brandon McLaughlin and Dylan Murray are 9-2. Nicholas Hopcroft and Bryan Koh boast a 9-1 record. The Crimson is 111-7 individually for a .940 winning percentage.

Undefeated Season
Harvard has finished a season undefeated 24 times in program history, while opening a season with 12 consecutive wins for just the fourth time in program history. Harvard first accomplished the feat during the 1957-58 when the team won its first 12 victories of the season, which was equaled by the 1969-70 (15) and the 1992-93 teams.

The Ivy League Race
Harvard and Yale are tied for first place in the Ivy League standings both owning a 5-0 record. The two teams are the only undefeated teams left and will battle it out for the title.  

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. 19 Brown
Brown is currently 4-12 overall and 0-5 in conference play. The Bears carry a 10-5 overall record and a 0-5 mark in the Ivy League. The Bears will look to snap a four-game losing streak after most recently dropping matches to Middlebury, Princeton, Penn and Yale.

Series History with Brown
The Crimson and Bears will meet for the 24th time in program history with Harvard owning a 23-0 record in the all-time results.  The Crimson has swept the Bear in the last five meetings.

Scouting No. 5 Yale
The Bulldogs carry a 13-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark in conference play. Yale is currently riding a six-game winning streak after narrowly falling to No. 1 Trinity, 5-4, on Jan. 22. The Bulldogs most recently toppled Penn, Princeton and Brown.

Series History with Yale
The Crimson has seen plenty of the Bulldogs since their first meeting in 1925. Harvard holds a 72-12 advantage over Yale. The Bulldogs edged the Crimson in five of the last six meetings between the two teams.

Looking Ahead
Harvard will return to action as the Crimson host the CSA Men's Championship to crown the national champion at the Murr Center Squash Courts Feb. 14-16. Harvard will be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed depending on the weekend's results.