Farag and McLaughlin Grab CSA First Team All-America Honors

Farag and McLaughlin Grab CSA First Team All-America Honors

Harvard leads all Ivy schools with two first team selections (photo courtsey: Zach Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Ali Farag and Brandon McLaughlin of the Harvard squash team have been selected to the College Squash Association All-America first team, the CSA announced Tuesday.

Harvard has had at least one All-American in each of the last 57 years.

The pair guided Harvard to its 31st national championship, its 36th Ancient Eight Crown and to a perfect 18-0 overall record and 7-0 mark in the Ivy League.

Farag, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, collects first team honors for the third time in his career. The Cairo, Egypt native, went undefeated en route to his second CSA Individual national title with a, 3-1, victory of St. Lawrence's Amr Khaled Khalifa. Farag also was the recipient of the 2014 Skillman Award, the highest individual honor in men's college squash.

McLaughlin, who earns his first All-America first team selection, finished the year with a 14-3 record, including a 12-2 mark at the second position on the ladder. The Villanova, Pa., native went 6-1 in Ivy League play to earn all-conference honors and reached the second round of the CSA Individual championship. 

The CSA All-America teams are selected by the CSA executive committee and consist of 10 members on each the first and second teams. To be eligible for the award, players must compete in at least 50-percent of their team's matches and also play in the CSA Individual Championships.