No. 2 Men’s Squash Eyes National Title at CSA Team Championships

Senior Devin McLaughlin finished the regular season undefeated, and will look to continue his unbeaten streak at the CSA Team Championships (Gil Talbot).


 No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 7 Yale
Friday, Feb. 17 / 3:30 p.m.
Murr Center Squash Courts
Harvard leads, 74-21
W, 5-4 (Feb. 12, 2017)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team is set for the Collegiate Squash Associations Team Championship at the Murr Center Squash Courts this weekend, Feb. 17-19. The Crimson finished the regular season 11-1, rolling to the Ivy League title with a 7-0 mark.  

Last Time Out
The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team edged No. 8 Yale, 5-4, clinching the Ivy League title outright at the Murr Center Squash Courts on Sunday afternoon, the first since the 2014-15 season. Harvard concluded its regular season with back-to-back Ivy wins to capture its 41st Ivy championship in program history.

Team Championship Bracket
The Crimson earned the second seed in the "A" Division bracket. Harvard will take on the seventh-seeded Yale in the first round and is lined up to play either third-ranked Columbia, or sixth-seeded Drexel in its next match. Trinity earned the top seed and will take on the eighth-ranked team, Penn, while the four and five seeds, Rochester and St. Lawrence, will square off to open their championship tournament.

Link to full brackets: CSA National Team Championship Brackets 

National Championship History
The Crimson looks to return to the top of the squash rankings with a run in the CSA Team Championship. The national champion is awarded the Potter Cup, and the Crimson last had possession of the cup in 2013-14. That championship marked its first since winning five in a row from 1994-1998. The Crimson has 31 national championships in its program history.

Ivy Glory
The Crimson took back the Ivy title after Yale earned the conference championship a year ago. Harvard claimed its fourth Ivy title in the last five years, winning outright in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and splitting with Princeton in 2012-13.

National Rankings
Harvard fell from the top spot in the national rankings after holding the No. 1 position from Jan. 29 – Feb. 12. The Crimson tied with No. 1 Trinity in the computerized ranking system, but due to the head-to-head tiebreaker, Harvard dropped to No. 2 for the final rankings. The Crimson suffered its only loss of the season in a 5-4 contest against No. 1 Trinity on Feb. 8.

Related Link: Harvard Men's Squash Ranked No. 2 in 2016-17 Dunlop Men's Squash Team Rankings

Regular Season Achievements
Senior Devin McLaughlin and freshman Sean Hughes picked up wins in their final matches against Yale to remain unbeaten on the year. McLaughlin moved to 10-0, competing most of the year at No. 9, while Hughes advanced to 11-0 in his rookie campaign with most of his action at No. 6 and No. 8. Freshman Timothy Brownell and senior Bryan Koh had strong season as well, both finishing with an overall mark of 10-1.

Scouting No. 7 Yale
The Bulldogs enter the CSA Team Championship at No. 7 in the nation to earn the seventh seed in the "A" Division. Yale finished third in the Ivy League standings, posting a 5-2 record in conference play. The Bulldogs are 8-6 overall, with all six of those losses coming against top-ten opponents. In its most recent match against the Crimson, senior Thomas Dembinksi and freshman Spencer Lovejoy led the Bulldogs with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.