HANOVER, N.H. - The No. 2 Harvard men's squash team defeated No. 10 Dartmouth, 9-0, in its season opener on Wednesday night. The Crimson won five of its nine matches by 3-0 decisions, while sophomore Saadeldin Abouaish and freshman Julien Gosset each won their individual matches by scores of 3-2.
"Coming off our visit to Dartmouth two years ago where we were handed one of the most disappointing results of my career, we knew we had to come out guns blazing and the team lived up to all the hard work that has been put in during the last three months," said co-captain David Ryan. "Dartmouth is a lot stronger than they have been historically, but with the eagerness of the freshmen and experience of the seniors we came out resounding winners by a 9-0 score."
Abouaish played at the No. 1 spot for the Crimson for the first time in 2017-18 after collecting an 11-6 record in the top position in 2016-17. An All-Ivy first team selection in 2016-17, sophomore Timothy Brownell held down the No. 2 spot for the Crimson on Wednesday night, defeating Carson Spahr 3-0. Brownell finished 12-2 in his freshman season, including a 7-0 run in Ivy action.
"Some of the top highlights from the match were Abouaish's comeback, from being down 2-1 against an opponent who brought his A-game, to win 3-2," said Ryan. "Freshman Julien Gosset, in his first time wearing the big H, pushed very hard to come back to win in five games as well, securing the win for the team. It was fantastic to finally get our season up and running after a long pre-season, but this has been the perfect kickstart heading into January when the really touch matches begin."
No. 1 - Saadeldin Abouaish (H) def. Alvin Heumann - (3-2)
No. 2 - Timothy Brownell (H) def. Carson Spahr - (3-0)
No. 3 - Sean Hughes (H) def. Toby Harding - (3-1)
No. 4 - Madhav Dhingra (H). def. Matthew Giegerich - (3-0)
No. 5 - Samuel Scherl (H) def. Samuel Eply - (3-0)
No. 6 - Julien Gosset (H) def. Brandon De Otaduy - (3-2)
No. 7 - David Ryan (H) def. Reg Anderson - (3-0)
No. 8 - Bradley Smith (H) def. James Bell - (3-0)
No. 9 - Adam Corcoran (H) def. Drew Monroe - (3-1)
- The Crimson won five of its nine matches by a 3-0 decision.
- Harvard moves to 76-1 all-time against Dartmouth.
Harvard hosts No. 22 MIT tomorrow afternoon at the Murr Center Squash Courts at 3 p.m. The match will air on the Ivy League Network.