Sophomore Gary Power and the Harvard men's squash team are undefeated and sitting at No.5 in the nation
The Harvard men’s squash team took care of business on the road last night in an early season two-match contest.
Led by sophomore Brandon McLaughlin, the No. 5 Crimson (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) dropped No. 7 Dartmouth (3-1, 0-1) in convincing fashion, 8-1, and immediately followed that up with a 9-0 sweep of No. 17 Middlebury (0-3).
An impressive Ivy League victory over the Big Green was highlighted by three-game sweeps in seven out of the nine contests.
“Our guys worked very hard, and we’re very pleased,” Harvard coach Mike Way said.
HARVARD 9, MIDDLEBURY 0
Harvard dominated from one to nine in the lineup, with the entire team losing a combined three games while cruising to the lopsided win.
It was the second of two matches on the night for the Crimson, who just moments earlier had sealed a win over Dartmouth.
“Playing right after [the Dartmouth match] definitely made it more difficult,” said McLaughlin, who opened the match with a straight-game win over Middlebury’s Valentin Quan.
After dropping his second contest, sophomore Gary Power bounced back to win two straight and defeat Jay Dolan, 3-1. Sophomore Nigel Koh won by the same margin after taking the final two games from the Panthers’ Parker Hurst.
Hurst also lost to freshman Nick Hopkroft in a three-game sweep in the next match.
In a matchup with Middlebury’s Cooper Redbath, freshman Tyler Olson took the first two games, 12-10 and 11-9, before dropping the third, but sealed the victory with an 11-3 tally in the fourth game.
Sophomore Thomas Mullaney and freshman Julian Kirby both dominated their opponenets in straight-game victories. Mullaney only dropped 10 points in his contest, while Kirby dropped just six for the most convincing win of the night.
Junior Alexander Ma took his first game before his opponent retired with an injury, giving the Crimson a clean sweep.
Despite the one-sided result, Way praised Middlebury for its preparation and fitness.
“They gave our guys a good run for our money,” he said.