The Harvard men's squash team lost a close match to No.1 Trinity, claiming silver in the National Championship after a 8-1 victory over Yale and 5-4 win against Columbia.
Harvard claimed sole possession of the Ancient Eight title by defeating No. 8 Yale, 5-4, and posting its second undefeated Ivy season in the past three years. Earlier in the weekend, the Crimson had clinched at least a share of the title after its 8-1 win over No. 20 Brown.
Junior Madhav Dhingra lost his match in straight sets, 11-9, 11-3, 12-10, on Wednesday, and he was one of five Crimson to walk off the court empty-handed againt No. 2 Trinity. The nail-biting defeat, Harvard’s first of the season, drops the Crimson to No. 2 in the rankings and pushes Trinity up to the No. 1 spot.
With the first and second teams in the nation facing off against one another at the Murr Center on Wednesday, expectations of a hard-fought battle arose. The No. 1 Crimson and No. 2 Trinity delivered that much and more.
Still undefeated on the season, the Crimson (9-0, 5-0 Ivy League) solidified its position at the top with dominating victories over No. 3 Columbia (9-2, 4-1) and No. 11 Cornell (6-8, 1-4) in its first home stand of the year.
In every season there are moments that define a team for better or for worse. For the Harvard men’s squash team, this past weekend has the potential to be one such moment.
Harvard collected three wins over ranked opponents in three consecutive days, as the team’s trio of freshmen has an impressive debut.
In its final competitive action of the season, Harvard men’s squash sent just one member, junior co-captain Bryan Koh, to compete in the Pool Division of the CSA Individual National Championships.
Although the Crimson (6-7, 5-4 Ivy League) followed up a first round defeat with a solid win against No. 7 Dartmouth to reach the consolation finals, it was ultimately unable to completely recover, as a 7-2 loss to No. 5 Penn on Sunday earned the squad a sixth place finish at the CSA National Team Championships
Starting the weekend at home in Cambridge, the Crimson soundly defeated the No.16 Brown Bears before losing a heartbreaker against No. 2 Yale Bulldogs.
Brimming with confidence after a victory against No. 8 Columbia, 5-4, on Saturday ended its three match losing streak, No. 7 the Harvard men’s squash team carried its momentum over to its match against No. 12 Cornell to close out the weekend.