Just one day after strolling to an easy 9-0 win at Cornell, Harvard suffered its first defeat of the 2017-2018 season at the hands of a fellow Ancient Eight competitor in No. 4 Columbia, 5-4.
Against a St. Lawrence team that had already racked up wins against Ivy League rivals No. 7 Princeton and No. 5 Penn, the Crimson squashed its opponent. In three games, opposing teams have yet to earn a single match against the No. 2 ranked Harvard.
The duo posted strong results, as Abouaish placed in the fifth to eighth place range in his division, while Gosset claimed victory in the consolation bracket after losing his first-round matchup to Dartmouth sophomore Carson Spahr, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3.
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.