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The Harvard men’s squash team executed a nearly flawless season: not only did the No. 1 Crimson (18-0, 7-0 Ivy) go undefeated in the regular season and go on to secure the national title with three 9-0 wins, but senior Ali Farag also captured the individual national crown.
Dylan Murray already had a decorated squash career before he ever stepped onto a Harvard court. The five-time U.S. Junior National Champion and three-time Boy’s U19 U.S. National title-holder was also a 2013 WSF Men’s World Team Championship member.
When co-captain Brandon McLaughlin stepped onto the exhibition squash court at the CSA Team Championships, the Harvard men’s squash team only needed one more match to claim the national title.
After capturing a national championship in his sophomore year, senior Ali Farag fell short of the title as a junior before reclaiming his place at the top of collegiate squash in his final year at Harvard.
Last year, then-junior Ali Farag ended his season early when St. Lawrence’s Amr Khaled Khalifa unseated Farag in the semifinals of the CSA Individual Championships in five games. However, this year the senior was able to reclaim his title as collegiate squash’s national champion in a 3-1 victory over the same opponent.
Junior Amanda Sobhy defeated Trinity’s Kanzy El Defrawy in three games for the second consecutive year to capture her third straight national title on the women’s side, while senior Ali Farag avenged last year’s semifinal loss to St. Lawrence’s Amr Khaled Khalifa with a 3-1 win in the men's finals.
Captain Brandon McLaughlin defeated Trinity’s Karan Malik in five sets at the CSA Team Championships to help the Crimson bring home the Potter Cup. The crown is Harvard’s first since 1998.
In a tense five-set duel in the second flight that pitted Trinity’s Karan Malik against co-captain Brandon McLaughlin, the Crimson senior stormed back from a 2-1 set deficit to claim the Potter Cup for his teammates.
In more ways than one, it was the perfect end to a perfect season for the No. 1 Harvard men’s squash team (18-0, 7-0 Ivy).
Co-captain Brandon McLaughlin defeated Trinity’s Karan Malik in five sets at the CSA Team Championships to help the Crimson bring home the Potter Cup. The crown is Harvard’s first since 1998.
In its final Ivy League matchup of the season, the No. 2 Harvard men’s squash team (15-0, 7-0 Ivy) took down No. 19 Brown (4-14, 0-7), 9-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Murr Athletic Center.
The No. 2 Harvard men’s squash team took on the No. 3 Yale team in New Haven, CT. on Friday night for a win that secured at least a share of the Ivy League title. In five of its six wins that night, the Crimson defeated its Bulldog opponents in three games.
Gary Power, shown here in earlier action, swept his match in the four spot in three straight games.
The last time the No. 1 Trinity men’s squash team lost a home game, the Harvard class of 2017 was still in diapers.
The No. 2 Crimson (11-0, 5-0 Ivy) faced No. 8 Cornell on Saturday afternoon and No. 12 Columbia on Sunday on the road and came away with a pair of 8-1 victories.