Emily T. Wang
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.
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.
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).
Amanda Sobhy, shown here in previous action, captured her third consecutive national title on Sunday.
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.
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.
The Harvard women’s hockey team is a fan of the third period. After clawing its way back from deficits against Colgate and the University of Connecticut, the Crimson followed a similar script against Union on Friday night.
After Rensselaer provided an early-season shock to the Harvard women’s ice hockey team, the Crimson was ready to redeem the first loss of the season in its rematch against the Engineers in front of a home crowd.
Entering Saturday’s contest at Murr Athletic Center, the Harvard women’s squash team looked to continue its perfect season. The Crimson (7-0, 3-0 Ivy) sat its top four players for the matchup against St. Lawrence (2-6), but despite some fresh faces in the lineup, Harvard still managed to come away with a perfect 9-0 win.
Both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the Battle for Beantown on Saturday at Gordon Indoor Track. The women’s team earned a first place finish while the men came in second.
For the first two periods, it seemed as though the University of Connecticut would become Harvard women’s hockey’s first loss since the first week of its 2013-14 campaign. But it only took twenty seconds for that to change.