Harvard Enjoys Undefeated Weekend Against Unranked Foes

Zeke Out a Win
Nida Naushad

Junior Zeke Scherl defeated Rodrigo Quan Miranda in three sets when the Crimson downed Amherst, 9-0, on Saturday. Harvard men’s squash had a busy weekend, playing five schools in total before taking an over month-long hiatus and facing a streak of Ivy League opponents.

The Harvard men’s squash team (9-0, 1-0 Ivy) blew away the competition this weekend, defeating a slew of teams from the Northeast both at Barnaby Courts and away at MIT to preserve its undefeated record thus far.

The No. 5 Crimson began the weekend’s play on Friday, earning a 9-0 victory over New York University at Barnaby Courts.

The team then defeated Amherst (1-1), 9-0, Saturday morning before traveling to MIT and proceeding to defeat both MIT (3-5) and Boston College, 9-0, as well.

On Sunday, Harvard finished its successful weekend with two more 9-0 victories, beating Northeastern at MIT in the morning and then defeating Boston University back at home.

Although the Crimson did not play any high-ranked opponents, the squad got in a lot of court time in one weekend, allowing for many players throughout the roster to gain some experience.

“Last year, we didn’t play as many games,” sophomore Brandon McLaughlin said. “So, anytime we can get out on the court, it’s good to play.”


In its last game of this long weekend of squash, Harvard breezed to a 9-0 win against the No. 48 Terriers.

This match marked the first time in program history the Crimson has faced off against BU and also the first time this season in the Terriers, a club team, have played a top-10 opponent.


On Sunday morning, Harvard finished its last game at MIT for the weekend with another 9-0 sweep in its first ever match against the No. 31 Huskies.

The Engineers provided the venue for various local teams, who haven’t really matched up in the past to play each other in a round-robin format.

“In the past ... we’ve had a pretty short season in terms of matches,” sophomore Thomas Mullaney said. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t play these teams—they’re literally right in our own backyard. It’s a great way to get a few more matches in.”


In the first ever matchup between the Crimson and the No. 36 Eagles, Harvard earned yet another 9-0 sweep at the neutral site.