In his final year, men's squash co-captain David Ryan could not captain his class or team to a national championship. Or so he thought.
On a weekend where six Harvard athletes made it to the national semifinals, the Dublin native saved two championship points to capture the 36th men’s title in program history with a 12-10 fifth-game victory.
Facing the raucous crowds of Trinity, No. 3 Harvard men’s squash squared off with the defending national champions for the Potter Cup. The team defeated Penn and upset Columbia before falling to Trinity (20-0) in the final.
Harvard took care of business this weekend, but second-ranked Columbia controlled its own destiny and likewise won twice, capturing the Ivy League crown in the process.
Hosting top-ten opponents Princeton and Penn, Harvard recorded two distinct victories over the weekend—one a blowout, and one a nail-biter that came down to the ninth and final individual match.
Facing off against non-conference opponents No. 8 Rochester and No. 12 Drexel, the Crimson extended its streak of 9-0 victories to three consecutive matches.
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.