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Men's Squash Update 2

Harvard's Richard Hill
Harvard's Richard Hill

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men’s squash teams have returned to the courts to start the 2011 portion of their schedules. With each of the seven teams in contention for the 2011 Ivy League men’s squash title having played at least two Ivy matches, the intensity is sure to increase as the squads look to capture the Jack Barnaby Trophy, which is given annually to the Ivy men’s squash champion.

A quick look at the standings shows Yale and Princeton tied at the top. Yale has a 3-0 League record to go along with a 7-1 overall mark, while Princeton is 2-0 in Ivy play and 5-0 overall. Harvard (2-1) and Cornell (2-2) each have two Ivy wins, while Penn (1-2), Dartmouth (0-2) and Brown (0-3) still have time to influence where the 2011 title will ultimately end up. Overall, all seven of those teams have winning records on the year, and first year varsity program Columbia also checks in with a 5-1 mark.

The next Ivy League contest will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 26 when Princeton plays host to Penn at 5:00 p.m. at the Jadwin Squash Courts. That match between the Tigers and Quakers could go a long way in determining the 2011 Ivy League champion, as the Tigers look to remain unbeaten in the Ivy League. Dating back to the inaugural season of Ivy men’s squash in 1957, the Ivy champion has finished with an undefeated mark in 49 of the 53 seasons, while the other four season’s have seen two or three one-loss teams share the title.  The most recent tie occurred in 2006 when Harvard, Princeton and Yale all finished with 5-1 marks in Ivy play.

Six Ivy League squads cracked the top-10 in the latest set of 2010-2011 Dunlop Men’s College Squash Team Rankings, which were released on Jan. 12., led by second-ranked Yale and third-ranked Princeton. Cornell is ranked fifth, followed closely by sixth-ranked Harvard and seventh-ranked Dartmouth. Ranked 10th, Penn rounds out the contingent of top-10 Ivy teams.  

Complete men’s CSA team rankings

Complete men’s CSA individual rankings

What follows is a brief team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads as they pursue the Jack Barnaby Trophy and then set their sights on the Collegiate Squash Association’s (CSA) Men’ Team Championship, which Harvard will play host to on Feb. 25-27 in Cambridge, Mass.

#13 Brown (4-3, 0-3 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Bears opened their second half of the season with dominating wins over Bowdoin (7-2) and Amherst (9-0). In the two wins, the Bears were especially strong at the top of the lineup with Brad Thompson, Adrian Leanza and Blake Reinson winning both matches at the No. one, two and three positions.

Brown’s Next Ivy Match: Feb. 5, 2011 at Yale (New Haven, Conn.)

#27 Columbia (5-1)
Results & Highlights: Columbia is playing as a varsity squad for the first time in 2010-11, but the Lions are not competing in the Ivy Round Robin schedule this season. The Lions most recently posted a 4-0 record at the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Jan. 14 – 16 in South Hadley, Mass. The four wins included 7-2 victories over Connecticut College, Colby and Hobart as well as a 5-4 win against 22nd-ranked Wesleyan. In the Wesleyan victory, Tony Zou, Theo Buchsbaum, Alec Goldberg, Andrew Tan and Anchit Nayar earned the Lion wins.

Columbia’s Next Match: Jan. 21 vs. Navy (New York, N.Y.)

#5 Cornell (4-2, 2-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Big Red returned from break with matches against Yale and Western Ontario. Cornell fell to the Bulldogs, 6-3, but rebounded to defeat the Mustangs, 6-3. Nick Sachvie recorded a tough four-set win at the No. 1 position to help propel the Big Red to the win over Western Ontario.

Cornell’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 29, 2011 vs. Dartmouth (Ithaca, N.Y.)

#7 Dartmouth (6-3, 0-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Big Green returned from break with a match against Ivy foe Yale on Jan. 8 and fell to the Bulldogs, 7-2. But Dartmouth rebounded to post a 3-1 mark since that loss to Yale, including shutout wins over Amherst (9-0), Franklin & Marshall (9-0) and Bates (9-0).

Dartmouth’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 29, 2011 at Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.)

#6 Harvard (4-2, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Crimson returned from break by recording an 8-1 win over eighth-ranked Western Ontario in a match played in Toronto at the Canadian National Squash Academy. In the win, the Crimson used straight set wins by Gary Power, Nigel Koh and J. Reed Endresen en route to the overall victory.  

Harvard’s Next Ivy Match: Feb. 5, 2011 at Penn (Philadelphia, Pa.)

#10 Penn (4-1, 1-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The 10th-ranked Quakers edged 11th-ranked Williams, 5-4, at home to start the second half of their season on Jan. 15, 2011. The win was keyed by James Clark and William Browne. Clark picked up the win at the No. 2 position, coming back from a two games to one deficit. Brown lost the first game in his match 11-2, but stormed back and took the next three to take the No. 5 slot for the Quakers.

Penn’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 26, 2011 at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.)

#3 Princeton (5-0, 2-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The third-ranked Tigers remain on their midseason break.

Princeton’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 26, 2011 vs. Penn (Princeton, N.J.)

#2 Yale (7-1, 3-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Bulldogs returned from break on Jan. 7 and promptly strung together a five-match winning streak that included victories over Amherst (9-0), Williams (9-0), Dartmouth (7-2), Western Ontario (7-2) and Cornell (6-3). The winning streak set up a showdown of unbeatens in Hartford, Conn. on Jan. 19 when the top-ranked Trinity Bantams (now winners of 230 straight) played host to the second-ranked Bulldogs. But the Bantams ultimately came away with a 7-2 win. Yale’s individual wins against Trinty were recorded by John Roberts and Robert Berner at the eighth and ninth positions.

Yale’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 29, 2011 vs. Princeton (New Haven, Conn.)