Regular Season Comes to a Close
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The regular season closes with a bang this weekend as the Bulldogs take on No.1 Harvard on Friday and No. 7 Dartmouth on Sunday. The Harvard match is 5 p.m. at Boston and Dartmouth is a noon start at home.
The Harvard squad, 11-0 on the season, is the only remaining undefeated team in collegiate squash. The Crimson have beaten the likes of Penn, Trinity, Rochester and Columbia, all of whom bested the Bulldogs earlier in the season.
Harvard's team has a strong veteran presence but also has three first-years on its squad. The top six athletes on Harvard's roster all have individual ratings above 6.0. According to the CSA squash website, there are only 11 athletes in the country who are rated 6.0 or above. Each of Harvard's top seven athletes is top 25 in the nation.
Yale's No. 1 seed Spencer Lovejoy will likely face Harvard's Victor Crouin, who is 6-2 on the season, having defeated top opponents such as Columbia's Velavan Senthilkumar, Trinity's Kush Kumar and St. Lawrence's Karim Ibrahim.
Crouin's two losses came to Penn's Andrew Douglas and Rochester's Ashley G Davies, whom Lovejoy came within two points of beating.
"Harvard has a strong team this year and they're number 1 in the country," said Lovejoy. "Our plan is to bring our best games and make them stay on court as long as possible if they want to beat us. We've all trained hard since we arrived in on campus in September and we need to trust that, play free, and take it too them from the first point. If we do that, we can cause them trouble and maybe an upset."
Dartmouth is 7-5 on the season, one of its wins coming against No. 5 Columbia, whom the Bulldogs recently lost to. Like Harvard, Dartmouth only has three first-years on its veteran squad.
"[The Dartmouth match] is just as important for us," said Lovejoy. "We lost to them last year in a 5-4 battle and were not going to let that happen again. The game plan is simple. Stay aggressive from the first point, stay in front and keep the pressure on. It's our last home match of the year so I think everyone will be motivated to get the win on Sunday."
Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN 3.
Report by Johnny Gross '21, Yale Sports Publicity