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Ivy Crown On the Line

Ivy Crown On the Line

Feb. 12, 2004

New Haven, CT - The Yale men's squash team (9-1, 4-0) takes on Harvard this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Brady Squash Center in the biggest contest of the season. A win over their archrival (5-0 in Ivy play) would give the Bulldogs at least a share of the Ivy League title.

The Elis still have to play at Brown (0-5) next Tuesday. Yale is currently ranked No. 2 in the country, trailing only Trinity, while Harvard is ranked right behind the Bulldogs at No.3.

Saturday will also feature a matchup of two of the best players in collegiate squash when Julian Illingsworth of Yale (No.2 in the nation), takes on No. 4 Will Broadbent of Harvard.

"It is a huge day for us, we haven't faced Harvard with the Ivy title on the line in 14 years," said Yale head coach Dave Talbott. "This means a lot for the program, which has reached its peak. We owe a lot of that to our eight seniors, which is the largest class I've ever had. Julian is a slight favorite at the one spot [against Harvard], but I've never seen more evenly matched opponents from No. 2 through 9. You can't pick a winner in any of them, which is unusual."