Portions courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In a marathon battle with archrival and No. 2 Yale, the Harvard men's squash team finished strong to earn a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 Monday night at the Murr Center Squash Courts.
In a match that lasted over four hours, the Crimson (15-2, 6-1 Ivy League) won two of the first three and the final two, including senior co-captain Zeke Scherl's dramatic clincher, to hold off the Bulldogs, 6-3, on senior night and earn a share of the Ancient Eight crown with Princeton (10-2, 6-1 Ivy).
The Tigers also finished 6-1 and will share the crown with Harvard despite beating the Crimson in a thrilling 5-4 match back on January 13. Princeton's lone Ivy setback came when Cornell knocked off the Tigers in Ithaca, 5-4, on February 8.
Princeton bounced back to beat Columbia, 9-0, two days later to clinch a share of the crown with Yale and Harvard having to postpone their match that same weekend due to Winter Storm Nemo. The winner of Yale-Harvard was to share the crown with the Tigers.
For Princeton, it is the sixth time in the last eight years that Princeton has won or shared the Ancient Eight title. For Harvard, it is the program's first Ivy title since sharing it with both Yale and Princeton in 2006.
In all, Princeton has now won 18 Ivy League men's squash titles, while Harvard has won a League-best 38 titles in 57 years of League play.
Scherl dropped the first game in his match with Eric Caine before rebounding to take the second by an identical 11-7 score. The third proved to be the pivot point that swung momentum heavily into Harvard's co-captain's favor, outlasting the Yale junior, 11-9. In the fourth, Scherl raced out to an early 5-0 advantage before Caine narrowed the advantage; however, the early deficit was too much as he pulled away to win, 11-5, to send his teammates into a frenzied celebration.
Princeton is the No. 2 seed and Harvard is the No. 3 seed in the Potter Cup at this weekend's CSA Men's Team Championships.