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December 12, 2012

Men's Squash Update - 1

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Heading into the holiday break, Ivy League men's squash teams have again shown that the Ancient Eight is home to the premier programs in the sport. 

Six Ivy League schools are ranked in the Top 10 of the Dunlop Men's College Squash Association Team Rankings as of the last release on Dec. 2. All eight schools are in the Top 20. Five of the eight teams holiday enter the break with unbeaten records, led by Harvard's 6-0 mark. 

Defending national champion Princeton sits atop the CSA rankings at No. 1. Harvard is ranked No. 3, followed Cornell at No. 4 and Harvard at No. 6. 

The Ivies return to action on Jan. 5 when Yale faces Colby and Williams. 

Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads this season:

Brown (4-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
The Bears are ranked No. 18 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA poll. Brown has won its last three matches by 9-0 scores, defeating MIT, Colby and Connecticut College in succession. Brown opened the season with a 6-3 win over Wesleyan. Junior Blake Reinson leads the way at No. 1 with a 4-0 mark, thus far. His lone challenge came from Wesleyan's Guy Davidson in the season opener when Reinson had to rally to win the last three games.

Brown's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. ninth-ranked Columbia at Stanford, Conn.

Columbia (1-1, 0-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
Columbia is No. 9 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA Rankings. The Lions opened the season with a 9-0 sweep of Georgetown before dropping a 5-4 decision against Cornell, which is currently ranked No. 4. Mohamed AbdelMaksoud won a five-game thriller for Columbia, rallying to win the final two games against Cornell's Owen Butler, 12-10 and 11-6, at No. 3. Last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year Ramit Tandon is 2-0 at No. 1 for the Lions. 

Columbia's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. 18th-ranked Brown at Stanford, Conn.

Cornell (5-0, 1-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
The Big Red is No. 4 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA Rankings. Cornell opened its Ivy slate with a 5-4 win over ninth-ranked Columbia in its last outing (Dec. 2). The Big Red wrapped up the match when senior Arjun Gupta closed out his match in four games at No. 4. Cornell had defeated Western Ontario, Williams (currently ranked No. 12), Hamilton and Stanford to open the season. Aditya Jagtap, Ryan Todd, Graham Dietz and Abhijit Malik are each 5-0 to open the year for Cornell. 

Cornell's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. No. 6 Yale

Dartmouth (3-2, 0-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
Dartmouth comes in at No. 8 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA Rankings. The Big Green had won three straight before dropping a 5-4 decision to seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall in their last outing. The three wins came against three teams currently ranked in the Top 20 - No. 10 St. Lawrence, No. 16 Navy and No. 20 Bowdoin. Senior Chris Hanson is 4-1 this season playing at No. 1, with his lone loss coming in the Ivy season-opener against Harvard's Ali Farag, the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year and CSA Individual Champion. 

Dartmouth's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 at No. 1-ranked Princeton.

Harvard (6-0, 1-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
Harvard is ranked No. 3 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA Rankings. The Crimson have won five of their six matches by shutout, with the lone exception coming in a 5-4 win over fifth-ranked Rochester. The Crimson blanked Dartmouth in their Ivy opener, 9-0, on November 28. Ali Farag, the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year and CSA Individual Champion, is 2-0 this season and now 18-0 for his career with the Crimson. The big showdown on the schedule comes Jan. 13 when Harvard visits Princeton.  

Harvard's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 at No. 13 Penn

Penn (3-2, 0-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
The Quakers are ranked No. 13 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA poll. Penn is coming off a convincing 8-1 win over 16th-ranked Navy in its last outing on Dec. 6. Sophomore Daniel Judd is Penn's lone unbeaten player and is now 5-0 on the year after defeating Navy's Cotter Walker in four games. Danny Greenberg downed Navy's Andrew McGuinness in four games to hand McGuinness just his second loss in 21 matches this season. The Quakers are a whisker away from being unbeaten as a team having suffered narrow 5-4 setbacks against George Washington and Williams. However, they will be tested when returning from the break as Penn will face in succession: No. 3 Harvard, No. 8 Dartmouth, No. 7 Franklin & Marshall, No. 2 Trinity and No. 1 Princeton. 

Penn's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. No. 3 Harvard

Princeton (4-0, 1-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
The defending national champions, Princeton is ranked No. 1 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA poll. The Tigers are coming off a big 7-2 win over fifth-ranked Rochester on Dec. 8, their 11th straight win and 22nd in the last 23 matches. The Tigers broke a 2-2 tie in the match with five straight victories to down the visiting Yellowjackets. Princeton had won its first three matches of the year all by shutout, blanking seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall, Drexel and No. 12 Williams. Senior Todd Harrity, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year and 2011 CSA Individual Champion, has shown his usual form with a 4-0 mark thus far this season. The big showdown comes on Jan. 13 when Princeton hosts No. 3-ranked Harvard. 

Princeton's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. No. 8 Dartmouth

Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights:
Yale is ranked No. 6 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA poll. The Bulldogs opened their season on Nov. 30, shutting out Franklin & Marshall, 9-0. The Bulldogs had a strong preseason, going 2-1 in the Ivy Scrimmages. 

Yale's Return to the Courts: Jan. 5 at Williams to play Williams and Colby