By Anne Bello
Published Oct 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM ET

Harvard University Cambridge, MA — The Harvard men have made significant strides in a short space of time. In 2011, they were relegated to the consolation bracket at the Men’s National Team Championships and had to battle to finish fifth in the nation. A year later, they made it to the semifinals, and last year they reached the finals, where they fell to Trinity 3-6. This year’s squad is deep, experienced, and hungry to win. Two starters from last season’s finalist roster have graduated, but they both played in the bottom three. Three of the six newcomers are expected to play in the top nine: Dylan Murray should find a spot near the top of the order, Devin McLaughlin will likely play in the middle, and Bryan Koh will help fill those gaps near the bottom. Gordon Michas, Cooper Briggs, and Evan Hahn will also be joining the program, as well former Rochester standout Hameed Ahmed, a new assistant coach. If some of those names sound familiar, they should: Koh, McLaughlin, Michas and Murray all have siblings who have played or are playing squash at Harvard. Harvard will be hosting the men’s championships this year, and if they bring home the title they won’t have far to drive — but they will have come a long way.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 16-3

Final Ranking: 2

Team Championships: 2nd in the Potter Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mike Way

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ali Farag (2014 – First Team All-American; All-Ivy League Team; Academic All Ivy; Ivy League Player of the Year); 2. Brandon McLaughlin (2014 – Second Team All-American; All-Ivy League Team; Scholar Athlete); 3. Nigel Koh (2014); 4. Gary Power (2014 – Scholar Athlete); 5. Tyler Olson (2015); 6. Tommy Mullaney (2014 – Scholar Athlete); 8. Matthew Roberts (2016);  10. Sam Goldberg (2016); 11. Julian Kirby (2015); Nick Hopcroft

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 7. Zeke Scherl (2013); 9. Alex Ma (2013); Jason Michas (2013); Charlie Cabot (2013); and Shaw McKean (2013)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Dylan Murray (Bronxville)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Devin McLaughlin (Episcopal Academy)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Bryan Koh (Anglo-Chinese School)
  • Other addition: Cooper Briggs; Evan Hahn; and Gordon Michas (Collegiate School)

Captains: Gary Power and Brandon McLaughlin

Team Goals: To compete for the Ivy League and national titles

Key Matches: Cornell, Princeton, Rochester, St. Lawrence, and Yale

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.