January 28, 2011

No. 2 Yale Takes On No. 3 Princeton

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2 Yale Bulldogs will host the No. 3 Princeton Tigers this Saturday at 1p.m. at the Brady Squash Center in a showdown between the two highest ranked Ivy League teams. An Alumni Squash Round Robin and a clinic will precede the match for the kids from Squash Haven, Yale's community service project.  This will be followed by a lunch for alumni, family, and friends of Yale Squash before the match at 1p.m.  

The Yale Men are facing Princeton in the match that could very well decide the Ivy Championship, which the Yale men outright won last season.  Both teams have beaten No. 5 Cornell, who has already defeated No. 6 Harvard to make Yale and Princeton the two favorites to win the Ivy League.  Yale, currently ranked No. 2, is one spot ahead of No. 3 Princeton in the national rankings.

Last year Yale won a very tight 5-4 match down at Princeton, and this year looks to be just as close.  Princeton is led by sophomore Todd Harrity, the top ranked player in the league, and has a deep and experienced line-up.  After last year, the tigers are clearly looking for revenge on Saturday in New Haven.

The Men are coming off a strong weekend with a 7-2 win over No. 4 Rochester.  Senior captain Naishadh Lalwani will have his parents in the stands, who have travelled all the way from Mumbai, India, to see Naishadh play for the first time at Yale in his four years.

"The men have worked extremely hard since August to put themselves in a position to win another Ivy Championship.  Despite the lone loss to Trinity, their focus has been tremendous and their preparation is right where it needs to be.  Playing this match on Alumni Day is big, and I am confident that we can rise to the occasion," says head coach David Talbott.

 

Report issued by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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