No. 1 Women’s Squash Readies for National Championship Defense

Hannah Craig finishes her swing.
Hannah Craig is 5-0 in her career when competing for the Howe Cup. (Photo/Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With an undefeated regular season in the rear-view mirror, No. 1 Harvard women's squash is now focused on the defense of its national championship title. The Crimson (14-0, 7-0 Ivy) will make the trip down to New Haven this weekend, where it will compete for its fifth-straight Howe Cup at Yale University's Brady Squash Center.

Harvard, the tournament's top seed will compete in the quarterfinal round against No. 8 Columbia on Friday. The Crimson bested the Lions earlier this season by a score of 8-1. Should Harvard win, it will play the winner of No. 4 Trinity and No. 5 Penn on Saturday. 

Harvard will be in the mix for the Howe Cup for the 18th straight season and will attempt to secure its 20th national championship. This Harvard team also has a chance to make history with its sixth-consecutive national championship, beating the previous record of five-straight set by Bill Doyle's Harvard teams from 1993-97.

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What to Know

  • Harvard has played, and beaten, all seven other teams in the Howe Cup field this season.
  • Harvard has posted an all-time record of 49-16 vs. the How eCup field. 
  • The Crimson is 25-2 in Howe Cup play under the leadership of Mike Way, Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Harvard University, James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence.
  • Way has also won the team national championships both times it has been played at Yale in 2013 and 2016. 
  • Harvard has posted a 55-10 record all time in Howe Cup play at Yale.
  • The Crimson has won its past 13 matches at Yale's Squash facility.
  • Gina Kennedy, Amelia Henley, Eleonore Evans and Annika Engstrom are looking to become the fifth Harvard class to graduate with four Howe Cups.
  • Henley has won 49 consecutive matches, a team-high, and sports a 9-0 mark in Howe Cup play.
  • Kennedy has won 37 straight matches and has posted an 8-1 mark in Howe Cup action.
  • As individuals, the 2019-20 Crimson lineup has combined for a 36-2 record in the team national championships.
  • Harvard enters the tournament with a CSA-record 80-match win streak and as a record-tying five-time defending national champion.

Leading the Way
Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Harvard University and James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence, is in his 10th season as the head coach for both men's and women's squash. Way is coming off a historic 2018-19 season in which both his teams won the Ivy League and national title. In addition, Way coached the individual national champion in each division. Victor Crouin won the Pool Trophy and Gina Kennedy earned her second Ramsay Cup a year ago.

Next Up
The Crimson will get right back to work in preparation for the CSA Individual Nationals that will be held March 6-8 at Penn. Draws and seedings will be announced the week of the tournament.