Hartford, Conn., Feb. 17, 2010 - The Trinity College men's squash team, which has a 19-0 record after a 9-0 win against No. 4-ranked Princeton on Saturday, will defend its College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title for the 11th consecutive time this weekend at Yale University. Trinity, which has been ranked No. 1 every week of the season, as well as the past 11 seasons, boasts a 221-match winning streak dating back to the 1998 campaign. The streak is the longest in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports. Trinity has already won its fourth straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, and its 13th straight Association Trophy for the best dual match record in the nation. The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (16th season, 279-11), will win their 12th national championship crown in a row with three wins this weekend.
The Potter Trophy consists of the top eight teams in intercollegiate squash in a three-round, single elimination tournament. Top-seeded Trinity will play the No. 8-seeded Western Ontario University Mustangs in the quarterfinal round on Friday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., followed by the semifinals on Saturday Feb. 20 and the finals on Sunday Feb. 22. The Bantams have not played the Mustangs since a 9-0 win against them at Hobart in February of 2000. The winner of Trinity's quarterfinal match will play the winner of Friday's match between No. 4-seeded Princeton and No. 5-seeded Harvard, while No. 2-seeded and Ivy League Champion Yale will open against No. 7-seeded Dartmouth and No. 3-seeded Rochester plays No. 6-seeded Cornell in the other quarterfinal Friday. Western Ontario, the lone Canadian school participating in the CSA Tournament, is 18-0 this winter.
In a rematch of last year's National Championship finalists on Saturday, Trinity handed Princeton its first shutout loss of the year and its first since the Bantams blanked them in the 2007 CSA Finals, in the last match of this regular season for both squads. Bantam sophomore Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India) earned clinching fifth point at the No. 2 position, while senior co-captain Supreet Singh (Mumbai, India), ranked No. 17 in the nation, won, 3-2, against the nation's No. 7-ranked player, coming back from a 2-1 deficit in the No. 3 spot. All but three matches went longer than the minimum three games.
Trinity has a combined individual match record of 166-5 in its 19 wins this year, and the Bantams won 14 of those, 9-0, and the other five by 8-1 counts. Senior co-captain and two-time defending CSA National Singles Champion Baset Chaudhry (Lahore, Pakistan) and Sharma lead Trinity with 13-0 individual marks, while junior Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) is 12-0, sophomore Vikram Malholtra (Mumbai, India) and junior Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) are both 11-0, and junior Daniel Echavarria (San Salvador, El Salvador) and sophomore Antonio Salas (Mexico City, Mexico) are both 10-0. The Trinity men's roster includes five top-15 ranked individuals in the nation. Chaudhry is ranked as the top collegiate squash player in the country, followed by Malholtra at the No. 4 spot. Sharma at No. 6, Vargas at No. 12, and junior Randy Lim (Penang, Malaysia) at No. 13 are the also among the nation's elite individuals.