Hartford, Conn., Feb. 22, 2011 - The Trinity College men's squash team, which has a 17-0 record after a 7-2 win at Brown on Wednesday, will defend its College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title for the 12th consecutive time this weekend at Harvard University. Trinity, which has been ranked No. 1 every week of the season, as well as the past 12 seasons, boasts a 241-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 fifth straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, and its 14th straight Association Trophy for the best dual-match record in the nation. The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (17th season, 300-8), will win their 13th 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 Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats in the quarterfinal round on Friday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m., followed by the semifinals on Saturday Feb. 26 and the finals on Sunday Feb. 27. The Bantams blanked the Diplomats, 9-0, in Pennsylvania during the regular season on Jan. 23. The winner of Trinity's quarterfinal match will play the winner of Friday's match between No. 4-seeded Rochester and No. 5-seeded Cornell, while No. 2-seeded and Ivy League Champion Yale will open against No. 7-seeded Dartmouth and No. 3-seeded Princeton plays No. 6-seeded Harvard in the other quarterfinal Friday. Franklin and Marshall is 11-6 after closing the regular season with a 7-2 win at Navy on Feb. 12.
At Brown, senior tri-captain Travis Judson (Greenwich, Conn.) allowed just 12 points in a 3-0 victory in the No. 5 match to give Assaiante his 300th victory as the Bantam men's squash coach. Trinity has a combined individual match record of 133-20 in its 17 wins this year, and the Bantams won seven of those, 9-0, and the other four by 8-1 counts. Senior tri-captain Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) and classmate Randy Lim (Penang, Malaysia) lead Trinity with identical 14-0 individual marks, while senior Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) is 13-1, junior Antonio Diaz-Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) is 10-1, senior tri-captain Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India) is 13-2, and junior No. 1 Vikram Malhotra (Mumbai, India) is 10-2. The Trinity men's roster includes six top-20 ranked individuals in the nation. Sharma is ranked No. 2, followed by Malhotra at No. 6, and Vargas at No. 12. Lim, Binnie, and Diaz are bunched together at No. 15, No. 16, and No. 17, respectively.