Hartford, Conn., Jan. 17 - The Trinity College men's squash team will visit the Yale University Bulldogs on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Brady Courts at 6 p.m. Trinity is ranked No. 1 in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Polls, while the Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 nationally. Trinity defeated Yale in the last two CSA National Championship Finals including a 5-4 triumph last February. The match will be webcast live here.
Thirteen-time defending CSA National Champion Trinity, coached by Paul Assaiante (18th season), is 8-0 and has won 252 consecutive matches dating back to the 1997-98 season which gives the Bantams the longest active winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity athletics. Trinity has outscored its opponents by a combined score of, 69-3, this winter, having come back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat No. 6-ranked Cornell on Friday before posting an 8-1 victory over No.8-ranked Franklin and Marshall on Sunday.
Trinity won the final six matches of the night to defeat Cornell at home after a 34-day layoff.
Trinity rookie Miled Ramirez (Mexico City, Mexico) opened the game and his collegiate career with a 3-0 win at the No. 3 position, and junior No 5 player Reinhold Hergeth (Bloemfontein, South Africa) tied the contest at 2-2 with a 3-0 triumph before freshman Moustafa Hamada (Old Bridge, N.J.) won by the same score in his collegiate debut to give the Bantams a 3-2 lead. Trinity went on to take the final four points, including the decisive fifth tally on a 3-0 win by sophomore Matthew Mackin (Greenwich, Conn.) at the No. 7 spot. Hergeth allowed just 14 points in a 3-0 win at the No. 5 position in the Franklin and Marshall match. Junior Juan Flores (San Salvador, El Salvador) and Mackin also posted 3-0 triumphs on Sunday.
Trinity has its most inexperienced team in years, after losing six starters and five All-Americans from last year's squad. Senior co-captain Vikram Malhotra (Mumbai, India), ranked No. 3 in the nation individually after last season, leads the group along with senior co-captain Antonio Gonzalez-Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico) who was ranked No. 24 nationally. Hergeth and Mackin share the team lead this winter with 8-0 individual records.
Yale is 6-0 in after sweeping Columbia, 9-0, and Williams, 8-1, on Sunday. The Bulldogs edged Cornell at home, 5-4, on Saturday. g a 6-3 win at No. 5-ranked Cornell on Saturday. Juniors Hywel Robinson (Bridgend, Wales.), Kenneth Chan (Singapore), and Richard Dodd (Benoni, South Africa) were ranked among the nation's top 25 players at the close of 2010-11.