Hartford, Conn. – In 2012, when the Trinity College Bantams men’s squash team lost their first game in over thirteen years before falling in the National Championship later that year, the most winning collegiate sports dynasty and its fan base were in a state of shock. Players were back at the Kellner Squash Courts practicing on their own the very next day, with their eyes set on the 2013 Championship.
At the first team practice later that year, Marc DiBenedetto ’13 picked up a camera and began following the group, with a goal to tell the story of the season – no matter the result. Fast-forward to the end of the season, when Trinity earned their 14th CSA National Championship in fifteen years with a thrilling 6-3 triumph over an admirable Harvard University Crimson team. It was a happy ending to a somber 2012.
The culmination of the players’ dedication to each other,
and of DiBenedetto’s dedication to the story, is “All
In,” a documentary about the Trinity squash family and their
path to redemption, which was unveiled at a special screening and
reception at the iconic Cinestudio theater on Trinity’s
campus last month.
“Knowing that there was going to be so many people watching made me want to put out the best film I possibly can,” DiBenedetto said. “I didn’t want to let the team down.”
The film, DiBenedetto’s senior thesis project, is an all-access look at the squash team. He was at every game this season, and a couple of practices a week, at Fenway Park when the team was honored by the Boston Red Sox, and at the team’s banquet, where he received a National Championship ring with the approval of the entire team.
DiBenedetto, president of Trinity Sports Network (TSN), a student-run sports highlight show on campus, says he’s always wanted to work in sports media or broadcasting. A creative writing major in the English Department, he says this project has opened up another world for him.
“The film has got me interested in feature length films and documentary films,” he said. “I’ve learned so much and had a great time doing it.”