Hartford, Conn., Feb. 21, 2013 - The Trinity College Bantam men's squash team, which has a 16-0 record after a 6-3 win against the then-No. 4-ranked Princeton University Tigers in its regular-season finale on Saturday, will look to recapture the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title that it held for 13 years prior to a 5-4 loss to the Tigers in last year's CSA Finals this weekend at Yale University. The Bantams, which earned their seventh consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title earlier this month, have earned the No. 1 spot in the CSA National Rankings having finished as the lone undefeated team in the country to earn their 17th consecutive Association Trophy. Trinity will open post-season play against the No. 8-seeded St. Lawrence University Saints (10-4) on Friday, February 22 at 11:30 a.m.
The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (19th season, 337-10), will face the winner of Friday's match featuring No. 4-seeded Yale and No. 5-seeded Cornell in the CSA Semifinals on Saturday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. if they win against St. Lawrence, and the CSA Finals will take place on Sunday, February 24 at 12:30 p.m. The Potter Trophy consists of the top eight teams in intercollegiate squash in a three-round, single elimination tournament. The other CSA Quarterfinal matches are No. 2-seeded Princeton against No. 7-seeded Franklin and Marshall, and No. 3-seeded Harvard against No. 6-seeded Rochester.
Trinity has a combined individual match record of 123-21 in its 16 matches this year, including wins over all five of the other top-six seeds in the tournament. First-year Zeyad Elshorafy (Alexandria, Egypt) leads Trinity with a 14-0 individual mark, while sophomore Moustafa Hamada (Alexandria, Egypt) is 14-1, senior co-captain Johan Detter (Malmoe, Sweden) is 13-1, and sophomore Vrishab Kotian (Mumbai, India) is 11-1. Senior co-captain Reinhold Hergeth (Bloemfontein, South Africa) is 6-4 at the top of the Trinity lineup, while rookie Juan Vargas (Bogota, Colomia) is 8-5 at the No. 2 spot, and sophomore Miled Zarazua (Mexico City, Mexico) is 9-4 at the No. 3 position. Junior Matthew Mackin (Greenwich, Conn.) and senior Juan Flores (San Salvador, El Salvador) are seasoned veterans with Potter Trophy experience and a 20-3 combined record this winter, while freshman Karan Malik (Mumbai, India) has made an immediate impact for the Bantams with an 8-1 record after being slowed by an injury early in the season.