Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Zeyad Elshorafy (Alexandria, Egypt) won the deciding match, 3-0, at the No. 7 position to break a 4-4 tie and lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-4 decision over the visiting Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats in men's squash action this afternoon on Kellner Squash Center. Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation, improves to 6-0 with its 25th win in a row and its fourth victory in five days. Franklin and Marshall, ranked No. 6 nationally, drops to 3-2 with its second setback in a row.
With the match tied, 1-1, Dylan Cunningham won, 3-1, against Trinity junior Moustafa Hamada (Alexandria, Egypt) to put the Bantams behind in a match for the first time this season. Trinity sophomore No. 2 Karan Malik (Mumbai, India) countered with a 3-0 victory to tie the match, but Alex Arjoon (New York, N.Y.) returned the favor for the Diplomats by the same score to push the visitors back ahead, 3-2.
The teams traded wins once again when Bantam senior captain Matthew Mackin (Greenwich, Conn.) won, 3-1, at No. 8 and Franklin and Marshall freshman Abhishek Pradham (Mumbai, India) edged Bantam junior Miled Zarazua (Mexico City, Mexico) at the top spot in the lineup. With Trinity trailing, 4-3, and two matches remaining, sophomore No. 4 Juan Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) won, 3-1, and Elshorafy swept Ryan Mullaney to clinch the match.
1. FM-Abhishek Pradhan d. Miled Zarazua, 11-5, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 5-11
2. TC- Karan Malik d. Wesley Osborne, 11-7, 11-9, 11-3
3. TC-Vrishab Kotian d. Jack Cutler, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9
4. TC-Juan Vargas d. Mauricio Sedano, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6
5. FM-Alex Arjoon d. Alfeeq Ismail, 7-11, 9-11, 6-11
6. FM-Pedro Veiga de Almeida d. Elroy Leong , 6-11, 3-11, 11-4, 9-11
7. TC-Zeyad Elshorafy d. Ryan Mullaney, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
8. TC-Matthew Mackin d. Brian Henry, 6-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-6
9. FM-Dylan Cunningham d. Moustafa Hamada, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 10-12
Trinity (Conn.) 5, Franklin and Marshall 4