Hartford, Conn. - The defending National Champion Trinity College men's squash team will host the Harvard University Crimson on Thursday, January 28 at 4 p.m. Trinity is ranked No. 1 in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Poll, while the Crimson are ranked No. 3 nationally despite a 2-3 record.
Trinity, coached by Paul Assaiante (21st season), is 13-0 and has won 22 consecutive matches while outscoring its opponents by a combined score of, 106-11. The Bantams posted impressive wins at Yale and against Penn last week, who were both ranked No. 2 nationally on the day of the contest, but were tested on Sunday by Rochester in a 5-4 victory decided on the final match. Harvard has had a roller coaster of a season that includes 5-4 losses at Dartmouth and at home against St. Lawrence and Rochester but a 6-3 win against No. 2-ranked Pennsylvania.
Sophomore Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) and first-year Nku Patrick (San Fernando, Trinidad) lead the Bantams in wins with 12-0 records, while sophomore James Evans (Maidstone, England) is 11-0 this winter and 30-0 in his collegiate career. Senior co-captain Juan Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) is 11-1, while sophomore Rick Penders (Maastricht, Netherlands) and rookies Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) are each 10-1. Penders, who has emerged as a fixture at the top of the Bantam lineup and pulled out an 11-9 win in the fifth game to push the Bantams past Rochester, was ranked No. 9 nationally among individuals at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, while Vargas was ranked No. 14.