New Haven, Conn. – Rochester sophomore Tomotaka Endo (Kawasaki, Japan) edged Trinity first-year Tom de Mulder (Gent, Belgium), 12-10, in the fifth game of the last remaining match to give the No. 4-seeded Yellowjackets a 5-4 victory over the top-seeded Trinity College Bantams in the semifinal round of the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships this afternoon at Yale University's Brady Courts. The Bantams, which won the 2015 CSA National title and 14 of the previous 16 national tournaments before that, will not appear in the national finals for the first time since 1996. Rochester improves to 12-3 and will face the host Yale Bulldogs in the CSA Finals at Yale tomorrow at 3 p.m. Trinity plays St. Lawrence in the Third-Place Match tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Brady Courts.
Trinity trailed, 2-1, after the first wave, as junior co-captain Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia) salvaged the shift for the Bantams with a 3-0 win in the No. 6 position in the lineup. Trinity sophomore James Evans (Maidstone, England) and first-year Nku Patrick (San Fernando, Trinidad) both won, 3-1, and Rochester junior Ryosei Kobayashi (Yokohama, Japan) did the same during the second wave to tie the match at 3-3. Evans remained perfect at 38-0 for his collegiate career, setting a new Trinity record for career wins without a loss, while Patrick rebounded from an 11-4 deficit in the first game to take the second, 12-10, and rolled from there.
In the final shift, sophomore Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) gave the Bantams a 4-3 lead with a 3-0 sweep at the No. 7 spot, but Mario Yanez (Aguascalientes, Mexico) answered for the Yellowjackets with a 3-1 triumph at the top of the ladder. De Mulder won his first game, 11-4, but lost two in a row, 11-5, and, 11-4, before rallying to take the fourth game, 11-6. Endo's 12-10 win in the clinching game puts Rochester in the CSA Finals for the first time.
"It was a tough end for us," said Trinity Head Coach Paul Assaiante. "Rochester deserved to win, but we certainly fought with every bit of pride and courage that we had."