Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's squash team will visit the top-ranked Harvard University Crimson on Wednesday, February 8 at 4 p.m. Trinity, ranked No. 2 in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Poll, won its 11th New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title in a row over the weekend with a 8-1 victory over Bates on Sunday. Harvard is 9-0 after a sweeping No. 3-ranked Columbia (8-1) and Cornell (9-0) over the weekend.
Trinity, coached by Paul Assaiante (23rd season), is 14-1 and has outscored its opponents by a combined score of, 125-10. The Bantams own impressive wins over No. 3-ranked Columbia, No. 5-ranked Drexel. and No. 6-ranked Pennsylvania, but dropped a 5-4 decision at No. 4-ranked Rochester on January 21. Harvard has beaten all other six teams in the nation's top eight, including a 6-3 triumph at Rochester on January 28.
Junior Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) leads the Bantams with a 15-0 record, while first-years Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is 13-0, and senior tri-captain Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia) is 12-0. Junior tri-captain Rick Penders (Maatricht, Netherlands), sophomores Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and Thoboki Mohohlo (Hartford, Conn.), and first-year Kush Kumar (Chennai, India) have battled it out for the top-four spots on the Bantam ladder throughout the last few eeks.
Penders was ranked No. 3 nationally among individuals at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, while Craig was No. 13, De Mulder was No. 21, and Ismail was No. 22. Harvard senior Brian Koh was ranked No. 12 at the end of last season.