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Six Trinity Men's Squash Players Collect Post-Season Honors, Mohohlo Tabbed NESCAC Rookie Of The Year

Six Trinity Men's Squash Players Collect Post-Season Honors, Mohohlo Tabbed NESCAC Rookie Of The Year

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College junior tri-captain Rick Penders (Maastricht, Netherlands) andsophomores Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and Thoboki Mohohlo (Hartford, Conn.) were each named to the College Squash Association (CSA) All-American First Team, while senior tri-captain Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia) graced the CSA All-American Second Team.  Mohohlo was also named as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Squash Rookie of the Year, and joined Penders and junior James Evans (Maidstone, England) on the All-NESCAC First Team, while Ismail, junior Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan), and Craig each garnered All-NESCAC Second Team honors.  Trinity, coached by Paul Assaiante (24th season), posted a 19-1 record, won its 11th consecutive NESCAC Championship title, and captured its 16th College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship (Potter Cup) crown in the last 19 years with a 5-4 triumph over Harvard on February 19. 

The 2016-17 season marked Mohohlo's first year of collegiate  squash. He went 14-1 predominantly at the No. 3 position in the lineup, after joining the team in January, and was one of just three Bantams to won all three of his matches in the Potter Cup.  Mohohlo went on to reach the semifinals of the Pool Trophy "A" bracket in the CSA National Singles Championships.  He is the fourth Bantam to be recognized as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, joining Tom De Mulder (2016), Miled Zarazua Ramirez (2012) and Andres Vargas (2008).  Mohohlo is a graduate of Red Hill High School in South Africa.

Penders, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and a two-time member of the first team, compiled a 14-4 record this season while playing primarily at the No. 2 spot in Trinity's lineup, and was 2-1 in the Potter Cup. Also a three-time CSA All-American, Penders finished the 2015-16 season as the No. 3-ranked player in the country.  He was also a NESCAC All-Academic honoree as a sophomore.  He is a graduate of Bonnefantencollege, and is majoring in urban studies at Trinity.  

For the third straight season, Evans had a perfect record, winning all 12 of his matches including all three in the Potter Cup.  Playing mostly at the No. 8 position in the lineup this winter, after returning from a semester spent studying abroad, Evans owns the best individual record in Trinity squash history to 51-0 and counting.  An All-NESCAC Second Teamer last season as well as both a NESCAC All-Academic and NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honoree.  Evans is a graduate of Invicta Grammar School and is majoring in psychology at Trinity.  He is the son of Sharon Evans.

Ismail, a two-year captain who repeats on the all-league second team, was 18-2 in 2016-17 and 2-1 in the Potter Cup.  He holds the Bantam single-season win record with 24 as a sophomore in 2014-15.  Ismail won Molloy Bracket Finals in each of the last three CSA National Singles Championships, and finished 2015-16 as the No. 22-ranked player in the nation.  Ismail closes his collegiate career as the all-time winningest player in Trinity men's squash history with 77 wins against just 12 losses.  A graduate of All Saints High School, Ismail is majoring in mechanical engineering at Trinity.  He is the son of Ismail Sulaiman and Siti Aishah Abidin.

Allaudin paced the Bantams with 20 wins this season and yielded just three losses, while winning two of three matches in the Potter Cup. A 2015-16 NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Allaudin graduated from Bloomfield Hall High School and is majoring in economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Gogi Allaudin and Irshaad Gogi.

Craig, a two-time All-American, was 16-3 after earning the CSA National Team Championships MVP honors with a 3-0 mark at the No. 3 position including a 3-2 victory against Harvard to clinch the Potter Cup Finals win. He was also an All-NESCAC First Team selection as a rookie, when he finished as the No. 13 ranked player in the country.  A graduate of Campbell College, he is the son of Kim and Ian Craig.

CSA All-American information 

All-NESCAC information