Hartford, Conn., January 17, 2017 - The top-ranked Trinity College men's squash team will host the defending National Champion Yale University Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 nationally, on Wednesday, January 18 at 6 p.m. The Trinity and Yale women's squash squads will face off concurrently with the men's teams on Wednesday.
The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (23rd season), are 9-0 and have outscored their opponents by a combined score of, 77-4, this winter including a 9-0 win at Franklin and Marshall on Sunday in its most recent effort. Trinity has won 15 of the last 18 College Squash Association (CSA) National titles, but failed to reach the finals for the first time since 1996 last winter due to a 5-4 setback against Rochester in the semifinals. Playing on its home courts, the Bulldogs captured their first CSA crown with a 5-4 victory over the Yellowjackets, but Yale has stumbled recently. The Bulldogs are 3-2 after losing to No. 3-ranked Rochester, 8-1, winning at Cornell, 8-1, and falling at No. 5-ranked Columbia, 7-2, last week.
Junior Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) and first-year Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) lead the Bantams with 9-0 records, while fellow rookie Yehia Essam (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is 8-0, and senior tri-captain Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia), junior tri-captain Rick Penders (Maastricht, Netherlands), and sophomore Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) are each 7-0. Penders, sophomore Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland), and rookie Kush Kumar (Chennai, India) have battled it out for the top-three spots on the ladder all season. 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.