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Trinity Men's Squash Hosts CSA National Championships This Weekend

Trinity Men's Squash Hosts CSA National Championships This Weekend

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College Bantam men's squash team, which has a 17-0 record after an 8-1 win against Rochester on Saturday to close the regular season, will defend its College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title as the top seed this weekend at its own Kellner Squash Center from Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25. The Bantams, which won their 16th national title in the last 19 seasons in 2017 and captured their 12th consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title earlier this month, have beaten all the other seven teams in the field this season.  Trinity will open post-season play against the No. 8-seeded Princeton University Tigers on Friday, February 23 at 4 p.m. Trinity is also serving as host of all seven other CSA Divisions Tournaments this weekend, along with Wesleyan University, Loomis Chaffee School, and Westminster School.

The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (24th season, 435-16), will face the winner of Friday's match featuring No. 4-seeded St. Lawrence and No. 5-seeded Dartmouth in the CSA Semifinals on Saturday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. if they win against Princeton and again in Saturday's semifinals, the CSA Finals will take place on Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m.  The Potter Trophy consists of the top eight teams in intercollegiate squash in a three-round, single elimination tournament.  The other CSA Quarterfinal matches are No. 2-seeded Columbia against No. 7-seeded Rochester, and No. 3-seeded Harvard against No. 6-seeded Pennsylvania.  Trinity has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the entire year and finished the regular-season in impressive fashion with a 7-2 win against No. 3-ranked Harvard last Tuesday and 8-1 victories against No. 6-ranked Princeton and No. 8-ranked Rochester over the weekend.  

Trinity has a combined individual match record of 138-15 in its 17 matches this year, while first-year Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) leads the Bantams individually with a 13-0 record and sophomore Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is 11-0 this winter.  Bantam junior Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has a team-high 15 wins against just one loss, senior tri-captain James Evans (Maidstone, England) is 13-1, and both senior tri-captain Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) and junior Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) are 12-1.  First-year Aryaman Adik (Mumbai, India) has impressed in his first collegiate season at 14-2, while sophomore Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) is 9-2 at the top of the Trinity lineup, and classmate Thoboki Mohohlo (Johanessburg, South Africa) is 8-2 at the No. 2 spot.  Three-time All-American senior tri-captain Rick Penders (Maastricht, Netherlands) looks to finish strong, after splitting his eight matches since returning from a semeter abroad in the fall.

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