Hartford, Conn. – Junior Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) posted the lone 3-0 victory of the match to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-2 win over the visiting Harvard University Crimson in men's squash action this afternoon at Kellner Center. Top-ranked Trinity, the defending College Squash Association (CSA) National Champion, was coming off a nine-day layoff but improved to 15-0 with its 24th consecutive triumph. No. 3-ranked Harvard drops to 11-2 with its first loss in eight matches. The Bantams entertain No. 7-ranked Princeton on Friday at 6 p.m. in their next match.
Trinity gutted out wins in each match of the first wave, as all three went the distance but ended in the home team's favor. Junior Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland) earned the first Trinity point, handing Crimson sophomore Sean Hughes (Newtown Square, Pa.) his first career loss with an 11-9 win in the deciding fifth game at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Bantam sophomore Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) added a 3-2 win at the bottom of the ladder and rookie teammate Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) overcame a 2-0 deficit and a 20-minute delay to wrap his injured hand to take the No. 6 match with wins in the last three games.
With Trinity leading, 3-0, De Mulder continued his squad's momentum with a sweep in the No. 4 match, but classmate Thoboki Mohohlo (Johannesburg, South Africa) needed all five games to get past Harvard sophomore Timothy Brownwell (Belmont, Mass.) and clinch the decision for the Bantams. Moments later, freshman Adam Corcoran (Winchester, United Kingdom) posted a 3-1 win in the No. 7 match for Harvard's first point, while Crimson senior David Ryan (Dublin, Ireland) collected the second Crimson point during the third wave. Senior tri-captain Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) and sophomore Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India), at the top of the ladder against the nation's No. 6-ranked player, won for Trinity during the third wave
Trinity v. Harvard
1. TC- Kush Kumar d. Saadeldin Abouaish, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9
2. TC- Thoboki Mohohlo beat Timmy Brownwell, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7
3. TC- Michael Craig beat Sean Hughes, 11-4, 6-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9
4. H- David Ryan d. Rick Penders, 11-8, 11-3, 11-7
5. TC- Tom De Mulder beats Madhav Dhingra, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5.
6. TC- Ziad Sakr beats Samuel Scherl, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5
7. TC- Omar Allaudin beats Julien Gosset, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 12-10
8. H- Adam Corcoran d. Aryaman Adik, 14-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5
|9. TC- Andrew Lee beats Bradley Smith, 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8
Trinity (Conn.) 7, Harvard 2