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Two-time Defending Champion Trinity Men's Squash Opens National Tournament Play Against Columbia Friday

Will Curtis '22
Will Curtis '22

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's squash team, which has a 14-2 record after an 8-1 setback at Harvard last Wednesday to close the regular season, will defend its College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title as the No. 3 seed this weekend at Yale University from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17. The Trinity Bantams won their 17th national title in the last 20 seasons and their second in a row in 2018 and captured their 13th consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title earlier this month.  Trinity will open post-season play against the No. 6-seeded Columbia University Lions on Friday, February 15 at 1 p.m. 

The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (25th season, 452-18), will face the winner of Friday's match featuring No. 2-seeded Rochester and No. 7-seeded Princeton in the CSA Semifinals on Saturday, February 16 at 3 p.m. if they win against Columbia.  The CSA Finals will take place on Sunday, February 17 at 2:45 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 top-seeded Harvard against No. 8-seeded Dartmouth, and No. 4-seeded Pennsylvania against No. 5-seeded Yale.  Trinity has won the last two CSA National Championships, including last year's with a 9-0 win over Harvard in the finals.  Trinity is 5-2 against the other seven teams in the field with wins over Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Columbia, Princeton, and the host Bulldogs, a 6-3 loss at Rochester, and an 8-1 setback at Harvard. Trinity edged Columbia, coached by former Bantam star Jacques Swanepoel, 5-4, on January 8 thanks to a match-clinching win by junior Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

Trinity has a combined individual match record of 111-33 in its 16 matches this year, while senior Nku Patrick (San Fernando, Trinidad) leads the Bantams individually with a perfect 15-0 record.  Bantam junior Thobok Mohohlo (Johanessburg, South Africa) is 9-1, while sophomore Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) is 11-3, Lee is 11-4, and senior tri-captain Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) is 9-4.  Sophomore Aryaman Adik(Mumbai, India) has won 11 of is 16 matches, while rookies Will Curtis (Joondalup, Australia) and Aly Tolba (Alexandria, Egypt) have combined to go 21-9.  Sophomore Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) sits at the top of the Bantam ladder and has a 7-4 mark this winter against the best players in the nation.

CSA Nationals bracket