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Trinity Men's Squash Beaten By Harvard In National Championship Finals

Ziad Sakr '20
Ziad Sakr '20

New Haven, Conn. - The Trinity College Bantams made their 21st appearance in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships (Potter Trophy) Finals in the last 22 years, dropping a 9-0 decision against the top-seeded Harvard University Crimson in the title match at Yale University this afternoon.  The Bantams, which downed Columbia and Rochester, both by 5-4 scores, over the last two days to reach the finals, finish the season at 16-3.  Harvard completes a perfect season at 16-0, winning four of nine individual matches by 3-0 scores.  Trinity had won the Potter Trophy in both 2017 and 2018 and has 17 of them since 1999.  

The first wave was competitive despite a 3-0 win by Tim Brownell for the Crimson early.  Trinity sophomore Aryman Adik (Mumbai, India) took the second game against Harvard's Sean Hughes but lost, 3-1, to make the team score 2-0, and Bantam senior Nku Patrick (San Fernando, Trinidad) held a 2-0 lead before falling to Crimson senior Alexi Gosset, 3-2, in the No. 9 match.  With Trinity trailing, 3-0, entering the second wave, junior Thoboki Mohohlo (Johannesburg, South Africa) took two of the first three games against Marwan Tarek, but Harvard's Saadeldin Abouiash earned the fourth Crimson point with a 3-0 win in the No. 5 match moments before Tarwen edged Mohohlo, 3-2, to secure the clinching fifth point.  

"The better team won today but I am so proud of what this team was able to accomplish this year," said Trinity Head Coach Paul Assaiante.  "We won two extremely tough 5-4 matches the last two days that came down the end, and our tanks were empty.  It really was Harvard and everybody else this year and hats off to them for a great season, but we are glad that we ended up the best of everybody else.  It will be up to the boys to decide how much this experience motivates us in the off-season. If we put the work in then we'll be back."