Cambridge, Mass. – The Trinity College men's squash program finished its season with an exciting win in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships (Potter Cup) consolation match, downing Princeton 5-4 Sunday afternoon. Trinity's third-place result in the Potter Trophy counts as the 24th consecutive appearance for Trinity in the Potter Cup, and its first third-place finish since the 2015-16 season.
The Bantams got off to a solid start, taking a 2-1 lead after the first wave. First-year Julius Benthin (Norderstedt, Germany) picked up his fifth win of the season at No. 9, taking care of business with a 3-0 victory. Senior Kush Kumar (New Delhi, India) followed Benthin, earning a 3-1 win at the No. 2 spot. After an 11-1 win to start the first set, Kumar fell in the second before conceding 14 points in the following two sets before taking the win.
Princeton picked up another win in the second wave, but the Bantams controlled the contest, seeing a 4-2 lead. First-year Ali El Toukhy (Cairo, Egypt) earned Trinity's second sweep of the day, lasting just 38 minutes in the 3-0 victory at the No 5 spot. First-year Miko Aijanen (Jarvenpaa, Finland) outlasted Princeton's Youssef Ibrahim in a match that lasted just over an hour. Aijanen got up 2-1 before Ibrahim knotted things up, forcing the contest to go to a fifth set. In a back-and-forth battle, the first-year was able produce an 11-9 win, setting Trinity up for a chance to win in the third wave.
In the final wave, junior Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) was the first to victory, sealing Trinity's victory and solidifying third place. Sakr split the first two contests against Princeton's Duncan Joyce before 11-8 and 11-5 wins at the No. 6 spot. Princeton captured the final two matchups, but the Bantams had the contest wrapped up, earning the 5-4 win.