Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams captured their 17th College Squash Association (CSA) National Men's Team Championship (Potter Trophy), sweeping the first wave of matches on their way to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Harvard at Kellner Center. Trinity, which won every Potter Trophy from 1999 to 2011 and won again in 2013, 2015, and 2017, downed No. 8 Princeton, 8-1, and edged No. 4 St. Lawrence, 5-4, to reach the finals. Harvard, the No. 3 seed in the eight-team field, finishes its year at 13-3. Top-seeded Trinity, the host of the three-day event, closes the 2017-18 season with a perfect 20-0 record and will enter next season in the midst of a 29-match winning streak.
Trinity, which had beaten the Crimson, 7-2, 12 days earlier in Hartford, followed a similar formula as in the regular-season victory with hard-fought wins on all three courts to start the match. Senior tri-captain James Evans and first-year Ziad Sakr both won in five games for the Bantams to give the home team a 2-0 edge. Sakr outlasted Crimson senior Madhav Dhingra (Delhi, India) with an 11-7 win in the fifth game of the No. 6 match, and Evans rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to take the next three games, 11-6, 11-6, and, 11-5, against senior Bradley Smith to improve to 66-1 in his collegiate career. Trinity junior Michael Craig gave the Bantams a 3-0 lead, winning, 3-1, in the No. 3 spot over Harvard sophomore Sean Hughes. Craig took the first game easily, 11-3, but lost the second, 12-10, and battled to an 11-8 win in game three and a 15-13 win in the fourth game.
In the No. 5 match, Bantam junior Tom De Mulder made quick work of Harvard rookie Sam Scherl with a 3-0 victory, but Harvard sophomore Tim Brownell won by the same score over Trinity junior Thoboki Mohohlo to make the score, 4-1. Trinity sophomore Andrew Lee and Harvard rookie Julian Gosset were battling it out in the No. 8 spot with the score tied at 2-all as the majority of the crowd that had risen to nearly 1,000 headed to their court. Lee took control with an 11-4 win in the fifth game to clinch the match and the Bantam title while also improving his career record to 27-0. The teams played out the third wave, and Trinity sophomore Kush Kumar won at the top of the ladder, 3-0, over Crimson sophomore Saadeldin Abouaish. Harvard added victories by David Ryan and freshman Adam Corcoran to make it a 6-3 final.