Hartford, Conn., Feb. 15, 2012 - The Trinity College men's squash team, which has a 16-1 record after a 9-0 win against Williams on February 5 to capture its sixth consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title, will defend its College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title for the 13th consecutive time this weekend at Princeton University. Top-seeded Trinity, which returned to the No. 1 spot in the CSA National Rankings last weekend following eight consecutive victories, will open post-season play against No. 8-seeded Franklin and Marshall on Friday, February 17 at 4 p.m. The Bantams had won 252 straight matches prior to a 5-4 loss at Yale on January 18 that ended the longest winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports. Trinity earned a share of its 15th straight Association Trophy for the best dual match record in the nation, as the Bantams, the No. 2-seeded Princeton Tigers, and No. 3-seeded Yale each finished with a single loss during the 2011-12 dual-match season.
The Bantams, coached by Paul Assaiante (18th season, 319-9), will face the winner of Friday's match featuring No. 4-seeded Harvard and No. 5-seeded Rochester in the CSA Semifinals on Saturday, February 18 at 2:30 p.m. if they win against Franklin and Marshall, and the CSA Finals will take place on Sunday, February 19 at 12:30 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 Yale against No. 6-seeded Cornell and No. 2-seeded Princeton against No. 7-seeded Dartmouth. Trinity won at Yale, 5-4, in last season's Potter Trophy Finals.
Trinity earned an 8-1 home triumph against Princeton on February 1, and won at home by a 7-2 score against Cornell, Harvard, and Rochester in January dual matches. Trinity has a combined individual match record of 138-15 in its 17 matches this year, and the Bantams won 10 times this season by a 9-0 count. Sophomore Matthew Mackin (Greenwich, Conn.) leads Trinity with a 15-0 individual mark, while junior Juan Diego Lopez (Bogota, Colombia) is 10-0, junior Reinhold Hergeth (Bloemfontein, South Africa) is 15-1, senior co-captain and No. 1 player in the lineup Vikram Malhotra (Mumbai, India) is 13-1, and rookie Elroy Leong (Selangor, Malaysia) is 11-1. Senior co-captain Antonio Diaz-Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) has been a consistent No. 2 in the Trinity lineup with a 10-2 mark, while junior Juan Flores (San Salvador, El Salvador) is 13-3, and classmate Johan Detter (Malmoe, Sweden) is 8-3. Freshmen Miled Zarazua (Mexico City, Mexico), Vrishab Kotian (Mumbai, India), and Moustafa Hamada (Alexandria, Va.) have made an immediate impact for the Bantams with a combined record of 25-5 as consistent starters against top competition. Zarazua has risen to the No. 3 spot for the Bantams.