TRINITY MEN'S SQUASH 2018-19 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's squash team, led by Head Coach Paul Assaiante (25th season), finished with a 16-3 overall record, won its 13th consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title, and reached the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) Finals for the 22nd time in the last 23 seasons. The Bantams edged Columbia and Rochester, both by 5-4 scores, in the first two rounds of the Potter Trophy Tournament at Yale, before falling to Harvard, 9-0, in the finals.

Trinity opened the season with five wins to close out the 2018 calendar year with a perfect record while allowing just five total points to its opponents. In early January, the Bantams defeated No. 3 Columbia University 5-4, in exciting fashion as junior Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) outlasted his opponent, 13-11, in the fifth game of the deciding match to help lead the way.

The Bantams fell for the first time in 35 matches, dating back to 2017, on January 15th to the Rochester Yellow Jackets but responded with eight wins in a row to improve to 13-1 overall. During the new streak, Trinity knocked off Cornell and Dartmouth with back-to-back 8-1 scores before downing in-state rival Yale, 7-2. Trinity closed January with wins over Penn and Williams before the start of the NESCAC Championships to begin February.

Andrew Lee '20

Trinity ran through the NESCAC Championships, defeating Colby, 9-0, Bates, 8-1 and Williams 8-1 in the championship match. The squad finished the regular season on the road at Harvard where it lost for just the second time all season ahead of the Potter Trophy Championship at Yale.

In the quarterfinals, the Bantams defeated Columbia, once again by a 5-4 score, to reach their 22nd-straight national semifinals. There, Trinity got its revenge over Rochester in the form of a 5-4 victory. Sophomore Ziad Sakr (Tanta, Egypt) broke a 4-4 tie with a thrilling win in five games against the Yellow Jackets to clinch the match and send the Bantams into the championship match. Sakr came out strong with his back against the wall and tied the score at 2-2 with an 11-4 win in the fourth game and outlasted his opponent to clinch the match with a 14-12 win in game five.

A week after falling to Harvard in the Potter Trophy Championship, a pair of Bantams competed at the CSA Singles Championships in Providence. Junior Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) reached the quarterfinals of the "A" bracket while first-year William Curtis (Joondalup, Australia) advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket in the Malloy "B" bracket.

Kumar '20 (top), Sakr '21 (left), Mohohlo '20 (right)

Kumar was named to the CSA All-American First Team while junior Mohohlo earned Second Team honors to add to Trinity's post-season accolades. Kumar, senior tri-captain Tom De Mulder (Ghent, Belgium) and Sakr were previously named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team while senior Nku Patrick (San Fernando, Trinidad) earned Second Team honors.

Tom De Mulder '19

Nku Patrick '19

De Mulder posted 11 wins for the Bantams at the No. 3 spot in the lineup this winter in his final season in a Trinity uniform, finishing his career with a 62-16. Patrick capped off his career with a stellar senior season, earning his first All-NESCAC nod. Patrick led the squad with a 17-1 record this season after leading the squad in winning percentage as a junior just a year ago. He finishes his career with a 50-5 mark.

Lee received a 2019 CSA Scholar Athlete Award and joined De Mulder and junior Patrick O'Sullivan (Glasgow, Scotland) on the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team, while Sakr repeated as Trinity's representative on the 2019 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team.

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