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.
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.