Connecticut Showdown: No. 2 Bulldogs Prepare to Face No. 1 Trinity

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Boasting a perfect 7-0 record (3-0 Ivy League), the Yale men's squash team has lived up to its No. 2 ranking this season, convincingly defeating every team that it has contested thus far. Just last weekend, the Bulldogs took on No. 8 Western Ontario and No. 5 Cornell, and easily won both matches.

This Wednesday at 6p.m., the Bulldogs will travel to Hartford to face Trinity College in what promises to be the most competitive match of their season. The No. 1 Trinity Bantams are the twelve-time defending national champions and hold the longest winning streak in the history of intercollegiate sports of 229 consecutive wins. Over a decade has passed since the Bantams have lost a match; their last defeat occurred in February 1998 against Harvard.

However, Yale's goal is to end Trinity's streak, and may be the only team capable of doing so. The Yale roster lists many of the top players in the most recent CSA individual rankings, including sophomore Hywel Robinson at No. 7, sophomore Kenneth Chan at No. 8, and senior captain Naishadh Lalwani at No. 19.

The Bantams returned this past weekend from a one-month hiatus to defeat the No. 7 Dartmouth Big Green in a 9-0 shut out in Hanover. The Bantams will feature top CSA ranked players as well, notably No. 2 Parth Sharma, No. 6 Vikram Malhotra, and No. 12 Andres Vargas. Trinity has dropped only one game so far in five matches. However, Trinity has yet to face as strong a team as this year's Bulldog squad, which itself has dropped only seven games in seven matches.

Last season, the Bulldogs faced off against the Bantams at the Brady Squash Center, falling by an 8-1 score.

The Bulldogs will also host No. 9 Franklin and Marshall (Friday at 3:30p.m.), No. 4 Rochester (Saturday at 11:30 a.m.), and No. 15 Navy (1p.m.) this weekend at the Brady Squash Center. 

 

report filed by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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