By Anne Bello
Published Nov 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM ET

Princeton, NJ — Princeton saved the best for last in 2012. Down 4-3 to Trinity going into the final two matches in the Potter Cup final, the Tigers pulled out a spectacular come-from-behind win to become the first team other than the Bantams to win a national title since 1998. The other teams in the CSA also recognized the Tigers’ for their sportsmanship, naming them the 2012 Sloane Award winners. Last season will be a tough act to follow, and the Tigers will be without four seniors who had a big impact on last year’s squad. Todd Harrity, the 2011 individual champion, will be back at the top of the line-up, and he and Steve Harrington will co-captain the squad. Four new players will join the team. Vivek Dinodia is likely to play in the starting line-up, and  Michael LeBlanc and Sam Ezratty will be competing for spots in the top 9. Nic Barton will also be joining the squad. The Tigers will begin their campaign to repeat as national champions on November 17, when they host Franklin & Marshall. They’ll play Trinity, Harvard, Rochester, Dartmouth, and Penn at home, but they’ll play Yale, Cornell, and Western Ontario on the road. Princeton won’t have home court advantage again if they make it back to the finals, but the Yale match on February 2 will give them more experience playing in the Brady Squash Center. Will it be the Tigers’ dress rehearsal for a recapturing the magic of last season?

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-1

Final Ranking: 1

Team Championships: 1st in the Potter Cup (A Division); Sloane Award Winner

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Bob Callahan

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Todd Harrity (1st Team All-Ivy, 1st Team All-American);  3. Tyler Osborne (1st Team All-Ivy, 2nd Team All-American); 5. Samuel Kang (All-American Honorable Mention);  7. Dylan Ward; 8. Steve Harrington; 10. Ash Egan; 11. David Hoffman

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 2. Chris Callis (1st Team All-Ivy, 2nd Team All-American); 4. Kelly Shannon (2nd Team All- American); 6. Clay Blackiston (CSA Scholar Athlete); 9. David Pena

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Will likely play in the top 9: Vivek Dinodia
  • Will compete for a spot in the top 9: Michael LeBlanc and Sam Ezratty
  • Other addition: Nic Barton

Captains: Todd Harrity and Steve Harrington

Team Goals: To win the Ivy League Championship and compete for the national title

Key Matches: Trinity, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Rochester, F&M, Dartmouth, Penn, and U. of Western Ontario

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.