By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM ET

Trinity CollegeHartford, CT — It has been a long time since a senior class at Trinity graduated with only one national championship. In fact, the last senior class to do so was the class of 1999, which captured the title that season to begin Trinity’s extraordinary run. The class of 2015 already has one national title from the 2012 – 2013 season, and they intend to earn their second title this season. With eight players returning from last season’s starting nine at team championships, including five seniors, the Bantams have the experience to accomplish their goal. They will also have James Evans, a member of the English World Junior team, who is expected to join the middle of the Bantams’ ladder. Trinity proved itself last season in close matches, going 2-0 in 5-4 matches against Franklin & Marshall and Yale.  Trinity was only defeated by Harvard last season, including in the national championship final on the Crimson’s home courts.  This season, Trinity is hosting the national championships, and the Bantams hope the Potter Cup returns to Hartford for the foreseeable future.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 16-2

Final Ranking: 2

Team Championships: 2nd in the Potter Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #7s had 17 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Paul Assaiante

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Miled Zarazua (2015 – CSA Second Team All-American, NESCAC First Team All-Conference); 2. Karan Malik (2015 – CSA Second Team All-American, NESCAC First Team All-Conference, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 3. Vrishab Kotian (2015 – NESCAC Second Team All-Conference); 5. Elroy Leong (2015); 6. Zeyad Elshorafy (2016 – NESCAC Second Team All-Conference); 7. Moustafa Hamada (2015); 8. Affeeq Ismail (2017 – Molloy Cup Second Consolation Winner); 10. John Lamont (2015); 11. Pranay Merchant (2015)

Studying Abroad During the Fall Semester: 4. Juan Camillo Vargas (2016 – CSA Second Team All-American, NESCAC Second Team All-Conference)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 9. Matthew Mackin (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: James Evans (England)

Captains: Moustafa Hamada and Karan Malik

Team Goals: To win the national title

Key Matches: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Rochester

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.