January 19, 2010

Yale Hosts Trinity In Battle Of Unbeatens

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The undefeated Yale men's squash team will attempt to end the longest winning streak in the history of collegiate varsity sports Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Trinity Bantams visit the Brady Squash Center. 

Yale (8-0, 3-0 Ivy) has played impeccable squash so far this season, dropping only four total games in seven matches.  The Bulldogs have dominated their opponents all season and have yet to be truly challenged.  The team's closest match came on Jan. 10, when the Bulldogs defeated then-No. 2 Rochester 6-3 on the road.  The Bulldogs, ranked No. 4 before the Rochester match, will in all likelihood become the new No. 2 team in the nation when the CSA polls are released on Thursday.  This year's Yale squad possesses a potent mix of experienced veterans, led by senior captain Todd Ruth and senior Aaron Fuchs, and youth, led by freshmen Kenneth Chan, Hywel Robinson and Richard Dodd. 

Trinity (9-0) is in the midst of the longest run of dominance ever in NCAA athletics.  The Bantams have won 210 consecutive matches, a streak unmatched in any varsity college sport.  The Bantams have won the Potter Trophy - college squash's team championship - in each of the past 11 seasons.  Trinity's unprecedented dominance has been based upon highly successful international recruiting, through which the Bantams have brought some of the world's greatest squash players to a small 2,200-person college nestled in downtown Hartford.

Trinity has not gone untested over the course of their immaculate run.  The Princeton Tigers have been closest to dethroning the Bantams.  In 2006, with the teams tied at 4-all, Princeton was up 2-0 and holding double-match point before Trinity's Johan Detter stormed back for the win, keeping the streak alive.  In last February's national title match, Trinity's Baset Chaudhry trailed Princeton's Mauricio Sanchez 5-0 in the fifth game before rallying to give the Bantams the win.  Chaudhry, the two-time defending men's individual champion and current senior co-captain on the Trinity squad, was just 12 years old in February 1998, when Harvard handed the Bantams their last loss.

So far this season, Trinity has yet to meet an opponent that has been able to compete with the Bantam team.  Trinity has dropped one total game, as part of an 8-1 early season win against Bates on Nov. 22.  However, the Bantams have not faced as potent of a team as this year's Bulldog group. 

The Bulldogs cannot afford many mistakes against a team of Trinity's caliber, but if the Bulldogs play to their potential, the streak may be in jeopardy.  Yale students are expected to pack the Brady Squash Center, hoping to witness sports history.  This Wednesday's match is the most anticipated match in college squash so far this season, as well as one of the biggest matches in the recent history of Yale squash.          

To watch a live video and audio stream of the Yale-Trinity matches online, please visit: http://www.yalebulldogs.com/genrel/2010_01_19_release_squash_streaming

report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity