Jan 17, 2017
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's squash team will have a big challenge in the first week of classes as the Bulldogs travel to compete against the Trinity Bantams and St. Lawrence Saints.
The No. 2 ranked Bulldogs are scheduled to travel the 50 minutes to Hartford on Wednesday, where they are sure to find a challenge waiting for them. Trinity is ranked No. 1 in the country and has triumphed against every team they have seen this season, compiling a 9-0 record.
Despite their recent loss against Columbia, the Bulldogs are ready to move forward and take on the country's top seed in men's collegiate squash. Yale's quick recovery will be crucial in its quest for a piece of the Ivy League Championship, and the overall National title.
"Currently undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country, Trinity is back on track to win another National Championship at the moment. The Yale men are looking to upset the Bantams in their building," said head coach Dave Talbott.
On Friday, the Bulldogs will compete against No. 8 St. Lawrence in the fourth of seven consecutive away matches. This saga of travel competitions is particularly difficult in a pool of teams whose quality of play "is perhaps at the highest level ever in college squash," according to Talbott. By the time Yale competes in the Brady Squash Center again, the Bulldogs will have played 4 straight matches against stiff competitors who are all nationally ranked in the top six.
As far as the team's approach, the Bulldogs are looking to maintain consistency on the court throughout their lineup. Senior captain TJ Dembinski commented that the team's strategy is "to regroup and put Yale in the best position to still win at least a share of the Ivy this year."
The Bulldogs will play against Trinity on Wednesday at 6 p.m. A live stream of the event can be found here.
Yale will take on St. Lawrence on Friday at 2 p.m.
Report by Kate Flanders '18, Yale Sports Publicity