Sports update, men's squash vs. at Harvard (NISRA Team Championsh


Sunday, Febuary 28, 1999

TRINITY CAPTURES NATIONAL TITLE IN MEN'S SQUASH

	Cambridge, Mass.- Senior tri-captains Charles Saunders and Joseph
Pentland both emerged victorious in their final collegiate dual matches as
the Trinity College men's squash team defeated the Harvard University
Crimson, 8-1, and won their first National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets
Association Team Championship, affectionately known as the Potter Trophy.
The title is the first national championship for a Trinity sports team and
the first title for a non-Ivy league men's squash team since Western Ontario
in 1980.  Trinity finishes the 1998-99 team season with a perfect 17-0
record, which is the first in its history as well.
	The Bantams recorded victories in three of the opening four matches.
Junior All-American Preston Quick and freshman Rohan Juneja quickly rang up
3-0 wins at numbers four and eight, but Harvard senior co-captain Tim Wyant
downed Trinity number two Akhil Behl 3-0 as well to make the score 2-1.
That's when Saunders broke a 13-13 tie at 2-1 with a pretty drop shot
against Harvard number six Shondip Ghosh and went on to a 3-1 win.  Minutes
later, Trinity freshman phenom number three Lefika Ragonste and junior
number nine Loua Coutzee finished off a pair of 3-0 victories and the
Bantams clinched the title with their fourth and fifth triumphs.
	The title belonged to Trinity but the excitement was far from over,
as three matches remained, including Trinity junior All-American and
two-time defending Singles Champion Marcus Cowie.  The Harvard players
competed with pride despite the knowledge of losing the title for the first
time since 1993.  Pentland had to rally back from a 2-1 deficit against Eric
Lauer at number seven and Cowie managed a 3-1 win over a scrappy Deepak
Abraham.  The best match was still yet to come as freshman number five Rohan
Bhappu exhibited a heroic comeback from a  2-0 hole and defeated Peter
Karlen of Harvard, 3-2, in front of a huge crowd of mostly Harvard fans who
had wandered over from the other finished matches.  
	Trinity Head Coach Paul Assaiante called Saunders' drop shot the key
to the victory because a Harvard win would have tied the match at 2-2 after
four matches and changed the atmosphere for everyone.  Saunders commented on
the shot, "I've hit that shot millions of times in practice over the years.
I ought to be able to do it once."

TRINITY TOURNEY RESULTS
Trinity College 	9	Williams	0
Trinity College	9	Princeton	0
Trinity College	8	Harvard		1

FINALS MATCH RESULTS
1. TC- Marcus Cowie d. Deepak Abraham	3-1		
2. H- Tim Wyant d. Akhil Behl			3-0
3. TC- Lefika Ragonste d. d. Gray Witcher	3-0		
4. TC- Preston Quick d. Andrew Merrill		3-0
5. TC- Rohan Bhappu d. Peter Karlen		3-2
6. TC- Charles Saunders d. Shondip Ghosh	3-1
7. TC- Joe Pentland d. Eric Lauer		3-2
8. TC- Rohan Juneja d. Dave Beitchman		3-0
9. TC- Loua Coetzee d. Rob Pike			3-0
Trinity College		8		Harvard		1









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