The Harvard and Trinity men’s and women’s teams are set to meet in the biggest college match up of the season so far, as Trinity’s No. 2 men and No. 3 women host the No. 1 Crimson men and women at the Kellner Squash Center at 5pm local time Wednesday, February 5, in Hartford, Connecticut.
The men’s match features the only two remaining undefeated sides in college squash in what is a rematch of the three most recent Potter Cup finals.
Both teams will have the 2019 final fresh on their minds, when the Crimson swept the Bantams 9-0 to claim the national title. Both teams have been dominant so far this season. Mike Way’s Harvard have only lost two individual matches in their nine team matches so far this season. Paul Assaiante’s Trinity have been in action more this season with thirteen matches, and have only lost as many as three individual matches once, in a 6-3 win over No. 3 Penn last month. Trinity have defeated all other top eight schools by either a 9-0 or 8-1 margin. While Harvard won the most recent Potter Cup, Trinity defeated the Crimson men in both the 2018 and 2017 finals.
The Crimson women continue their historic dominance with an undefeated winning streak now in its fifth season following an incredible four straight Howe Cups. Last season, Harvard didn’t drop as much as an individual match all season, however they have been tested more so far this season–most notably by now No. 2 Princeton, who pushed the Crimson in a 5-4 defeat last month.
Wendy Bartlett’s Trinity sustained a surprise 5-4 loss against No. 4 Yale last month, which caused the Bantams to drop to No. 3 in the rankings this week. Trinity will need to be at their best and boosted by home support to have a chance at pulling off their first win against Harvard since the 2014 Howe Cup final.
Regardless of Wednesday’s result, both men’s and women’s Trinity teams will have one more major regular season test against Princeton’s No. 2 women and No. 4 men in the coming weeks, which will factor into the final seeding of the College Squash Association Team National Championships later this month.
The coming weeks will see a busy field of all levels of college squash play before the team and individual national championships. Follow more college squash coverage on csasquash.com.