Trinity College had never played in a Men’s National Team Championship final prior to the arrival of Marcus Cowie. The Bantams’ men had also never captured a Pool Trophy (individual championship). Cowie’s arrival ushered in a new era for the Connecticut school.
Cowie was Assiante’s first international recruit. Upon his arrival in Hartford, Cowie was ranked the #2 junior in the word. He had played in the finals of two British Junior Opens and been the European Junior Champion. He was also ranked inside the top-105 in the world.
During his freshman season, he led the Bantams to their first ever Potter Cup (national championship) final. At the individual championships, he defeated Daniel Ezra (Harvard University), the 1996 champion, to earn the Bantams’ first Pool Trophy.
In his sophomore year, Cowie helped the Bantams defeat Harvard for the first time in program history. The Crimson avenged the regular season loss by defeating the Bantams in the Potter Cup final, 4-5. Once again, Cowie captured the Pool Trophy against Ezra.
During the 1998 – 1999 season, Trinity’s 252-match win streak began. Cowie and Trinity defeated Harvard in the Potter Cup final, 8-1, to be crowned the first non-Ivy League Potter Cup champion since the Men’s National Team Championship commenced in 1989.
Trinity and Cowie repeated as National Team Champions in the 1999 – 2000 season. He concluded his senior season as the runner-up in the Pool Trophy.
Cowie, a four-time All-American, finished his Trinity career with a 64-8 record.
Below is video of Cowie’s induction.