By Michael T. Bello
Published Nov 4, 2010 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Nov 3, 2010 at 8:51 PM ET

Northampton, MA — Today, the 2010 – 2011 Men’s College Squash Preseason Team rankings were released.

Trinity remains the top team in the nation. The Bantams look to extend their 224-match winning streak and earn their 13th consecutive national title (Potter Cup) this season.  With increasing parity in the top five, Trinity will be challenged by Yale (#2), Princeton (#3), Rochester (#4),  and Harvard (#5).

Franklin and Marshall moves up one spot to number 10 in the preseason rankings.  F&M has three new players poised to play in the top of their ladder. Like the Diplomats, George Washington’s additions have moved the Colonials from 20th to 19th in the rankings.

Stanford (#22) and Denison (#24), the top two club teams in the nation, are set to play in mid-November. Dension is looking to avenge their 3-6 loss to Stanford at the 2010 Summers Cup (C Division) at the Men’s National Team Championships.

Nine schools improved in the rankings from last season: Franklin and Marshall, Brown, George Washington, Hobart, Northeastern, Columbia, Swathmore, USC, and Vermont. The following schools dropped spots in the rankings: Williams, Tufts, Conn College, Colgate, Kenyon, Cal Berkeley, Virginia, UNC, and Bard.

Preseason rankings were based heavily on the team questionnaires returned for the 2010 – 2011 Season Previews, which included information on graduating and incoming players, and offseason training opportunities. Select schools have already commenced their seasons.  The results of these early matches were not factored into the preseason rankings.

Below are the 2010 – 2011 Men’s College Squash Association preseason team rankings.  Listed after each school’s name is their final ranking from last season.

  1. Trinity College (1)
  2. Yale University (2)
  3. Princeton University (3)
  4. Rochester, University of (4)
  5. Harvard University (5)
  6. Cornell University (6)
  7. Dartmouth College (7)
  8. Western Ontario, University of  (8)
  9. Pennsylvania, University of (Penn) (9)
  10. Franklin and Marshall College (11)
  11. Williams College (10)
  12. Bates College (12)
  13. Naval Academy (13)
  14. Brown University (15)
  15. Bowdoin College (14)
  16. St. Lawrence University (16)
  17. Middlebury College (17)
  18. Amherst College (18)
  19. George Washington University (20)
  20. Tufts University (19)
  21. Hamilton College (21)
  22. Stanford University (22)
  23. Colby College (23)
  24. Denison University (24)
  25. Hobart College (26)
  26. Connecticut College (25)
  27. Wesleyan University (27)
  28. Northwestern University (28)
  29. Georgetown University (29)
  30. Northeastern University (31)
  31. Colgate University (30)
  32. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (32)
  33. Columbia University (35)
  34. Kenyon College (33)
  35. California Berkeley, University of (34)
  36. Washington, University of (36)
  37. Boston College (37)
  38. Haverford College (38)
  39. Drexel University (39)
  40. Vanderbilt University (40)
  41. Vassar College (41)
  42. Boston University (42)
  43. Swarthmore College (46)
  44. Southern California (USC), University of (47)
  45. Illinois, University of (45)
  46. Virginia, University of (43)
  47. North Carolina, University of (44)
  48. Purdue University (48)
  49. Lafayette College (49)
  50. Bryant University (50)
  51. Vermont, University of (52)
  52. Bard College (51)
  53. Fordham University (53)
  54. Bucknell University (54)
  55. Lehigh University (55)
  56. Notre Dame, University of (56)
  57. Charleston, College of (57)

Last season’s Emerging Teams, five-person squads at the Men’s National Team Championships, will be ranked once they compete with nine players during the 2010 – 2011 regular season. By order of finish at last season’s championships, these schools include Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, Ithaca College, University of Illinois (Springfield), and Siena College.  In addition, schools that did not compete in championships last season, such as Brandeis University and the University of Maryland, will be ranked once they compete in a nine-player match this season.