By Michael T. Bello
Published Jan 28, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Jan 27, 2011 at 9:02 PM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSA Northampton, MA — Today, the men’s College Squash Association released the fifth Dunlop Men's College Squash Association Team Rankings of the season.

The ranking committee certainly had its work cut out for it with this round of rankings.  There were numerous appeals, comparisons, and telephone calls between committee members that produced this round of rankings.

Franklin & Marshall took over the eighth position from Western Ontario.  Unfortunately, F&M and Western did not face each other this season. Based on schedules, like opponents, and wins against CSA squads, F&M currently moves into the final slot in the Potter Cup division of the Men’s National Team Championships.

The Middlebury men have achieved their highest ranking in program history.  The Panthers move to 13th after beating Bates and George Washington.  At the 18th position, Amherst slides ahead of Bowdoin by defeating the Polar Bears 6-3.

The 22rd through 26th positions are neck-and-neck.  Colby’s recent victories over Hamilton, Stanford, and Hobart earned the Mules 22nd.  Close behind are Stanford (#23), Hamilton (#24), Tufts (#25), and Hobart (#26).

The University of Oregon makes their debut in the national rankings at #63.

Coaches and Team Contacts, please remember to enter your team’s results in the US Squash Scoring System on the day of each match. For the second consecutive ranking period, the following teams are not ranked due to not entering scores in the US Squash Scoring System: Lafayette and North Carolina. Presuming their results are posted, these teams will be eligible to reenter the rankings at the next ranking release. Illinois Champaign reenters the rankings this week after resolving its outstanding match scores.

In addition, as stated in the Men’s College Squash Association Bylaws, each men’s team must complete six matches to compete in the Men’s National Team Championships. (This applies to teams intending to compete in the nine-player divisions at nationals and not to teams intending to compete in the five-player Emerging Teams division.)

Below are the 2010-2011 Men’s College Squash Association Team Rankings as of January 24, 2011. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking.

  1. Trinity College (1)
  2. Yale University (2)
  3. Princeton University (3)
  4. Rochester, University of (4)
  5. Cornell University (5)
  6. Harvard University (6)
  7. Dartmouth College (7)
  8. Franklin and Marshall College (9)
  9. Western Ontario, University of  (8)
  10. Pennsylvania, University of (Penn) (10)
  11. Williams College (11)
  12. Brown University (13)
  13. Middlebury College (17)
  14. Bates College (12)
  15. St. Lawrence University (14)
  16. Naval Academy (15)
  17. George Washington University (16)
  18. Amherst College (19)
  19. Bowdoin College (18)
  20. Columbia University (27)
  21. Wesleyan University (22)
  22. Colby College (24)
  23. Stanford University (20)
  24. Hamilton College (21)
  25. Tufts University (23)
  26. Hobart College (25)
  27. Connecticut College (26)
  28. Georgetown University (28)
  29. Denison University (29)
  30. Northeastern University (31)
  31. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (32)
  32. Colgate University (33)
  33. Boston College (37)
  34. Haverford College (38)
  35. Northwestern University (30)
  36. Virginia, University of (36)
  37. Johns Hopkin University (39)
  38. Washington, University of (40)
  39. Kenyon College (34)
  40. California Berkeley, University of (35)
  41. Vanderbilt University (41)
  42. Fordham University (42)
  43. Vassar College (43)
  44. Boston University (44)
  45. Bucknell University (45)
  46. Lehigh University (46)
  47. Drexel University (47)
  48. Swarthmore College (48)
  49. Southern California (USC), University of (49)
  50. Bryant University (51)
  51. Vermont, University of (52)
  52. Bard College (53)
  53. Washington University (St. Louis) (55)
  54. Illinois (Champaign), University of (NR)
  55. Purdue University (50)
  56. Notre Dame, University of (54)
  57. Illinois (Springfield), University of (56)
  58. Ithaca College (57)
  59. Siena College (58)
  60. Maryland, University of (59)
  61. Brandeis University (60)
  62. Western Michagin, University of (61)
  63. Oregan, University of (NR)