By Michael T. Bello
Published Nov 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Nov 1, 2011 at 5:59 PM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSANorthampton, MA — Today, the 2011 – 2012 Dunlop Men’s College Squash Preseason Team rankings were released.

Trinity continues its streak as the top team in the nation. The Bantams’ quest for their fourteenth national championship and Potter Cup will be a challenge this season. If teams like Yale, Princeton, Rochester, and Harvard have their way, the national title will be up for grabs this season.

Twenty-three schools improved in the rankings from last season: Bard, Boston College, Bucknell, Columbia, Conn College, Drexel, Fordham, George Washington, Haverford, Ithaca, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn, Purdue, Siena, St. Lawrence, Swarthmore, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Washington, Washington in St. Louis, Wesleyan, and Williams.

The following schools dropped spots in the rankings: Amherst, Bates, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Bryant, California, Charleston, Colgate, Denison, Johns Hopkins, Leigh, Northwestern, Stanford, Vermont, and Western Ontario.

Preseason rankings were based heavily on the team questionnaires returned for the 2011 – 2012 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. Teams that did not compete in the 2011 – 2012 Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships were not ranked.

Below are the 2011 – 2012 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. Franklin and Marshall College (8)
  9. Pennsylvania, University of (Penn) (10)
  10. Williams College (11)
  11. Western Ontario, University of (9)
  12. St. Lawrence University (13)
  13. Brown University (12)
  14. Middlebury College (14)
  15. Naval Academy (16)
  16. Bates College (15)
  17. George Washington University (18)
  18. Bowdoin College (17)
  19. Wesleyan University (20)
  20. Columbia University (21)
  21. Amherst College (19)
  22. Colby College (22)
  23. Hamilton College (23)
  24. Connecticut College (25)
  25. Stanford University (24)
  26. Hobart College (26)
  27. Tufts University (27)
  28. Georgetown University (28)
  29. Northeastern University (29)
  30. Vanderbilt University (33)
  31. Northwestern University (30)
  32. Colgate University (31)
  33. Denison University (32)
  34. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (34)
  35. Kenyon College (35)
  36. Boston College (37)
  37. Haverford College (39)
  38. California Berkeley, University of (36)
  39. Johns Hopkin University (38)
  40. Washington, University of (41)
  41. Bucknell University (42)
  42. Vassar College (44)
  43. Drexel University (46)
  44. Fordham University (48)
  45. Boston University (43)
  46. Swarthmore College (49)
  47. Washington University (St. Louis) (50)
  48. Lehigh University (45)
  49. Charleston, College of (47)
  50. Ithaca College (53)
  51. Bard College (56)
  52. Bryant University (51)
  53. Vermont, University of (52)
  54. Illinois (Champaign), University of (54)
  55. Southern California (USC), University of (55)
  56. Purdue University (57)
  57. Notre Dame, University of (58)
  58. Siena College (59)