By Michael T. Bello
Published Dec 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM ET

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

After defeating Harvard, 7-2, on Saturday, St. Lawrence takes over the top position in the rankings. This is the first time ever that the Saints have been ranked 1st. Trinity and Yale, the other undefeated teams in the top 5, move up one position to 2nd and 3rd. Rochester, who defeated Harvard on Sunday, took the 4th position, while Harvard moves to 5th.

Positions 8 through 12 look to be in flux this week and as the season progresses. Franklin & Marshall’s 5-4 victory over Penn and Dartmouth’s 5-4 victory over Navy shuffled the order again. Dartmouth moved up one position to 8th, while Princeton and F&M move up two spots each to 9th and 10th, respectively. Penn and Navy are slotted at 11th and 12th this week.

After defeating George Washington, Brown leapfrogs the Colonials and Western Ontario to take over the 16th ranking position.

A ranking triangle formed between Boston College, Boston University, and Bryant. This season, BU defeated Bryant, 5-4, Bryant defeated BC, 5-4, and BC defeated BU, 7-2. According to the CSA ranking rules, in this situation, the individual matches won are used to break the tie: BC won 11 individual matches, Bryant won 9, and BU won 7. BC assumes the 38th position, followed by Bryant and then BU.

Ithaca was removed from the rankings due to “Not on Roster” players in their match results. They received multiple warnings. They will reenter the rankings in the ranking cycle after they enter the players in the US Squash scoring system for the matches with “Not on Roster” players.

Teams are reminded that to qualify for the National Team Championships, they must meet minimum match requirements:

  • Varsity teams are required to play ten (10) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. At minimum, each team should have at least 6 different opponents. Varsity teams should play the majority of their matches against other varsity schools.
  • Club teams are required to play eight (8) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships in a 9 player division. In addition, club teams must play at least four (4) matches between January 1st and February 10th. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.

For a regular season match to officially count for ranking purposes, each team must have at least seven players. Except for Emerging Teams, matches with less than seven players per team will not count towards the required number of matches for entry into the National Team Championships.

Below are the Dunlop Men's College Squash Association Team Rankings as of December 7, 2014. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking.

  1. St. Lawrence University (2)
  2. Trinity College (3)
  3. Yale University (4)
  4. Rochester, University of (5)
  5. Harvard University (1)
  6. Columbia University (6)
  7. Cornell University (7)
  8. Dartmouth College (9)
  9. Princeton University (11)
  10. Franklin and Marshall College (12)
  11. Pennsylvania, University of (8)
  12. Naval Academy (10)
  13. Drexel University (13)
  14. Bates College (14)
  15. Williams College (15)
  16. Brown University (18)
  17. George Washington University (16)
  18. Western Ontario, University of (17)
  19. Middlebury College (19)
  20. Wesleyan University (20)
  21. Amherst College (21)
  22. Bowdoin College (22)
  23. Colby College (23)
  24. Hamilton College (24)
  25. Connecticut College (25)
  26. Hobart College (26)
  27. Stanford University (27)
  28. Virginia, University of (28)
  29. Georgetown University (29)
  30. Bucknell University (30)
  31. Johns Hopkins University (31)
  32. Tufts University (32)
  33. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (33)
  34. Northeastern University (34)
  35. Denison University (35)
  36. Lehigh University (36)
  37. Colgate University (37)
  38. Boston College (39)
  39. Bryant University (38)
  40. Boston University (42)
  41. New York University (40)
  42. Haverford College (41)
  43. Chicago, University of (43)
  44. Northwestern University (44)
  45. Washington University (St. Louis) (45)
  46. Charleston, College of (46)
  47. Pennsylvania State University (47)
  48. Fordham University (48)
  49. Richmond, University of (49)
  50. Washington, University of (50)
  51. Swarthmore College (51)
  52. California Berkeley, University of (52)
  53. Minnesota, University of (53)
  54. Dickinson College (54)
  55. Southern California (USC), University of (56)
  56. Vassar College (57)
  57. Siena College (58)
  58. Bard College (59)
  59. Notre Dame, University of (60)
  60. Vanderbilt University (61)
  61. Sewanee: University of the South (62)
  62. Vermont, University of (63)
  63. Duke University (64)
  64. Oregon, University of (65)
  65. Lafayette College (66)