By Michael T. Bello
Published Feb 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 7:28 AM ET

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

This is the second week of the new computerized ranking. Last week, an article explaining the computerized ranking methodology was published. Below are a few important items about the computerized rankings:

  • It is important to note that the computerized rankings have no dependence on when the matches were played. A match played on November 1st has the same importance as a match played on the final day of the regular season or in a league championship.
  • For each ranking calculation, all matches are taken into account up to the ranking date.
  • A 5-4 team win or loss has the same significance as a 9-0 win or loss.
  • Teams that have a bye week may still move up or down in the rankings depending on the results of other teams that played that week.
  • Club teams will be inserted into the rankings next week. Club teams could enter the ranking ahead of some varsity teams.

With Yale’s victory over Penn, St. Lawrence’s victory over Rochester, and Columbia’s victory over Dartmouth, the top eight ranking positions were in flux once again. Yale moves into the 2nd position, followed by Penn, Rochester, St. Lawrence, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Columbia.

Bates finished as the runner up at the NESCAC Championships, their highest finish ever in that tournament. With their 1 -4 record against teams currentlly ranked in the B division (teams ranked 9th – 16th), the Bobcats remain at the 17th ranking position.

Wesleyan and Colby switched positions after the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory over the Mules. Wesleyan moves into the 19th position, followed by Colby. Similarly, Amherst and Bowdoin switched positions. Amherst moves to 21st, while Bowdoin takes the 22nd position.

Hamilton and Conn College reversed their losses earlier in the season to Tufts. Hamilton moves up to 27th, followed by Tufts and Conn College.

Early next week, club and emerging club programs will be ranked with varsity teams for seeding the Team Championships.

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.

Below are the Dunlop Men's College Squash Association Team Rankings as of February 7, 2016. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking and their ELO point total.

  1. Trinity College (1; 1256.000)
  2. Yale University (4; 1222.310)
  3. Pennsylvania, University of (2; 1217.537)
  4. Rochester, University of (3; 1217.435)
  5. St. Lawrence University (6; 1216.63)
  6. Harvard University (7; 1209.216)
  7. Dartmouth College (5; 1205.777)
  8. Columbia University (8; 1204.683)
  9. Drexel University (9; 1188.212)
  10. George Washington University (10; 1168.757)
  11. Franklin & Marshall College (11; 1167.901)
  12. Cornell University (12; 1150.602)
  13. Princeton University (13; 1149.623)
  14. Middlebury College (14; 1132.023)
  15. Naval Academy (15; 1130.470)
  16. Brown University (16; 1123.389)
  17. Bates College (17; 1122.393)
  18. Williams College (18; 1104.392)
  19. Wesleyan University (20; 1088.712)
  20. Colby College (19; 1083.803)
  21. Amherst College (22; 1066.335)
  22. Bowdoin College (21; 1055.567)
  23. Hobart College (23; 1045.026)
  24. Western Ontario, University of (25; 1030.682)
  25. MIT (24; 1030.547)
  26. Dickinson College (26; 1027.557)
  27. Hamilton College (28; 998.164)
  28. Tufts University (27; 993.598)
  29. Connecticut College (29; 989.029)
  30. Haverford College (30; 974.896)
  31. Fordham University (31; 965.453)
  32. Bard College (32; 926.891)
  33. Vassar College (33; 888.353)