By Michael T. Bello
Published Nov 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Nov 4, 2016 at 8:01 AM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSA Hatfield, MA — Today, the Dunlop 2016 – 2017 Men’s College Squash Preseason Team Rankings were released.

The College Squash Association has three ranking phases per season:

  • Preseason: CSA varsity coaches will vote on the top-25 varsity teams for the preseason ranking. The Ranking Chair and the Executive Administrator will determine the remaining varsity ranking positions.
  • Manual Rankings (November – January 24th): The Executive Administrator and the Ranking Chair will rank all varsity teams manually.
  • Computerized Rankings (January 25th – Team Championships): The College Squash Association will rank teams that have played at least five matches utilizing the Elo ranking methodology. If needed, the Ranking Chair may adjust a non-varsity team’s ranking position.

For the preseason rankings, varsity coaches were polled to determine the top 25 ranking positions. Varsity coaches voted according to the following parameters:

  • Coaches were provided with a summary of each school’s team preview information (returning players, graduating/non-returning players, and expected additions) to assist in evaluating the teams.
  • Teams received points for every vote they received. For example, each first place vote garnered 25 points, a second place vote garnered 24 points, a third place vote garnered 23 points, etc.
  • If there was a tie, the team with the higher ranking at the conclusion of last season received the higher ranking position in the preseason rankings.
  • Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own school.
  • The poll was based on how strong teams are at the beginning of the season and not how strong teams will be at the end of the season. Coaches took into consideration if players are abroad during the Fall semester.

Despite finishing 3rd in the rankings last season, Trinity College was selected #1 by the coaches. Last season’s national champion, Yale, was 2nd, followed by Rochester and St. Lawrence.

Select schools have already commenced their seasons.  The results of these early matches were not factored into the preseason rankings. 

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. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.

Below are the 2016 – 2017 Dunlop Men’s College Squash Association preseason team rankings.  Listed after each school’s name is their final ranking from last season and the overall number of votes and points received in the varsity coaches’ poll.

  1. Trinity College (3; 30 Votes Received for 733 points)
  2. Yale University (1; 30 Votes Received for 688 points)
  3. Rochester, University of (2; 29 Votes Received for 670 points)
  4. St. Lawrence University (4; 30 Votes Received for 664 points)
  5. Harvard University (6; 30 Votes Received for 654 points)
  6. Pennsylvania, University of (5; 30 Votes Received for 626 points)
  7. Columbia University (8; 30 Votes Received for 558 points)
  8. Dartmouth College (7; 30 Votes Received for 540 points)
  9. Drexel University (9; 30 Votes Received for 540 points)
  10. Cornell University (10; 30 Votes Received for 474 points)
  11. George Washington University (11; 30 Votes Received for 457 points)
  12. Princeton University (12; 29 Votes Received for 444 points)
  13. Franklin & Marshall College (13; 29 Votes Received for 398 points)
  14. Naval Academy (14; 30 Votes Received for 371 points)
  15. Middlebury College (15; 29 Votes Received for 329 points)
  16. Brown University (16; 30 Votes Received for 309 points)
  17. Bates College (17; 30 Votes Received for 298 points)
  18. Williams College (18; 29 Votes Received for 256 points)
  19. Wesleyan University (20; 30 Votes Received for 206 points)
  20. Colby College (21; 31 Votes Received for 197 points)
  21. Amherst College (22; 30 Votes Received for 161 points)
  22. Hobart College (23; 29 Votes Received for 127 points)
  23. Western Ontario, University of (25; 29 Votes Received for 123 points)
  24. Bowdoin College (24; 28 Votes Received for 99 points)
  25. Dickinson College (26; 30 Votes Received for 71 points)
  26. MIT (30; 8 Votes Received for 31 points)
  27. Tufts University (33; 4 Votes Received for 10 points)
  28. Hamilton College (29; 11 Votes Received for 13 points)
  29. Connecticut College (34; 1 Votes Received for 2 points)
  30. Haverford College (36; 0 Votes Received for 0 points)
  31. Bard College (45; 1 Votes Received for 1 point)
  32. Fordham Univeristy (39; 0 Votes Received for 0 points)
  33. Vassar College (54; 0 Votes Received for 0 points)