By Michael T. Bello
Published Jan 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 7:44 PM ET

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

Next week, computerized rankings will be enacted. An article summarizing the computer ranking methodology will be  published early next week.

There were many changes to the rankings this week. Parity is the common theme throughout different sections of the rankings.

Rochester’s 5-4 victory over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Trinity propelled the Yellowjackets to the top of the rankings. Trinity moves to 2nd, followed by Columbia.

St. Lawrence’s 9-0 victory over Yale dropped the Bulldogs to 8th. Drexel, Penn, and St. Lawrence move up to the 5th, 6th, and 7th ranking positions respectively.

The 10th – 18th positions had major changes due to George Washington’s 5-4 victory over Cornell and Navy’s 5-4 win against George Washington. In addition, Bates knocked off Franklin & Marshall, and Williams surprised Middlebury. For this week, Princeton moves to 10th, followed by Navy, Western, Cornell, George Washington, F&M, Bates, Williams, Middlebury, and Brown.

Colby’s victory over Wesleyan added to the parity throughout ranking positions in the twenties. MIT moved up to 20, followed by Dickinson, Colby, Hobart, Bowdoin, Amherst, and Wesleyan.

Bard’s loss to Fordham continues the trend of parity seen throughout the rankings. Bard remains in the 31st position, followed by Fordham and then Vassar.

As a reminder, 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.

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 Dunlop Men's College Squash Association Team Rankings as of 1/22/2017. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking.

  1. Rochester, University of (3)
  2. Trinity College (1)
  3. Columbia University (2)
  4. Harvard University (4)
  5. Drexel University (6)
  6. Pennsylvania, University of (7)
  7. St. Lawrence University (8)
  8. Yale University (5)
  9. Dartmouth College (9)
  10. Princeton University (11)
  11. Naval Academy (15)
  12. Western Ontario, University of (14)
  13. Cornell University (10)
  14. George Washington University (12)
  15. Franklin & Marshall College (13)
  16. Bates College (18)
  17. Williams College (19)
  18. Middlebury College (16)
  19. Brown University (17)
  20. MIT (21)
  21. Dickinson College (22)
  22. Colby College (23)
  23. Hobart College (24)
  24. Bowdoin College (25)
  25. Amherst College (20)
  26. Wesleyan University (25)
  27. Hamilton College (27)
  28. Tufts University (28)
  29. Connecticut College (29)
  30. Haverford College (30)
  31. Bard College (31)
  32. Fordham University (33)
  33. Vassar College (32)