Bulldogs Knock Trinity From Nation's Top Spot After 13 Years at No. 1

Ryan Dowd. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ryan Dowd. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

For the first time in 13 years, a team other than Trinity is on top of the men's squash world. That team is the Yale Bulldogs, whose 5-4 win over the Bantams last week garnered them the top spot in this week's Dunlop Men's College Squash Rankings. The Elis will play for the first time as the nation's best Saturday when they take on No. 13 Navy in Annapolis, Md. 

Yale, who had been No. 2 in the weekly rankings, is coming off a dominating 9-0 win at No. 16 Brown and will carry a 10-0 record into play against the Midshipmen. Much of their recent success - in particular that win against Trinity - was due to the play of a determined senior class that has earned national attention for its performance. Senior John Roberts, the man who closed out the Bantams and their 252-match win streak, was honored this week with the Harrow Sports College Men's Squash Player of the Week award for his performances, while captain Ryan Dowd and classmate Robby Berner have been integral parts of Yale's run to the top. 

The upperclassmen in general have been excellent for the Bulldogs, as for much of the year the top three on the Yale ladder have been juniors Kenneth Chan, Hywel Robinson and Ricky Dodd. 

The Elis assumed the nation's top spot with just five regular-season matches to go before the CSA Team Championships Feb. 17-19, where, in all likelihood, they'll face another 1-2 matchup with Trinity. The matchup with the Midshipmen is Yale's first step in determining which position they'll hold when that moment comes. 

View the new Dunlop Men's College Squash Rankings Here: http://collegesquashassociation.com/2012/01/27/2011-2012-dunlop-mens-college-squash-team-rankings-1222012/

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.