Columbia Breaks Through

The Columbia Lions’ men’s team was the biggest mover in the nation this week, climbing to No. 18 in the nation in the USTFCCCA poll after not being ranked previously. In fact, this is the first time the Light Blue has been ranked since at least 1998.

Last week the Lions, now ranked second in the Northeast behind No. 5 Iona, beat four nationally-ranked teams — Syracuse, Providence, Villanova and Virginia — at the Brooks Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.

That move brings Columbia very close to Princeton in the polls as the Tigers fell two spots to 14th after taking third — behind No. 6 BYU and No. 11 Florida State — at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

On the women’s side, the Princeton Tigers are clinging on to a national ranking, falling to 28th. Yale has made a believer out of the coaches, though, moving to third in the Northeast and 32nd nationally after a third-straight solid performance. Dartmouth and Cornell are also receiving votes on the women’s side.

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