NCAA Lacrosse: Ivy League Update After This Weekend's Games
The Ivy League, widely considered the most talented and contentious in the country, had a wild Saturday that shook up the conference standings.
With a plethora of conference games across the nation, Cornell looked to stay atop the Ivy standings, while Penn, Yale, Princeton, and Brown all tried to keep pace. The league has four teams that have legitimate tournament talent, but it is highly doubtful that all four will get a bid to the big dance.
On Saturday, Cornell dominated an underachieving Dartmouth team by a score of 21-5. The Big Red got three goals apiece from five different players on their roster, showing their depth on the offensive side of the ball.
Cornell will most likely be No. 1 in the national polls this week, as St. John's upset current No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday as well. Cornell was able to empty their bench against Dartmouth, and should coast to another victory next weekend when they face Harvard.
Speaking of Harvard, the Crimson played Duke really tough last night in a nationally televised game from Cambridge. Every time it seemed that Duke would pull away, Harvard showed offensive confidence and would tie the game right back up.
It took a full four quarters for any team to take a lead larger than a goal, with Duke surviving to win 12-11. It was an impressive showing for a Harvard team that had not been playing good lacrosse thus far in 2013.
In a match-up that seemed like a must-win for both programs, Yale took down Penn in Philadelphia by a score of 7-6 in overtime. These two teams looked even on paper, and played even for more than 60 minutes on Saturday.
With the win, Yale moved to 1-2 in the league, and also forced Penn into a 1-2 record within Ivy play. They are both technically tied for fifth in the league, with Harvard and Brown ahead of them at 1-1 in conference play.
Princeton defeated Brown in New Jersey by a score of 15-8. Senior Jeff Froccaro scored four goals and surpassed the 100-point milestone on his way to a five-point day. His younger brother, Jake Froccaro, was the beneficiary of the assist that put Jeff over 100 points, and had himself a successful day with his first career hat-trick.
The Tigers shut out Brown for almost 40 minutes in this one before Brown made a late rally against some of Princeton's second-line defenders. With the win, Princeton moves into sole possession of second place in the league with a 2-1 record.
If Princeton and Cornell can take care of business down the stretch, their game in MetLife Stadium later this year will be one for the ages. It will not only determine the regular season champion, but also the host of the Ivy League Tournament.
Princeton hosted the tournament last year, with Yale winning it and gaining the automatic bid. I think Cornell and Princeton will get into the tournament this year, with Penn or Yale having to prove themselves to earn a third spot for the conference.
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