This weekend will be a big one in northern New Jersey. Not because the Jets and Giants have a few draft picks to take care of, but rather because of two epic lacrosse battles taking place at the Meadowlands on Saturday afternoon.
In the first matchup, Princeton will face Cornell in the Ivy League regular-season finale. Cornell has already clinched the top seed in the upcoming Ivy League tournament, and will host the top four conference teams in Ithaca next weekend. The winner of the postseason tournament will take hold of the leagues automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, with Cornell being the heavy favorite.
Princeton will be playing for a favorable seed in the league tournament, but more importantly, the Tigers will look to add a quality win to their at-large resume. With a win, they can clinch the second or third seed, but a loss could have the Tigers as the fourth seed and a rematch with Cornell in Ithaca next week.
Princeton, at the moment, would be left out of the NCAA tournament. The only way the Tigers can escape the at-large route would be to win the Ivy League tournament, so a good seed would be key for them.
Princeton is coming off of a confidence-building win against Harvard last weekend, as Cornell took care of Brown in Providence.
Coming into the season, the upcoming game projected to have a lot more on the line than it actually does. With Cornell having already clinched the regular-season title, this game takes on the role of a dress rehearsal for postseason play.
Cornell's Rob Pannell and Princeton's Tom Schreiber are two of the most talented players in the country. Look for them to showcase their skills in a big way as they try to improve their chances of winning the player of the year award. A big game from Pannell could ice the trophy for the Big Red attacker.
The game will take place at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, with TV coverage on ESPNU and radio coverage on 103.3 WPRB in central New Jersey.