PRINCETON, N.J. -- On the second-to-last Saturday of Ivy League men's lacrosse play, Cornell posted an 18-5 win at Brown to clinch outright the 2011 Ivy regular-season title. It marks the ninth-consecutive year Cornell has earned at least a share of the League title and it's 26th overall Ivy crown.
As the regular-season champion, the Big Red will play host to the 2011 Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday, May 6 and Sunday, May 8. Friday's semifinal games will be at a time to be announced and will be aired live on ESPN3.com. Sunday's championship will be played at Noon and aired live on ESPNU. The four teams that make the field will play for the League's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship.
With a 9-4 win over Dartmouth on Saturday, Penn clinched the second seed (8-4, 4-2 Ivy) in the tournament field, marking the first time the Quakers will take part in the two-year-old event. Though Yale won two non-conference games this week while having the Ivy bye, other League results worked in the Bulldogs' favor and they clinched a place in the tournament field as well. The Bulldogs could either be the third or fourth seed.
As far as the fourth team in the 2011 field, Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton are all still in contention. Complete seed information, site specifics, semifinal game times and ticket information will be announced next week when the field is completed. Below are ways in which Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth could make the field.
Harvard (8-5, 2-3 Ivy)
The most straightforward path for Harvard to make the field is to defeat Yale. If that were to happen, Harvard would be the No. 3 seed and Yale would be the fourth seed.
Harvard could also get into the field if it finishes 2-4 along with Princeton and Brown. In that scenario, Harvard holds the tie-breakers by virtue of its 2-0 record versus both those teams. If it were to happen, Yale would be the third seed and Harvard the fourth.
Harvard could also enter the field if it finishes 2-4 along with Princeton and Dartmouth. Those three teams would all have 1-1 records against each other and identical 0-3 records versus Cornell, Penn and Yale meaning that in this scenario, the fourth team to make the field would be determined by a random draw conducted by Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris. Yale would earn the third seed on this scenario.
Princeton (4-7, 2-3 Ivy)
In addition to the three-way tie and subsequent draw described above, the Tigers could make the tournament field with a win at Cornell next weekend and a loss by Harvard. In that case, Yale would be the third seed and Princeton the fourth seed.
Dartmouth (5-8, 1-4 Ivy)
Dartmouth's playoff hopes rest on beating Brown in its final game and entering into the random draw scenario with Princeton and Harvard listed above.