The 11th ranked Cornell men's lacrosse team will advance to the 2014 NCAA tournament. Game 1 is Saturday 5/10 at 5PM on ESPNU.
Cornell men’s lacrosse is heading to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. Last night’s selection show revealed that despite being upset by Penn 11-10 in the opening round of the Ivy tournament on Friday, the 11th ranked Big Red will get at least one more game.
It’s the second consecutive year they enter the tournament as an at large bid, and the second consecutive year they will play at Maryland in the opening round. Last season of course they took care of Maryland en route to the final four when they lost their semifinal game to eventual champion Duke, who grabbed the top seed again this year. Cornell will play the seventh seeded Terps this Saturday at 5 on ESPNU.
The Big Red started the season at 9-0 making them the last division 1 team to lose a game, and they even spent some time at number 1 in the country. They stumbled in the middle, losing 3 straight to Harvard, Syracuse, and Hofstra but they closed out the season with a couple wins to earn them a share of the regular season Ivy title, their 11th title in 12 years, and a 2 seed behind Harvard in the ivy tournament. Penn went on to win to beat Harvard after the upset of the Big Red, so all 3 teams will represent the Ivy League in the 16 team NCAA lacrosse tournament. Harvard will take on number 6 Notre Dame Saturday at 2:30, and the 11-3 Quakers actually earned themselves a 4 seed so they take on the unranked Drexel Sunday at 3.
Maryland comes into the tournament 11-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 at home which could be trouble for the Big Red. They are coached by Cornell alum John Tillman who graduated in 1991. If Cornell can get passed Maryland as they did in the opening round last season, they will likely get a rematch with second seeded Syracuse who downed the Big Red 14-9 at Scheollkopf in the middle of the losing streak. Cornell matched up well with the Orange in the regular season, they trailed only 6-5 at the half but struggled in only the third quarter to suffer the loss, so don’t be surprised if the Big Red mange to get by both the Terps and Syracuse and make it the to the final 4 as they did last season.
Once again the top 4 seeds are Duke, Syracuse, Loyola Maryland, and Penn. It’s just 4 wins for a title, and the Big Red Start this Saturday in College Park against 7th seeded Maryland at 5.
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