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 the Big Red’s 26th
overall Ivy crown. As the No. 1 seed, Cornell will also host the
Ivy League Tournament for the second year in a row.
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, which won two non-conference games this week, had 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. Harvard downed the Tigers, 9-8, to keep control of its own destiny entering its final game of the regular season versus Yale. Princeton and Dartmouth need help to make the 2011 tournament field.
The Ivies also swept their non-conference games as Dartmouth beat Vermont (9-7), Brown downed Providence (6-4) and Yale defeated Bryant (9-8) and Georgetown (13-8). The win for Dartmouth snapped a four-game losing streak, while Yale has now won five in a row.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior attackman Dean Gibbons (Garden City, N.Y.), was the key contributor on offense in Harvard’s crucial 9-8 victory at Princeton on Saturday afternoon. After the Crimson fell behind, 3-0, Gibbons scored Harvard’s first goal at 3:56 of the first quarter to get the Crimson on the scoreboard. Gibbons then knotted the game early in the second, 3-3, and assisted on a tally by Matt Hull with just 1.4 seconds left in the first half, which gave Harvard a 6-4 lead at the break.
In the second half, Gibbons assisted on two goals in the third quarter and tallied the eventual game-winning goal with 7:47 left in the fourth, as Harvard went ahead, 9-6 on the attackman’s unassisted tally. Gibbons finished the game with a game-high six points on three goals and three assists on seven shots, including five on target. Gibbons, who paces Harvard with 49 points this season on 25 goals and 24 assists, also earned Ivy Player of the Week honors this year when he shared the award with Cornell’s Rob Pannell on March 14.
Gibbons’ Weekly Stats
1 GP, 3G, 3A, 6 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG, 1 GB, Team: 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman goalie Brian Feeney (Summit, N.J.) led the Quakers to a 2-0 record last week, including a 9-4 win over Dartmouth that helped Penn clinch second place in the League standings for the first time since 1989 and seal its place in the 2011 Ivy League Tournament.
Feeney made four saves in the first quarter against Dartmouth to
keep Penn in the game. He did not allow a goal from 11:31 left in
the first to the 10:34 mark in the fourth, a stretch of nearly 46
minutes in which he made eight of his nine saves. Feeney’s
.692 save percentage against Dartmouth was his third-best this
season, surpassed only by his performances in wins over Duke and
Princeton. It marks the second time this season Feeney has been
named the League’s Rookie of the Week, having also earned the
honor on Feb. 28.
Feeney’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 105:00 mins., 11 SVS, 9 GA, 5.5 SVS/Gm, .579 SV %, 4.57 GAA, 3 GB, 1 CT, 2-0
Kip Dooley, Dartmouth, Jr., M (Minneapolis, Minn.)
2 GP, 2G, 3A, 5 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, 3 GB, 2 CT, Team: 1-1
Brian Douglass, Yale, Sr., A (Waccabuc, N.Y.)
2 GP, 5G, 3A, 8 Points, 11 Shots, 10 SOG, 1 GB, CT Team: 2-0
Tyler Fiorito, Princeton, Jr., G (Phoenix, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 16 SVS, 9 GA, .640 SV %, 9.00 GAA, 2 GB, 0-1
Rob Pannell, Cornell, Jr., A (Smithtown, N.Y.)
1GP, 2G, 5A, 7 Points, 10 Shots, 6 SOG, 3 GB, Team: 1-0
Joe Petrucci, Harvard, Fr., D (Far Hills, N.J.)
1 GP, 6 GB, 1 CT, Team: 1-0
Rob Schlesinger, Brown, Jr., M (Medford, Mass.)
2 GP, 2G, 2 Points, 9 Shots, 5 SOG, 5 GB, Team: 1-1
Corey Winkoff, Penn, Sr., A (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.)
2GP, 6A, 6 Points, 7 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 2-0
The 55th regular season of Ivy League men’s lacrosse comes to a close this weekend. Cornell will be looking to finish undefeated in Ivy play for the 16th time, Yale is trying to secure the tournament’s No. 3 seed and Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth all harbor hopes of joining Cornell, Penn and Yale at next weekend’s Ivy League Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y.
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.
Saturday, April 30
Princeton at (3) Cornell, 12:30 pm [CBSSN]*
Brown at Dartmouth, 1 pm*
(15) Yale at Harvard, 1 pm*
(13) Penn at (11) Virginia, 3 pm*
(#) - refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll released on April 25.
[Indicates televison coverage]
* - Ivy League contest