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Yale, Princeton Advance to Men's Lacrosse Tournament Championship Game

Deron Dempster (left) netted eight goals and Matt Gibson (right) had eight assists to lead the Bulldogs to their first Ivy Tournament semifinal victory.

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PRINCETON
, N.J. -- Yale and Princeton posted semifinal wins on a humid evening at Princeton's Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium on the opening night of the 2012 Ivy League Tournament. With the victories, the Bulldogs and Tigers will meet on Sunday at noon with the Ivy Tournament title and a NCAA Championship automatic bid on the line. The title contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

The Bulldogs, returning to the Ivy League Tournament for the third consecutive year, posted a 14-10 win over Cornell led by record-setting offensive performances from Deron Dempster (eight goals) and Matt Gibson (eight assists). Both totals were single game highs for an Ivy tournament game, while Gibson's eight assists marked a Sherrerd Field record.

The victory was Yale's eighth straight, the second longest winning streak in school history, and moved the Bulldogs to 10-4 on the season. The Big Red are now 9-4 on the year.

In the nightcap, Princeton came away with a 9-6 win over a Bears squad that had won five of its last six games. Brown goalie Will Round made 10 saves in net, while Ivy League Player of the Year Tyler Fiorito stopped 12 saves in the Tiger cage, including five in the fourth quarter, to lead Princeton to the win.

Princeton is now 11-3 overall, while Brown ended its season at 7-8.

Princeton returns to the Ivy title game for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 2010, when it posted a 10-9 overtime win at Cornell. Yale will play in its first Ivy League Tournament title game.

Dempster, who registered the best Yale offensive performance since 1990 (10 goals, Jon Reese vs. Army), found the net eight times on nine shots. His first seven attempts got past Cornell netminders as the Blue built a huge lead against the No. 2 seed and then held on at the end for its first win over the Ithacans since 1999 (14 straight).