PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 58th season of Ivy League men's lacrosse gets underway this weekend with all seven Ivy teams playing in a slate of non-conference games.
The [16/18] Penn Quakers are the first to play again this season... and hope to duplicate the same opening night magic that they had a year ago. Penn knocked off Duke at Franklin Field to open the season last year. This year, the Quakers will visit the [1/2] Blue Devils for a game that will be shown by ESPN3.
Saturday's slate begins at 11 am when [9/10] Princeton hosts Hofstra in a game televised by ESPNU. The Tigers return Tewaaraton Award candidate Tom Schreiber and high-scoring attackman Mike MacDonald. Two games will be shown on the new Ivy League Digital Network as [19/16] Cornell, the defending Ivy League regular season champs and a 2013 national semifinalist, hosts backyard-rival Hobart at 1 pm and [13/13] Yale, last year's Ivy League Tournament champs, hosts [18/19] St. John's at 1:30 pm in a top-20 battle.
Other games on Saturday feature Brown visiting Quinnipiac, Harvard visiting in-state rival [15/14] UMass, and Dartmouth heading south to take on [3/3] North Carolina.
Four of the League's seven teams are ranked in the two top-20 polls as the season begins for Ivy teams, with a fifth receiving votes.
Princeton is the highest-ranked team, sitting at No. 9 in the newly-named Warrior Media Poll and No. 10 in the USILA Coaches' Poll. Yale sits at No. 13 in both polls, while Penn is No. 16 in the Warrior poll and No. 18 in the USILA rankings. Cornell is No. 19 in the Warrior rankings and No. 16 in the USILA poll. In addition, Harvard is receiving votes in the USILA poll.
Last season, six of the seven Ivies received votes in the polls with five of them appearing in the Top 20 at least once.
Friday, February, 21
[16/18] Penn at [1/2] Duke [ESPN3]
Saturday, February 22
Hofstra at [9/10] Princeton, 11 am [ESPNU]
Brown at Quinnipiac, 12 noon
Hobart at [19/16] Cornell, 1 pm [IVY]
[--/RV] Harvard at [15/14] UMass, 1 pm
[18/19] St. John's at [13/13] Yale, 1:30 pm [IVY]
Dartmouth at [3/3] North Carolina, 2 pm
Tuesday, February 25
Dartmouth at Vermont, 3 pm
[19/16] Cornell at [--/RV] Binghamton, 4 pm
Holy Cross at [--/RV] Harvard, 4 pm [IVY]
[9/10] Princeton at Manhattan, 7 pm
Saint Joseph's at [16/18] Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, March 1
[--/RV] Harvard at [11/11] Albany, 12 noon
[8/8] Johns Hopkins at [9/10] Princeton, 12 noon [IVY]
[6/5] Denver at [16/18] Penn, 1 pm [IVY]
[15/14] UMass at Brown, 1 pm [IVY]
[13/13] Yale at [RV/RV] Bryant, 1 pm
1-Dartmouth vs. Sacred Heart, 1 pm
[19/16] Cornell at Michigan, 1 pm
Tuesday, March 4
Quinnipiac at [--/RV] Harvard, 4 pm
[RV/--] Canisius at [19/16] Cornell, 4 pm
Wednesday, March 5
Hartford at Brown, 4 pm [IVY]
Friday, March 7
[3/3] North Carolina at [9/10] Princeton, 5:30 pm [ESPNU]
Saturday, March 8
[--/RV] Harvard at [RV/RV] Georgetown, 12 noon
[7/5] Virginia at [19/16] Cornell, 12 noon [IVY]
[13/13] Yale at [RV/19] Fairfield, 3 pm
2- Brown vs. Hobart, 4 pm
[16/18] Penn at [RV/RV] Villanova, 7 pm
IVY - Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network
1 - Patriot Cup, Dallas (Ford Stadium)
2- at Hempstead, N.Y.
Rankings listed as Warrior Media/USILA