PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2013 Ivy League softball season officially kicks into high gear this weekend as seven of eight teams will be in action at various tournaments around the country.
Dartmouth opened its season last weekend by going 3-2 at the Hatter Classic in Deland, Fla. The Big Green defeated Bethune-Cookman twice and Florida A&M once during the course of the three-day event. Dartmouth is slated for the George Washington Tournament in Washington, D.C. this weekend.
Six more Ivy League teams open their seasons this weekend, three of them in Florida. Defending Ivy League champion Harvard is at the Florida Atlantic Classic, while Princeton is at the UNF Tournament and Penn is at the UCF Spring Fling Tournament. Two more teams are near the nation's capitol as Columbia is at the Towson Invitational in Maryland and Cornell is going to George Mason in Fairfax, Va. for an invitational. Brown has the longest trip to open the season, heading to Fort Collins, Colo. to play in the Colorado State Tournament.
Yale will wait until March 5 to open the season. The Bulldogs will play a twinbill at Central Connecticut State.
Harvard swept the Ivy League Championship Series last season, defeating Penn in two games for its third straight title. The Crimson joined Princeton as the only schools to ever win three consecutive Ivy softball crowns. The Tigers have done it three times since the League began softball in 1980.
This year's Ivy League Championship Series is slated for May 4-5 at the site of the division winner with the best Ivy League record.