October 26, 2010

Cornell Releases 2011 Spring Schedule

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Lacrosse, has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2011 season. The slate is an exciting one, featuring the appearance of six 2010 NCAA tournament teams, including final four participant Virginia at the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic in Baltimore, Md. As always, the Big Red schedule will also feature the ever-competitive Ivy League conference, several games with traditional rivals and the second season of the Ivy League Tournament.

"Our program is very excited about our schedule for the upcoming 2011 season," said DeLuca. "It is a challenging schedule that we hope will help our team improve as the season progresses. We are excited about the always competitive Ivy League schedule, our upstate rivalries, especially continuing the oldest rivalry in college lacrosse as we play Hobart, and to be included in one of Inside Lacrosse's marquee events at the Face-Orr Classic is a great for our program."

For the second straight season, the contest with Hobart will kick off the men's lacrosse campaign, as the Big Red will host the 132nd meeting with the Statesmen at Schoellkopf Field on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Big Red holds an 81-47-4 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1896. After the Big Red dropped five consecutive meetings with Hobart from 1996-2000, the Big Red has won 10 of the last 11 meetings. In his second season at the helm of the Statesmen's program, Coach T.W. Johnson led Hobart to a 3-11 record overall and a mark of 1-6 in the ECAC in 2010.

For just the second time in the history of the series, the Big Red will travel down the road to Binghamton, to take on the Bearcats in a midweek contest on Tuesday, March 1. Binghamton, which finished the 2010 season with a 4-10 record, has not beaten the Big Red in seven tries.

Cornell will remain on the road as it takes on Army at Michie Stadium on Saturday, March 5. The game will be a rematch of last season's NCAA quarterfinals in which the Big Red earned a 14-5 victory in Stony Brook, N.Y. Cornell has won the last six outings against Army, but still trails in the all-time series, 23-14. The Black Knights had a breakout season in 2010 to finish with an 11-6 record overall and a perfect mark of 6-0 in the Patriot League. Army then went on to upset the second-seed Syracuse, 9-8, in double overtime in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Cornell will return home to play host to Canisius on Wednesday, March 9. The Griffs finished the 2010 season with a 6-7 overall record, but posted a winning record in its conference at 5-3. The Big Red is a perfect 7-0 in the series with Canisius.

On Saturday, March 12, Cornell will participate in one of the premier lacrosse events of the regular season, as it faces Virginia in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The game will be the fourth meeting between the two squads since the start of the 2009 season. The Cavaliers finished the 2010 campaign with a 16-2 record and advanced to the national semifinals before falling to the eventual national champion, Duke, 14-13. After defeating the Big Red last season, Virginia improved to 6-3 in the all-time series.

The Ivy League portion of the schedule begins the following weekend as the Big Red travels to Yale on Saturday, March 19. The Bulldogs had a solid 2010 season, posting a 10-4 record overall and earning a share of the Ivy League title with a 4-2 record in the conference. Yale returns two of its top three scorers for 2011, as well as its starting goalie. In the all-time series, Cornell has doubled up the Bulldogs, 45-22-1.

For the second season in a row, the Big Red will spend spring break on Long Island as it travels to Stony Brook for a midweek matchup with the Seawolves on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Stony Brook used a high powered offense to finish the 2010 season with a 13-4 record overall and a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. Last season's game was the first between the two squads since 2004 and the big Red took the 12-9 victory to improve to 4-0 in the all-time series.

Cornell returns home for a pair of Ivy League contests as it faces Penn on March 26 and Dartmouth on April 2. The Big Red holds the lead in both all-time series with a record of 60-22-3 against the Quakers and 45-15 against the Big Green. In his first season at the helm, Mike Murphy led Penn to a 5-8 record (1-5 Ivy League) against some very tough competition, as it faced seven ranked opponents during the season. Dartmouth also went 5-8 overall, but 2-4 in the conference, with one of those Ivy League wins coming against Cornell, as the Big Green snapped a 12-game Big Red winning-streak in the series.

Three straight road games make up the bulk of the month of April, as the Big Red travels to Harvard, in-state rival Syracuse and Brown.

Because of changes to last season's Ivy League schedule, Cornell heads to Harvard for the first time in two years as it takes on the Crimson on Saturday, April 9. After a last minute goal by Rob Pannell handed the Big Red its 12th straight victory against Harvard last season, Cornell improved to 60-23 in the all-time series. First year head coach Chris Wojcik will look to improve on his alma mater's 2010 record of 6-6 (2-4 Ivy League).

The annual showdown with Syracuse heads back to the Career Dome this season as Cornell and the Orange face off on Tuesday, April 12. The series began in 1920 and since that time, there have been only four seasons (1944, 1945, 1977, 1978) that the two squads have not faced each other in varsity competition. The game, which will be televised locally on Time Warner Sports, should prove to be another epic battle in what has become a fierce rivalry with seven of the games this decade being decided by less than two goals. Syracuse finished the 2010 season with a 13-2 record but will be anxious to erase the memories of last season's opening round loss to Army in the NCAA tournament.

In its final road game of the regular season, the Big Red travels to Brown on Saturday, April 23. Cornell has lost the last two regular season meetings with the Bears, but defeated Brown in the opening round of the 2010 Ivy League tournament to improve to 33-17 in the all-time series. Brown finished last year with an 8-6 record overall and earned a share of the Ivy League title with a record of 4-2 in the conference.

The marquee matchup in Ivy League lacrosse, the Cornell and Princeton rivalry, returns to Ithaca on Saturday, April 30. The two squads have combined for 48 conference titles, sharing the crown in five of the past eight seasons. The teams met twice last season with Cornell winning the regular season match-up before falling one week later in the Ivy League tournament title game. The Tigers own a slim lead in the all-time series, 37-33-2, but Cornell has won seven of the last nine meetings. Princeton returns four All-Americans from last year's 11-5 (4-2 Ivy League) squad that earned a share of the Ivy League title before falling in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to eventual national runner-up Notre Dame.

For the second season, the Ivy League will sponsor a post-season tournament on the weekend of May 6-8. The tournament will include the top four teams in the Ivy League regular season round-robin competition and will be hosted by the round-robin winner. Last season, the tournament was decided on the final weekend of competition as Cornell, Princeton, Yale and Brown all shared the Ivy League title and took the top four spots, respectively. After defeating Brown, the Big Red fell to Princeton in the title bout. The Tigers earned their spot in the championship game by defeating Yale.

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