October 18, 2011

Cornell Men Release Schedule

from press release

– Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell Lacrosse, has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2012 season. The slate is an exciting one, featuring seven home games and contests against three 2011 NCAA tournament teams, including national champion 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 third season of the Ivy League Tournament.

"We are very excited about our schedule for the upcoming 2012 season," said DeLuca. "It's great to have seven home games scheduled in front of our fans at Schoellkopf Field and we are proud to be included for the second straight season in one of Inside Lacrosse's marquee events at the Face-Off Classic."

For the third straight season, the contest with Hobart will kick off the men's lacrosse campaign, as the Big Red will travel to Geneva for the 133rd meeting with the Statesmen on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Big Red holds an 82-47-4 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 11 of the last 12 meetings. In his third season at the helm of the Statesmen's program, Coach T.W. Johnson led Hobart to an improved 5-9 record overall and a mark of 2-4 in the ECAC conference in 2011.

The Big Red will open the home portion of its schedule in a midweek game against instate rival Binghamton on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The Bearcats, which finished a turbulent 2011 season with a 7-8 record, has not beaten the Big Red in eight tries.

Cornell will extend its home-stand to three games as it takes on Army on Saturday, March 3 before welcoming Canisius for a midweek matchup on Tuesday, March 6. The Big Red, which fell to the Black Knights 11-9 last season, has won six of the last seven outings against Army, but still trails in the all-time series, 24-14. The Black Knights finished the 2011 season with a 9-5 record overall and a mark of 4-2 in the Patriot League. After facing Army, Cornell will look to extend its record against the Griffs to a perfect 8-0 in the series. Last season, Canisius struggled to a 3-9 record overall, including a 9-6 loss to the Big Red.

On Saturday, March 10, 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 sixth meeting between the two squads since the start of the 2009 season. The Cavaliers are the reigning national champions and finished the 2011 campaign with a 13-5 record. After defeating the Big Red twice last season, Virginia improved to 8-3 in the all-time series.

The Ivy League portion of the schedule begins the following weekend as the Big Red welcomes Yale to Schoellkopf Field on Saturday, March 14. The Bulldogs had a solid 2011 season, posting a 10-4 record overall and a mark of 3-3 in the conference. Yale earned a trip to the Ivy League tournament for the second consecutive season but saw its campaign end in the opening round with an 11-7 loss to the Big Red. Cornell has won 13 consecutive meetings to improve to 47-22-1 in the all-time series.

Cornell hits the road for a pair of Ivy League contests as it faces Penn on March 24 and Dartmouth on March 31. The Big Red holds the lead in both all-time series with a record of 61-22-3 against the Quakers and 46-15 against the Big Green. In his second season at the helm, Mike Murphy led Penn to an 8-7 record (4-2 Ivy League) and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Dartmouth struggled last season and will look to rebound from a 5-9 record overall and a last place finish in the Ivy League (1-5).

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

Cornell will open the home stand against the Crimson on Saturday, April 7. The Big Red defeated Harvard twice last season, with the regular season contest being won in the final moments on a goal by David Lau before Cornell dominated the Crimson in the Ivy League tournament championship game, 15-6. With those victories, the Big Red extended its winning-streak against Harvard to 14 straight wins and improved to 62-23 in the all-time series. In addition to a trip to the Ivy League tournament championship game, first-year head coach Chris Wojcik led his alma mater to a record of 10-6 (3-3 Ivy League).

The annual showdown with Syracuse heads back to Schoellkopf Field this season as Cornell and the Orange face off on Tuesday, April 10. 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 13 games played since the 2000 season being decided by less than two goals. Syracuse finished the 2011 season with a 15-2 record but will be anxious to erase the memories of its 11-6 loss to the Big Red in the Carrier Dome.

In its final home game of the regular season, the Big Red welcomes the Bears on Saturday, April 21. Cornell has won the last two outings against Brown to improve to 34-17 in the all-time series. The Bears finished last year with a 6-8 record overall and a record of 2-4 in the conference.

The marquee matchup in Ivy League lacrosse, the Cornell and Princeton rivalry, returns to Princeton on Saturday, April 28. The two squads have combined for 49 conference titles, sharing the crown in five of the past nine seasons. The Big Red won last season's meeting, and eight of the last 10 contests, but the Tigers still own a slim lead in the all-time series, 37-34-2. Princeton will be eager to improve on last year's 4-8 record (2-4 Ivy League).

For the third year, the Ivy League will sponsor a post-season tournament on the weekend of May 4-6. 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, Cornell won the outright Ivy League title and was joined by Penn, Yale and Harvard in the tournament. After defeating the Bulldogs in the opening round, the Big Red dominated the Crimson to earn its first Ivy League tournament title.

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