Cornell Announces Its 2012 Lacrosse Schedule

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.

Feb. 4 # at Colgate Hamilton, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 11 # JOHNS HOPKINS Ithaca, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.

Regular Season
Feb. 25 at Hobart Geneva, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 28 BINGHAMTON Ithaca, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
Mar. 3 ARMY Ithaca, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.
Mar. 6 CANISIUS Ithaca, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
Mar. 10 ^ vs. Virginia Baltimore, Md. 1:30 p.m.
Mar. 14 * YALE Ithaca, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.
Mar. 24 * at Penn Philadelphia, Pa. 1:00 p.m.
Mar. 31 * at Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 7 * HARVARD Ithaca, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.
Apr. 10 SYRACUSE Ithaca, N.Y. 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 21 * BROWN Ithaca, N.Y. 3:00 p.m.
Apr. 28 * at Princeton Princeton, N.J. TBA
May 4-6 Ivy League Tournament

# Scrimmage
* Ivy League game
^ Face-Off Classic (M&T Bank Stadium)

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