Cornell Lacrosse to Face Six NCAA Tourney Teams in 2013

ITHACA, N.Y. Cornell women's lacrosse coach Jenny Graap announced the team's 2013 schedule Thursday afternoon, a difficult lineup that features the return of Penn State and Boston University to the slate, defending NCAA runner-up Syracuse and five other teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.

Penn State, a second-round NCAA Tournament participant in 2012, makes its first appearance on the Big Red schedule since 2001. The teams have met four times in history including the Big Red's first ever season in 1972.

Also on the schedule is nearby rival Syracuse, which lost in the national championship game last year to Northwestern. Cornell has played the Orange every year since 1998.

Cornell's spring break trip begins with a neutral-site game against Albany in Baltimore. The game will be the first ever meeting between Cornell and Albany, a team that has earned the automatic bid from the America East Conference each of the last two years.

Cornell will follow that game on March 17 with a drive down to The Tar Heel State for a March 20 date with North Carolina. The Tar Heels were ranked in the national top 10 all season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

Boston University will be Cornell's season finale on April 27 at Schoellkopf Field. The Terriers and Big Red have only met once, in 2002, with Cornell earning an 11-8 victory.

For the first time in four years, Cornell will not open its schedule against Rutgers. Instead, the Big Red will square off against Canisius for the teams' second ever meeting on Feb. 23 in Buffalo.

Other non-conference opponents include Patriot League contender Colgate and America East team Binghamton.

The Ivy League, as competitive as ever, will be a focus of Cornell's schedule throughout. The team's second game of the year is at home against Harvard, which advanced to the Ivy League Tournament last season. Cornell will have to battle defending league champion Penn on the road on March 24, right after its contest with North Carolina. And Dartmouth, which also made the NCAA Tournament in 2012, will welcome Cornell to Hanover, N.H., on April 6. The Big Red's last Ivy League game will be on the road at Yale on April 20.

All told, the Big Red will face six teams that went to the NCAAs last year including a tough stretch of five NCAA teams in six weeks.

The Ivy League Tournament, which admits the top four teams in the conference and is held at the site of the No. 1 seed, will be played on May 3 and 5. The NCAA Tournament, which expanded from 16 to 26 teams this season, is slated to start at First Round sites on May 10 and conclude at Villanova on May 24 and 26.

Date     Opponent                       Location           Time
23-Feb Canisius College Buffalo, NY 1:00 p.m.
02-Mar Harvard University Ithaca, N.Y. 12:00 p.m.
06-Mar Colgate University Ithaca, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
09-Mar Columbia University New York, NY 1:00 p.m.
13-Mar Penn State University Ithaca, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
17-Mar University of Albany Baltimore, Md. 1:00 p.m.
20-Mar University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 7:00 p.m.
24-Mar University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1:00 p.m.
30-Mar Princeton University Ithaca, N.Y. 3:00 p.m.
06-Apr Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1:00 p.m.
12-Apr Brown University Ithaca, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
16-Apr Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4:00 p.m.
20-Apr Yale University New Haven, CT 1:00 p.m.
23-Apr Binghamton University Ithaca, N.Y. 7:00 p.m.
27-Apr Boston University Ithaca, N.Y. 1:00 p.m.


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