It is very likely that the Ivy League, one of the top conferences in the country for lacrosse, would have two teams in the field.
Right before the Harvard-Yale game, Penn defeated traditional powerhouse Cornell 11-10. This dropped the Big Red to 11-4 on the season. Cornell will likely be ranked in the top 10 teams according to the computer polls, which would make it a bubble team with a strong candidacy. The Big Red shared the regular season Ivy Leauge title with the Crimson.
Harvard, on the other hand, would likely be ranked between 10 and 15 in the computer polls, mostly due to unfortunate losses to UMASS and Albany early in the season when the team was playing without First-Team All-Ivy League sophomore attackman Devin Dwyer, as well as to Duke and UNC later in the season.
When the two teams met in early April, however, the Crimson dominated Cornell 14-9 with an 8-3 surge in the second half. It is difficult to tell whether the NCAA selection committee would put the Big Red in over the Crimson, considering the result of that game and Harvard’s advancement to the final of the conference tournament, but many people still believe that Cornell is in, regardless of the loss.
The only sure way for the Crimson to make the NCAA tournament is to win on Sunday.
—Staff writer Theo Levine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.