2012 Ivy League Tournament Central

Ivy League Tournament Central

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The Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament is just three years old, but it continues to make history. After a crazy finish to the season where five different teams had a shot to win the regular season championship and hosting privileges, the tournament once again comes to University City and the campus of Penn May 4-6. The Quakers have hosted the two previous installments of the Ivy League Tournament, but will head to a new location this year - brand-new Penn Park and Dunning-Cohen Champions Field.

Opened this September, Dunning-Cohen Champions Field is part of 24-acre Penn Park, a $46 million project on the east end of Penn's campus which has brought a plethora of new green space to West Philadelphia. A consistent home for many of Penn's varsity teams for practice and offseason workouts in addition to the entire campus on a recreational level, the women's lacrosse game on Friday night (8 p.m.) will be the first varsity game played by a Penn program on Penn Park's two synthetic turf fields.

A new champion will be crowned in the Ivy League Tournament this season with 2011 winner Princeton on the outside looking in. The Quakers erased a one-game deficit in the League standings with two games to play, defeating Brown and Princeton to close out the regular season while then-leader Dartmouth was knocked off at Princeton and at Harvard.

The Quakers claimed a sixth consecutive Ivy League title with their two wins down the stretch, finishing at 6-1 inside the Ancient Eight and 8-6 overall. Ranked No. 9 this week by the IWLCA, Penn will be the top seed for the third year in a row in the race to earn the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Another constant in the Ivy League Tournament will be Dartmouth as the #2 seed. The Big Green were in the driver's seat to host until its two losses in the final week of the season. Along with Penn, Dartmouth is one of two teams to qualify for all three Ivy League Tournaments - but still in search of its first championship.

Returning to the postseason after a year away in 2011 is number three seed Cornell. The Big Red are 0-1 all-time in Ivy Tournament games, but were part of a three-team logjam at 5-2 during the regular season. A high-powered team on attack, the Big Red led the Ancient Eight in scoring with 219 goals - 44 more than the next closest team.

Perhaps the hottest team entering the tournament in the number four seed, Harvard. After losing its first two Ivy games - to Cornell and Penn - the Crimson won their final five inside the League and seven of nine overall to close the season. Last year was Harvard's first trip to the Ivy League Tournament and the Crimson knocked off Dartmouth in the semifinals before being edged by Princeton in the title game.

Schedule of Games:
Session I: Semifinals - Friday, May 4
Game 1: (2) Dartmouth vs. (3) Cornell - 5 p.m.
Game 2: (1) Penn vs. (4) Harvard - 8 p.m.*
* Approximate start time based on Game 1. Game 2 will start no earlier than 8 p.m. and no later than 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 1.

Session II: Championship Game - Sunday, May 6
Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 12 p.m.

Session I:
Adults: $15
College Students/Children Under 14: $10

Session II:
Adults: $10
College Students/Children Under 14: $5

All Tournament Package:
Adults: $20
College Students/Children Under 14: $10

Live Streaming Information
All games of the 2012 Ivy League Tournament will be live streamed at www.ivyleaguesports.com with Ralph Bednarczyk providing play-by-play and Halley Quillinan on color commentary. There is no charge for the live streaming of the 2012 Ivy League Tournament.

Live Stats
All games of the 2012 Ivy League Tournament will feature live stats at www.ivyleaguesports.com.