Cornell–Princeton lacrosse rivalry

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Cornell–Princeton lacrosse rivalry
Sport Lacrosse
First meeting 1922
Princeton 11, Cornell 1
Latest meeting April 28, 2018
Princeton 14, Cornell 8
Next meeting 2019 TBD
Meetings total 82
All-time series Princeton leads, 42–38–2
Current win streak Princeton, 1

The Cornell–Princeton lacrosse rivalry is a college lacrosse rivalry between Princeton University and Cornell University and their respective men's lacrosse teams, Princeton Tigers and Cornell Big Red. The rivalry stems from the dominance of the two programs in the Ivy League where in the first 63 seasons (beginning in 1956 and up to and including the 2018 season) Cornell has won 29 Ivy League Championships (18 outright, 11 shared) and Princeton has won 27 league titles (18 outright, 9 shared). The next nearest team is Brown with ten titles (five outright, five shared)[1] The Ivy League awards the league championship to the team with the best record at the conclusion of the regular season. In the event two or more teams are tied with identical records the title is shared with no tie breaking mechanism. The teams shared the title in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 (also with Brown and Yale) and 2015 (also with Brown). describes the rivalry as "The marquee matchup in Ivy League lacrosse".[2] Cornell claims three NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships (1971, 1976, 1977)[3] and four pre-NCAA era national championships (1903, 1907, 1914, 1916).[4] Princeton claims six NCAA championships (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)[5] and six pre-NCAA era national championships (1884, 1885, 1937, 1942, 1951, 1953).[3] The most recent Ivy League title for each school was 2015 when they finished the regular season tied with Brown with identical 4-2 records.

Although the two schools have a long rivalry, they did not oppose each other in postseason play until the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium.[6] Cornell won 6–4.[7] In 2010, Princeton defeated Cornell 10–9 in the inaugural Ivy League lacrosse championship tournament and received the league's automatic berth to the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship.[8] Cornell would win the 2011 Ivy League tournament, defeating Harvard 15-6 in the final.[9] Princeton would defeat Cornell in the semifinals of both the 2013 and 2015 tournaments but would fall to Yale in the championship game both times. Cornell would win the Ivy League tournament again in 2018 and therefore has two titles to Princeton's one although both trail Yale's five tournament championships.

The teams first met in 1922, with Princeton winning 11–1.[5] With a record of 42–38–2 over 82 games,[2] Princeton remains the only conference team with an all-time winning record against Cornell.[10]


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  2. ^ a b "Men's Lacrosse Announces 2012 Schedule". October 18, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship formerly known as the Wingate Memorial Champion". United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2009Cornell Big Red Men's Lacrosse" (PDF). Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Men's Lacrosse Record Book" (PDF). Princeton University. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Delaney, Brian (May 15, 2009). "A New Stage for Cornell-Princeton Rivalry". Lax. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Syracuse reaches lacrosse semis; Cornell ousts Princeton". USA Today. May 16, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Princeton Downs Cornell in First-Ever Men's Lacrosse Ivy League Tournament Championship Game: Tigers secure automatic berth to 2010 NCAA tournament with overtime win". Cornell Sun. May 9, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
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  10. ^ Gilani, Reena (April 29, 2011). "Red Hosts Princeton With Ivy Win Streak on Line". Cornell Sun. Retrieved November 25, 2011.