It’s time once again for the IvySports Roundup: The place where we recap all the official Ivy League sports of the previous weekend. That’s right, for all the official Ivy League teams that had contests, we’ve got them covered. You won’t find any of those lame unofficial club teams here, like mock trial, quiz bowl, or rugby. It’s all the real deal.
After this past weekend’s EAWRC Sprints, we’ve officially reached the end of the Ivy League athletics season. As such, this is the penultimate IvySports Roundup of the school year with the last one coming in a couple weeks when Dartmouth is eliminated in the NCAA D-1 baseball regionals. And since there were so few contests on which to base a complete rank order this week, this is an abbreviated Roundup. Just a top three plus last. And off we go:
Holds bragging rights over: Princeton
Obvious choice for number one this week. In Saturday’s IvyCoChampionsLacrossigeddon at Hofstra, the Big Red stifled the Tigers 6-4 to advance to the national semifinals in Foxborough. It’s Cornell’s second trip to the Final Four in the last three years. If you saw the game on television, then you are one of the seven people in the country to get ESPNU. Also, you would have seen a defensive struggle in which the difference was Cornell hauling in 39 (!) ground balls to Princeton’s 19. Leading the Big Red with two goals was senior Rocco Romero, who will now have to miss hearing convocation speaker David Plouffe in order to play in a packed Gillette Stadium against Virginia on ESPN2. You have to feel sorry for him.
It was not all sunshine and ass-kickings for Big Red teams, however. Despite being seeded as “not the worst” team in their regional bracket, Cornell softball went two and done, including a defeat to 27-loss Sacred Heart. Making up for that disappointment was men’s and women’s track, who finished best out of the Ivy schools at the IC4A and ECAC Championships. Granted, they only finished fifth and tenth overall, but have you ever seen SUNY-Albany‘s track teams? They’re known as the Blur of the Mohawk-Hudson River Confluence. You’ve got no chance at beating them if you’re from the tri-state area.
More after the jump.
Holds bragging rights over: Radcliffe
The last Ivy League title of the year goes to the Elis, whose women’s crew team won the Eastern Sprints title for the third time in five years. The Lady Bulldogs just pipped Radcliffe in the Grand Final, winning by less than a second. Yale also won the team points title, the unfortunately named Willing Cup. It’s unfortunately named because unlike other Ivy League rowing titles, we can’t easily transform it into a stupid joke. Sure, we could go with “Coalition of the Willing Cup,” but that’s so 2003.
Yale’s win was actually a bit of a surprise, as they were seeded second behind two-time defending NCAA champ Brown. Some attributed the Elis’ victory to having angels on their side. Or more specifically, Dark Angels. [rimshot]
Holds bragging rights over: Princeton
After years of searching, Penn has finally found something they are better than Duke in. The Quakers women’s lacrosse team topped Duke in overtime 10-9 to advance to their third consecutive Final Four. It wasn’t easy, as Penn blew a 7-2 halftime lead by allowing seven straight Blue Devil goals. The Quakers would rally t0 score the final three goals of the game–including the OT winner from Becca Edwards–to earn the right to lose to face Northwestern on Friday just two hours away from home. The game winner was also Edwards’ 100th career point, which earns her a $20 credit at the Trump Taj Mahal.
Holds bragging rights over: Brown
It was not hard to tell which school would finish last this week. On top of the men’s lacrosse woes, women’s lacrosse was pounded by Northwestern 16-9. The only reason for the Tigers’ bragging rights over Brown was women’s crew finishing third in the Eastern Sprints Grand Final, three seconds ahead of the top-seeded Bears. Actually…
8. 7. Princeton
There, that’s better. See you in a couple weeks.