Three Nationally Ranked Teams on 2014 Schedule

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The Yale women's lacrosse huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Season Starts Feb. 22 vs. Holy Cross

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three games against teams that were nationally ranked in the preseason poll, and four against teams that made last year's NCAA Tournament, highlight the 2014 Yale women's lacrosse schedule. The 15-game slate includes seven Ivy League games and eight non-league games. This also marks the fifth year for the Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament, in which the top four teams in the final Ivy standings play for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

This will mark Yale's sixth season at Reese Stadium, and the sixth season under Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The Bulldogs open with a pair of non-league games, hosting Holy Cross Feb. 22 and traveling to Sacred Heart Feb. 26.

Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2014, Yale's 39th varsity season:

  • Yale's regular-season schedule consists of 15 games. That includes seven games against Ivy League opponents (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton).
  • The regular-season schedule includes eight non-conference games: Saturday Feb. 22 vs. Holy Cross, Wednesday Feb. 26 at Sacred Heart, Wednesday Mar. 5 vs. Bryant, Friday Mar. 7 vs. Quinnipiac, Wednesday Mar. 26 at Boston U., Friday Mar. 28 vs. Cal, Sunday Mar. 30 vs. Lehigh and Wednesday Apr. 9 vs. Stony Brook.
  • Yale plays games in five different states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York).
  • There are 10 regular-season home games on the schedule and five regular-season road games.
  • Yale plays three games against teams that are ranked in the IWLCA preseason national poll (No. 12 Stony Brook, No. 15 Penn and No. 16 Princeton).
  • The schedule includes four games against teams that took part in the 2013 NCAA tournament: Dartmouth (lost in second round), Penn (lost in first round) , Princeton (lost in first round) and Stony Brook (lost in second round).
  • On Saturday Apr. 19, vs. Columbia, Yale will host Senior Day, as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the nine members of the Class of 2014:

 

  • The top four teams in the Ivy League regular season standings will take part in the Ivy League Tournament, which determines the team that receives the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The first-place team hosts the tournament, which starts with the semifinals on Friday, May 2 (No. 3 vs. No. 2 at 4:00 p.m. and No. 4 vs. No. 1 at 7:00 p.m.). The Ivy League Tournament championship game takes place on Sunday, May 4 at Noon.
  • The Ivy League is one of 13 leagues that receive an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, last season two Ivy teams received at-large berths. To be selected for an at-large berth a team must have a .500 or better overall won-lost record.
  • Selections for the NCAA tournament, which includes 26 teams (13 automatic qualifiers and 13 at-large), will be announced on Sunday May 4 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. The tournament begins Friday May 9 and Sunday May 11 with first- and second-round games at campus sites. The winners of those series advance to the quarterfinals, which take place at campus sites Saturday May 17 or Sunday May 18. The NCAA semifinals (Friday May 23) and championship (Sunday May 25) take place at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
  • Yale will offer live stats and video of home games on yalebulldogs.com. Live stats and video from road games will be available through the host schools' websites. 
  • The schedule is subject to change. Check yalebulldogs.com for updates.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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