Cornell–Hobart rivalry

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Cornell–Hobart
Men's Lacrosse Series
First meeting May 5, 1896
Latest meeting February 22, 2014
Next meeting TBD
All-time record Cornell: 84–47–4[1][2]

The Cornell–Hobart rivalry is an intercollegiate lacrosse rivalry between the Cornell Big Red, which represent Cornell University, and Hobart Statesmen, which represent Hobart College. It is one of the oldest rivalries in college lacrosse and, as of 2014, has been played 135 times. The teams first met in 1896, in which Hobart prevailed, 2–1.[3] As of 2014, Cornell leads the series with an 84–47–4 all-time record.[1][2] The game is sometimes referred to as the oldest ongoing college lacrosse series,[1][3] although it is predated, for instance, by the 111-game Johns Hopkins–Maryland series which began in 1895.[4]

Hobart fielded its first varsity-level lacrosse team in 1903,[5] and in 1995, promoted its team from Division III to Division I to preserve the lacrosse rivalry with Cornell (and a similar one with Syracuse).[6] In 2008, the continuation of the series was put in jeopardy when the Hobart Board of Trustees decided to reclassify its lacrosse program back to the Division III level on April 26. After an emotional reaction from the alumni community, however, the decision was reversed on May 1. The following day, Cornell played the first night game at Hobart's Boswell Field.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c No. 7/6 Men's Lacrosse Opens 2010 Season vs. Hobart on Sunday, Cornell University, February 25, 2010, retrieved May 31, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Men's Lacrosse: Pannell leads Cornell to opening win over rival Hobart, Inside Lacrosse, March 1, 2010.
  3. ^ a b 2009 Men's Lacrosse Media Guide: History and Archives (pages 49-72) (PDF), Cornell University, 2009, retrieved May 31, 2010.
  4. ^ All-Time Results (PDF), 2009 Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Media Guide, p. 98, Johns Hopkins University, 2009.
  5. ^ Hobart-Cornell lax opener delayed, moved to Carrier Dome, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, February 24, 2010, retrieved May 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Hobart Reverses Decision: Statesmen to Remain Division I, Lax Magazine, May 2, 2008.
  7. ^ Hobart Lacrosse to Remain in Division I, Eastern College Athletic Conference, May 2, 2008, retrieved May 31, 2010.