Cornell–Princeton lacrosse rivalry

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Cornell–Princeton lacrosse rivalry
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Cornell Big Red Princeton Tigers

Sport(s) Lacrosse
Total meetings 77
Series record Princeton leads, 39–36–2
First meeting 1922
Princeton 11, Cornell 1
Last meeting April 26, 2014
Cornell 12, Princeton 10
Next meeting 2015
Current win streak 1, Cornell

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 59 seasons (including the 2014 season) Cornell has won 28 Ivy League Championships (18 outright, 10 shared) and Princeton has won 26 league titles (18 outright, 8 shared). The next nearest team is Brown with eight titles (four outright, four shared)[1] CornellBigRed.com 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] Princeton last won the Ivy League in 2012 while Cornell won the title in 2013 and 2014.[5][6]

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.[7] Cornell won 6–4.[8] 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.[9] Cornell would win the 2011 Ivy League tournament, defeating Harvard 15-6 in the final.[10]

The teams first met in 1922, with Princeton winning 11–1.[5] With a record of 39–36–2 over 77 games,[2] Princeton remains the only conference team with an all-time winning record against Cornell.[11]

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