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Ivy League women’s preseason poll: Princeton is No. 1, Penn No. 2

Saturday, 8th February 2020

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Rankings, Posted 2/8/20
From Press Release

Princeton was picked to earn its seventh-straight Ivy League title in the 2020 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll. The Tigers, who shared the 2019 championship with Dartmouth and won the 2019 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, topped the preseason poll for the fourth-straight year with 125 points and 13-of-16 first-place votes.

Princeton earned the nod over Penn, which finished second with 112 points and three first-place votes. The Tigers and Quakers have shared the Ivy League title in five of the past six seasons, with Cornell (2017) and Dartmouth (2019) also earning championship shares during that span.

Penn—which has claimed at least a share of 11-of-13 League crowns dating back to 2007—has appeared in 13-straight NCAA Tournaments, the fifth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I, trailing only Maryland (29), Virginia (24), Northwestern (16) and North Carolina (15). Princeton has been featured in 18-of-20 NCAA Tournaments since 2000, including seven-straight.

Reigning Ivy League champion Dartmouth tallied 92 points to finish third in the preseason ledger. The Big Green are entering their first season under head coach Alex Frank, a former assistant at both Boston College and Colorado.

Princeton and Penn were ranked among the top 12 in both the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Preseason Top 20 and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Preseason Poll. Dartmouth also earned mention in the IWLCA preseason poll.

The Ivy League’s three ranked teams are the third-most of any conference, trailing only the ACC (7) and Big Ten (4).

Cornell was picked to round out the projected 2020 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament field with 79 points.

Penn has competed in all 10 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments to date, while Princeton (9), Cornell (8), Dartmouth (6), Harvard (6) and Columbia (1) have also made appearances. Brown and Yale are still looking for their first Ivy League tournament berths in 2020.

The bottom half of the poll featured a cluster of the fifth-through-eighth-place teams—Brown (57 points), Harvard (48 points), Yale (36 points) and Columbia (27 points).

Since the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship began in 1982, the Ivy League has received multiple bids 29 times, including each of the past nine seasons. The League has produced four national champions and 24 Final Four teams.

The 2020 Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will take place on May 1 and 3 at the site of the team with the best Ivy League record.

The 2020 campaign gets underway on Feb. 15-16 with all eight teams in action.

Rank School Points

  1. Princeton (13) 125
  2. Penn (3) 112
  3. Dartmouth 92
  4. Cornell 79
  5. Brown 57
  6. Harvard 48
  7. Yale 36
  8. Columbia 27

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