January 15, 2009

Ivy League to Begin Lacrosse Tournaments for NCAA Bids in 2010

Jan. 15, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ivy League Executive Director Jeff Orleans announced Thursday that the Ivy League will begin four-team tournaments in spring 2010 to determine the Ivy League's automatic qualifying institutions to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Lacrosse Championships. The winners of the Ivy League championship will continue to be determined by results of the League's round-robin competitions.

The Ivy League is one of the nation's preeminent collegiate lacrosse conferences, with all eight schools sponsoring women's lacrosse and seven schools sponsoring men's lacrosse.

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our very strong men's and women's lacrosse teams," said Orleans. "And we're also pleased that we can avoid deciding our automatic bid recipient through a tiebreaker formula if we have regular-season ties, as often has been the case."

Each tournament will include the top four teams in Ivy League regular season round-robin competition and will be hosted by the round-robin winner. The men's tournament will be the season's last weekend (Friday-Sunday, May 7-9, 2010) and the women's tournament will be the preceding weekend (April 30-May 2).

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