While many on Penn’s campus are focused on getting back at their teachers following arduous exams, Penn men’s lacrosse is looking to get revenge against Yale this Friday.
The Quakers snuck into the Ivy League Tournament thanks to Yale’s one-goal victory over Harvard on Saturday, and Yale’s reward for beating the Crimson is a date with the Red and Blue in Ithaca, N.Y.
The game has large postseason implications for Penn. While winning the Ivy League Tournament would provide the Quakers with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, a win against Yale would be huge for Penn’s at-large resume.
The Red and Blue currently stand at 8-4 with a 3-3 record in conference play, while holding some major victories over ranked teams, including Duke, Princeton, Lehigh and Villanova.
But after the season with a strong non-conference performance and an Ivy opening win over Princeton, the Quakers lost three of four to Ivy opponents, including a 7-6 OT loss to Yale at Franklin Field.
So a win against the Bulldogs would go a long way toward solidifying Penn’s NCAA Tournament chances before even looking at a possible matchup with the Tigers or Big Red for the Ancient Eight’s automatic bid.
A loss, on the other hand, likely puts the Red and Blue on the outside looking in when it comes to Selection Sunday, despite Penn having the No. 12 RPI in the country.
So if Penn wants to make a return to the NCAA Tournament after missing out in 2012, it desperately needs a strong performance against Yale on Friday at Cornell.