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Five Games Against 2009 NCAA Tournament Participants Highlight 2010 Harvard Men's Lacrosse Schedule

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2010 Harvard Men's Lacrosse Schedule
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -The Harvard men's lacrosse team, ranked 12th in the LaxNews Preseason poll, will play six home games and face five teams which reached last year's NCAA tournament during the upcoming 2010 season, according to an announcement made by John Tillman, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse.

In addition to the always challenging six-game Ivy League slate, Harvard will play six other opponents, including Duke, a 2009 NCAA Final Four team, and Massachusetts, who reached the NCAA postseason as well.  The Crimson is scheduled for six home games, including four in Harvard Stadium, one of the nation's premier lacrosse facilities.  Harvard will also look to advance to the Ivy League Tournament, a first for the Ancient Eight, which will be held at the home field of the regular-season champion May 7-9.  The winner of the tournament will receive the Ivy League's automatic berth to the NCAA championship.

Harvard, which finished 8-5 and 3-3 in the Ivy League in 2009, will open up the 2010 schedule by hosting Canisius at Cumnock Turf Feb. 27.  The Crimson will then hit the road for three straight games at Georgetown March 3, at Holy Cross March 6 and at Massachusetts March 13.  Three days later, the Crimson will begin a stretch of four home dates beginning with a non-conference tilt against Colgate at Cumnock Turf March 16.

On March 20, Harvard will face Brown in the Ivy League opener, scheduled to be held in Harvard Stadium.  The team will welcome Dartmouth March 27, before hosting Duke in a night game April 2.  Tillman and his squad visit Cornell, the 2009 NCAA runner-up, April 10, followed by a game at Penn April 17.  The Crimson will close out its home slate by hosting Princeton for Senior Day April 24, before finishing off the regular season at archrival Yale May 1. 

“The Ivy League schedule is always difficult, and I believe, from top to bottom, it is the top conference in the country,” Tillman said. “One of our goals every year is to play against the best teams in the country. Our games against Colgate and Canisius, two strong teams from upstate New York will be early tests for us. In addition, our traditional New England rivalry games against UMass and Holy Cross are always battles. Georgetown is always a talented and well-coached team."

"We are also excited to welcome a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke) to New England," Tillman continued.  "Having a team like Duke come to Boston is great for our program and the growth of lacrosse in New England. The atmosphere in Harvard Stadium that night should be terrific."