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Date Posted: 10:38:54 04/12/17 Wed
Perhaps someone with a crystal ball is correct, and this year's disappointing Ivy lacrosse results (big falloffs at Brown, Penn, Cornell and Harvard) are mere aberrations, but I persist in saying the Ivies need to get their respective acts together in this sport. Otherwise,we may be seeing a repeat of what happened to football in the forties and fifties, with our teams holding on to national relevance by their fingernails, but in the end being outspent and out-recruited by very well financed big conference competition.
In particular, I sense that the days of Cornell dominance, largely founded on great recruiting on LI, are coming to an end. Ten or fifteen years ago, the pitch made to a premium player on the Island to come to Ithaca was compelling--get an Ivy degree and play for a national championship contender. Today, with full or partial scholarship aid being offered, regardless of parental finances, at Duke, ND, Michigan, NC, UVA, etc., etc., and those schools much more credible as championship contenders than the Big Red, who among the best players gets very excited about an offer from Cornell (or Brown, Dartmouth or Penn for that matter) with very little financial backing? HYP prestige may keep those teams from getting crushed in recruiting competition by above named Public Ivies, or Near Ivies, but I fear the rest of the League may well be on its way to the dustbin of lax history.
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