All eyes on Yale this weekend
This will be a big weekend for Yale athletics.
On Friday night the Bulldogs' lacrosse team, winners of five of its last six games, will meet top-seed Cornell in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament at Ithaca, N.Y.
The No. 19/20 Bullldogs (10-3), the tournament's fourth seed, face No. 2 and top seed Cornell (11-2) at 8 p.m.
The winner takes on the survivor of the 5 p.m. No. 15 Penn (8-5) vs. No. 17 Harvard (9-5) contest Sunday at noon for the automatic NCAA Tournament spot.
The Big Red has taken 12 straight and leads the series 44-23-1. Yale's last win was 7-6 in 1999 at Reese Stadium, while the last Bulldog win at Ithaca was an 11-10 OT decision in 1996. The Elis and Big Red have never played a post-season contest.
The Bulldogs have played six post-season games including five in NCAA Tournaments and one in the Ivy League Tournament. Yale is 2-3 in NCAA games and lost its only Ivy appearance last year to Princeton.
Ivy League track
New Haven will serve as the host site for the annual Ivy League Heptagonals Championships. Yale will host the much-anticipated meet at Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track from May 7-8.
The conference championship will feature all eight Ivy League schools in its 76th year of competition.
Senior captain Marty Evans will play a key role this weekend, holding the league's third-fastest time in the 200-meter dash and sixth-fastest in the 400-meter dash. Evans could also seek a title in the 200-meter dash after taking runner-up in last year's championships. Junior Matthew Bieszard should be a force in the 200-meter and 100-meter dashes, scoring in both events last year. Senior Chris Stanley has also been a contributor in the 400-meter dash this season. In the short sprints, senior Nathan Molina and freshman Daniel Jones seem to be peaking at the right time after a streak of season bests in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Springtime Invitational on Sunday.
Four Yale softball players have earned 2011 Capital One Academic All-District honors. Catcher McKynlee Westman was voted to the first team, while infielder Katie Yanagisawa and outfielders Jennifer Ong and Virginia Waldrop were second team selections.
Yanagisawa, a psychology major, was one of only four players to start all 42 games. She finished second on the team in hitting (.321) and tied for second in hits (44) and runs scored (24). Her 23-game hitting streak during the season was one of the longest in the nation this season. She is an Orange native.