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Yale-Penn in Ivy Final

by Nina Lindberg
by Nina Lindberg

First Championship Game Meeting



Two of the nation's hottest teams meet Sunday at noon in the 2019 Ivy League Tournament Championship Game. Yale (12-2) brings a 6-game win streak to the title contest against Penn (10-3), the league regular season champion, which has won 10 straight. It's No. 2 vs. No. 3 in the national polls on ESPNU battling for the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.



Yale leads the all-time series against Penn, 56-28, and had won 7 consecutive until this season's game at Franklin Field. The Elis are 4-0 vs. the Quakers in post-season contests, all Ivy Tournament semis in different places. The Bulldogs took a 9-6 game at Cornell in 2013, a 7-6 game in 2016 at Brown, a 13-12 (4 OT) thriller in 2017 at Yale and a 21-6 contest at Columbia in 2018.



Yale, the winner of the 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 tournaments, has appeared in every league post-season event since it began in 2010. The Bulldogs are 12-4 overall after starting tourney play at 0-2, and have outscored opponents 187-135. The first three losses came in semifinals (two one-goal decisions), the other was the 2018 championship game. The Blue won both 2017 games (Penn, Brown) by a goal. The Elis are 5-1 in championship games, taking titles at Ithaca, Princeton, Providence (twice) and New Haven. In Ivy tourney play, Yale is 4-0 vs. Penn, 1-1 vs. Harvard, 3-1 vs. Princeton, 2-0 vs. Brown and 2-2 vs. Cornell.



Yale also had a 6-game win streak heading into the game at Franklin Field in March. Matt Brandau had 3 goals and 5 points but Penn took the game 13-12 in 3 OTs.



Jackson Morrill found the net twice early in the game and Yale never trailed on the way to a 15-10 win over Cornell on Friday night. Jack Starr (12 saves) and the defense held a strong Big Red attack to just 5 goals over the first 49 minutes while preventing a shot attempt for 11 straight minutes. Matt Brandau led the scoring for the Elis with 5 goals.



The Quakers held off a fourth-quarter Brown rally to register a 13-12 Ivy semifinal win on Friday night. Their 10-game win streak is the second longest in program history and is tied with Penn State for the longest active string.




contact: Steve Conn, Yale Athletics Communications -