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.
SERIES vs. PENN
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'S IVY TOURNEY HISTORY
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.
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