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Syracuse Lacrosse: ACC & Ivy Provide Compelling Conference Tournament Scenarios

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Syracuse has a chance to be the #1, #2, or #3 seed in the ACC Tournament, it all comes down to UNC's next two games. While it would go to a tiebreaker, the potential tie-up in the ACC is nothing compared to a few, albeit unlikely, scenarios of chaos in the Ivy League.

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First let's go through the ACC Tournament picture.

The North Carolina Tar Heels, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Syracuse Orange are each assured a top three seed.

The ACC standings:

Team

Rec.

Games Remaining

Notre Dame

3-0

UNC

North Carolina

2-0

SU, UND

Syracuse

2-1

UNC

Duke

0-3

UVA

Virginia

0-3

Duke

Option 1:

-       Syracuse beats UNC

-       Notre Dame beats UNC

Result:

Seed

Team

Record

#1

Notre Dame

4-0

#2

Syracuse

3-1

#3

North Carolina

2-2

In my opinion, this is the most realistic result, but nevertheless...

Option 2:

-       Syracuse loses to UNC

-       Notre Dame loses to UNC

Result:

Seed

Team

Record

#1

North Carolina

4-0

#2

Notre Dame

3-1

#3

Syracuse

2-2

Option 3:

-       Syracuse beats UNC

-       Notre Dame loses to UNC

Result:

Seed

Team

Record

#1

North Carolina

3-1

#2

Notre Dame

3-1

#3

Syracuse

3-1

Hope you didn't think this was going to be easy. In option three, obviously there are three teams with 3-1 records. Awesome guys. The head-to-head tiebreaker is of no use to us because: UNC has a win over Notre Dame; Notre Dame has a win over Syracuse; Syracuse has a win over UNC. At this point you may be wondering what's next? The second tiebreaker in this case would be fewest goals allowed in the two games against the other two teams involved in the tie.

And of course there is the Virginia Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils. Whichever team wins this Sunday's matchup picks up the #4 seed in the ACCT. Remember, the fifth seed will play Penn in a "showcase" game. Of course, Penn has really fallen off the map, so a win against the Penn Quakers can't really help a team, but a loss would certainly hurt.

Ok, now that we've gone over the ACC situation, I want to just throw out two potential, albeit unlikely, scenarios that I stumbled over while nerding it up on Saturday. The first is a really interesting scenario that you might be rooting for if you want the Ivy League to simply explode...complete devastation (sort of). First I will be kind enough to give you the current Ivy League standings:

Team

Rec.

Games Remaining

#1 Cornell

3-1

Brown, Princeton

#T2 Brown

2-1

Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth

#T2 Princeton

2-1

Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth

#4 Yale

2-2

Harvard, Brown

#T5 Harvard

1-2

Penn, Yale, Princeton

#T5 Dartmouth

1-2

Penn, Princeton, Brown

#7 Penn

1-3

Harvard, Dartmouth

Now, this is what could happen:

#1 Cornell 5-1 (conference record)

  • What needs to happen: beats Brown/Princeton

#2 Harvard 3-3

  • What needs to happen: loses to Penn, beats Yale/Princeton
  • Record in the 3-3 tiebreaker matchup: L - Penn, Brown; W - Yale, Princeton

#3 Princeton 3-3

  • What needs to happen: loses to Harvard/Cornell, beats Dartmouth
  • Record in the 3-3 tiebreaker matchup: L - Harvard, Brown; W - Yale, Penn

#4 Yale 3-3

  • What needs to happen: loses to Harvard, beats Brown
  • Record in the 3-3 tiebreaker matchup: L - Harvard, Princeton; W - Brown, Penn

#5 Brown 3-3

  • What needs to happen: loses to Yale/Cornell, beats Dartmouth
  • Record in the 3-3 tiebreaker matchup: L - Yale, Penn; W - Harvard, Princeton

#6 Penn 3-3

  • What needs to happen: beats Harvard/Dartmouth
  • Record in the 3-3 tiebreaker matchup: L - Yale, Princeton; W - Harvard, Brown

#7 Dartmouth 1-5

  • What needs to happen: loses to Penn/Princeton/Brown

Ahhhh yes, what a disaster this would be, but it would sure be fun to watch happen right? A five way tie for the second seed. Just for fun, here's how it would breakdown:

First seed: Obviously Cornell would take the #1 seed with a 5-1 conference record.

Second seed:  Because each 3-3 team has two wins and two losses against the other four, the next criteria would be wins versus the top seed: Cornell. That would mean Harvard would take the #2 seed because it would be the only team to have beaten Cornell. When Cornell lost to the Harvard Crimson I thought it was a bad loss, but in actuality that loss (in this situation) would keep a ranked team out of the Tournament (Brown). Who'd of thought the Big Red were actually five moves ahead of everyone else? Genius. I guess.

Third seed: With Harvard out of the mix, the battle for the third seed would be between Princeton and Yale, because both have two wins against the remaining 3-3 teams. Princeton has the head-to-head win over Yale, so the Tigers would end up in the #3 slot.

Fourth seed: The last seed comes down to Yale, Penn, or Brown. In that three-way tie, Yale would gain the #4 seed because it is 2-0 against Brown and Penn.

Boom. And that is how the #12/12 Brown Bears don't make the Ivy League Tournament.

Oh, you want more? In this scenario, this week's #7/9 and #18/14 teams don't make their own conference tournament:

#1 Cornell 5-1

  • What needs to happen: beats Brown/Princeton

#2 Brown 4-2

  • What needs to happen: beats Dartmouth/Yale, loses to Cornell

#3 Penn 3-3

  • What needs to happen: beats Harvard/Dartmouth
  • Record in the 3-3 tiebreaker matchup: W - Harvard

#4 Harvard 3-3

  • What needs to happen: loses to Penn, beats Yale/Princeton
  • Record in the 3-3 tiebreaker matchup: L - Penn

#5 Yale 2-4

  • What needs to happen: loses to Harvard, Brown (L - Harvard, Princeton; W - Brown, Penn)
  • Record in the 2-4 tiebreaker matchup: L - Princeton; W - Dartmouth

#6 Dartmouth 2-4

  • What needs to happen: loses to Penn/Brown, beats Princeton
  • Record in the 2-4 tiebreaker matchup: L- Yale; W - Princeton

#7 Princeton 2-4

  • What needs to happen: loses to Harvard/Cornell/Dartmouth
  • Record in the 2-4 tiebreaker matchup: L - Dartmouth; W - Yale

In this scenario the Ivy League would have two, currently nationally ranked teams miss the conference tournament. While these two scenarios are not that likely, it would be interesting to see either.