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With every Ivy League team’s schedule announced, which games should you circle on your calendar?

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The Ivy League has become the first conference to have every team announce their schedule (still waiting on someone from the ACC though).

With that, let’s list some of the best regular season games involving Ivy League teams in 2017.

We’ll start with listing some nonconference games to watch.

FEBRUARY

Cornell @ Penn State (February 18)

Virginia @ Penn (February 25)

Hofstra @ Princeton (February 25)

Yale @ Maryland (February 25)

MARCH

Brown @ Rutgers (March 4)

Penn @ Penn State (March 4)

Albany @ Cornell (March 4)

Johns Hopkins @ Princeton (March 4)

Villanova @ Brown (March 7)

Navy @ Penn (March 7)

Penn State @ Harvard (March 11)

Cornell vs. Virginia (in California) (March 11)

Harvard @ Boston University (March 21)

Albany @ Harvard (March 29)

APRIL

Princeton @ Stony Brook (April 8)

Cornell @ Syracuse (April 11)

Princeton @ Lehigh (April 11)

Yale @ Albany (April 22)

Penn vs. ACC 5th place team (at Duke University) (April 29)

TOP GAME: The Yale-Maryland games have always been close for the past few seasons. It’s always a great preview of both teams, who have made the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. The Bulldogs have won the last two regular season matchups, but Maryland got the upper-hand in the 2015 NCAA First Round.

TOP MATCHUP: Whenever #1 vs. #2 play each other, it’s a must-watch. The same goes for Jeff Teat against Dox Aitken, two of the top incoming freshmen in the nation and the top two rookies according to Inside Lacrosse. Cornell-Virginia in California will be an exciting showdown, and fans on the west coast will be in for a treat.

UNDER-THE-RADAR GAME: I really like this Navy-Penn showdown. It’s the first time the two team will meet in the regular season since 1999 and the first time they’ve met since the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Navy had a really nice season last year, as they lost to Brown in the NCAA Quarterfinals by a goal. Meanwhile, Penn finished third in the Ivy League and is returning a majority of their team.

From the nonconference games to the conference games, here’s my Top 5.

  1. Brown @ Yale (April 16) - All of us wanted to see these two teams play one more game last year. But with Brown losing early in the Ivy League Tournament and Yale losing in the NCAA First Round, it never happened. It should still be a game against the two top teams in the conference come mid-April.
  2. Yale @ Penn (April 1) - Both meetings were close last season, including one game that went to overtime. Yale lost some defensive help, while the majority of Penn’s nucleus is back.
  3. Penn @ Harvard (April 15) - These two teams were the third and fourth seeds respectively in the Ivy League Tournament. Penn won the meeting last year at Franklin Field by a goal.
  4. Harvard @ Brown (March 18) - The two teams split their meetings last year, with Harvard upsetting the Bears in the Ivy League semifinals. Both teams lost notable players entering this season.
  5. Princeton @ Cornell (April 29) - This could be a win-and-in game for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament is maybe Harvard or Penn have a down season. Princeton had a down year, but there was progress when Matt Madalon took over as interim head coach. Cornell could have a bounce-back year as well with Teat and the return of goaltender Christian Knight from injury.