There is a common expression during the NBA playoffs that a series doesn’t start until the home team loses.
In a related story, the Carnegie Cup hasn’t started since 2006.
A quarter of the Top 12 teams in the nation will meet on the Housatonic River in New Haven this Saturday to compete for the Carnegie Cup. Sixth-ranked Princeton and 12th-ranked Cornell will be looking to stop a six-year trend of home dominance in this rivalry.
Seventh-ranked Yale has other plans. After all, this is a trend that the Bulldogs started.
In 2006, en route to the Eastern Sprints/Ivy League title, Princeton went to the Cayuga Inlet and retained the Carnegie Cup. The next season, Yale won it on the Housatonic. Ever since, including Princeton wins in both 2008 and 2011, the Carnegie Cup has only traveled to the race, not away from it.
Princeton leads the all-time series with 36 victories, while Cornell has 34 and Yale has 20. Each of the three tradition-rich programs has big aspirations for both this weekend and beyond, especially with Eastern Sprints looming in three weeks.
“These Ivy League races are intense because all boats in the league are fast,” freshman Patrick Konttinen said. “Boats don’t simply give up in a dual race when they are behind. Next weekend is important just like any dual race this season has been. Yale and Cornell are tough opponents. A win would provide good momentum leading into the following weekend against Brown.”
Racing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am with the first varsity competition, and it will continue every 20 minutes (2V, 3V, 4V). Both the second and fourth varsity boats will be looking to build off big wins last weekend over Harvard, while the varsity eight will be trying to regain momentum before its home finale on May 4 against reigning league champion Brown, the nation’s fifth-ranked team.
“Every one in the boat is hungry for more speed and we are striving for progress everyday as we get closer to Sprints,” Konttinen said.