The Washington Times - May 23, 2009, 10:27PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There’s a definite upstate New York flavor here on championship weekend.

Le Moyne (of Syracuse) will play for the Division II title tomorrow against C.W. Post.


Cortland State will meet Gettysburg for the Division III championship.

And then there’s Monday’s main event, Syracuse and Cornell for the national title.

Understandably, there’s plenty of history between the two programs. Only one school has dealt Syracuse more losses all-time than Cornell (that’s Army). The Big Red has even won four games over the last 10 seasons against the Orange.

Here’s the rundown of the last game of the year, which is now a little more than 36 hours away:


Series: Syracuse leads 59-33-1
Last meeting: Syracuse won 15-10 on April 7 at the Carrier Dome
NCAA series: Syracuse leads 2-0 (1987 semifinals, 1988 final)

Except for a hiatus during World War II (1943-45) and a two-year gap in the late 1970s (1978-79), these upstate rivals have met at least once every season since 1920.

This is the first time, however, they’ve even been in the same final four since 1988.

At the very least, the rare postseason meeting ensures the horde of fans who came from five hours or so away will stick around for Monday. That can’t hurt attendance, which fell by almost 25 percent for the semifinals.

– Patrick Stevens