Princeton Invitational Games to be Available Online; Tigers to Face Brown & Harvard
PRINCETON, N.J. -- It may be brisk in the Northeast, but it will be steaming in Princeton University's DeNunzio Pool on February 21-22 as the CWPA Southern Division Tigers host and stream live the 2009 Princeton Invitational with CWPA Northern Division foes No. 20 Brown University and Harvard University, and Marist College and Wagner College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in a series of hotly contested games.
How big are this weekend's games for the Tigers? Monumental, considering the potential end of season impact wins by the Tigers over Brown and Harvard could have if either the Tigers, Bears or Crimson need an at-large bid to get into the Eastern Championship.
If Princeton is unable to battle past Bucknell University, the University of Maryland and George Washington to earn one of the two automatic bids the Southern Division receives to the eight team Eastern Championship, wins or losses to Brown and/or Harvard could factor in the team's ability to receive an at-large bid to the tournament field.
As there is no consistent head-to-head match-ups among the teams that will finish third or lower in the Northern, Southern and Western Divisions, a committee of coaches examines all the games played by the teams to award the two at-large bids that are available. If Princeton needs to receive one of those bids, a loss to Harvard and/or Brown may doom a potential postseason berth.
The same is true of Brown and Harvard as wins/losses against Princeton could make or break a postseason tournament bid if the Bears or Crimson can not make it past Hartwick College, Utica College and Connecticut College to the Northern Division title game and the division's two automatic bids to the Eastern Championship.
Fans wanting to watch the games should log onto the Princeton Live Events page and sign up for Tiger Zone service. Tiger Zone coverage is available in three packages for either a month ($7.95), six-month ($39.95) or year ($69.95) subscription fee.