2010-11 Yale Men's Football News

May 21, 2011
Yale Honors Five Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Reception
Five seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women's fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Alfonso Costa (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of the men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams and Annie Killian (Nashville, Tenn.) of the women’s swimming & diving team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Lidia Gocheva (Sofia, Bulgaria) of the women’s fencing team and Alex Gornitzky (Toms River, N.J.) of the men’s swimming and diving team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Killian and Shane Bannon (Southbury, Conn.) of the football team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.

April 21, 2011
Huge Turnout Again; Mandi Schwartz Drive Adds Nearly 900 to Be The Match Registry
The woman that inspired the drives was gone, but her spirit clearly remained as Yale Athletics hosted its annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive Thursday at Commons. Mandi, the women’s ice hockey center whose battle with cancer helped draw record-setting numbers of people to Yale’s first two drives, had passed away just 18 days before Thursday’s drive. With her tragic story still fresh in everyone’s minds, the Bulldogs banded together and added nearly 900 people to the Be The Match Registry in Mandi’s honor. It was the second biggest drive of its kind, trailing only Yale’s drive from a year ago.

March 30, 2011
Yale Names Marrow Donor Registry Drive in Honor of Mandi Schwartz
In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registry drives, the Yale athletic department has named its annual drive in honor of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Food will be served.

March 30, 2011
Yale Student-Athletes Start Eli’s Friends
This spring semester saw the start of Eli’s Friends, a student-athlete run program that supports young patients at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The program was founded by Alfonso Costa (Men's Basketball and Lacrosse) and Michael Pratt (Men's Lacrosse) and currently consists of 14 student-athletes who have gone through an extensive training to become volunteers with this organization. The students, listed below, go to the hospital in various groups every Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

January 24, 2011
Higdon To Be Honored by IFA
Henry Higdon ’63, a former Yale football player, will be honored Thursday night at the 2011 Ivy Football Association Banquet at Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria. The IFA selected Higdon as Yale’s distinguished alumnus for the sixth annual event, which begins at 6 p.m.

January 4, 2011
Reising, Witt Earn FCS Academic Awards
Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.) and Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), two starters from the 2010 Yale Football Team, were among the 52 selected for the 13th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. The squad was announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) today.

December 7, 2010
10 Bulldogs Earn Fall Academic All-Ivy Honors
Ten Yale student-athletes have earned Fall Academic All-Ivy honors. Football players Patrick Witt and Jesse Reising, Jeff Perrella from the cross country team, soccer player Eric Meyer and lightweight rower William Zeng were honored on the men’s side. The women selected were soccer players Kate Macauley and Miyuki Hino, field hockey player Dinah Landshut, volleyball player Taylor Cramm and rower Stephanie Madner.

November 30, 2010
3 Bulldogs Earn All-NE Honors
Three Yale defensive players who earned first-team All-Ivy honors this fall have been named to the 2010 FCS All-New England team as selected by the New England Football Writers. Seniors SS Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) and DE Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.) and junior LB Jordan Haynes all made the All-New England squad.

November 23, 2010
Reising Slated For Hospital Release Today
Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), the Yale senior linebacker who was taken off the field with an injury at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, is scheduled to be released from a Boston hospital today.

November 23, 2010
10 Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors
Ten members of the Yale football team were selected to the 2010 All-Ivy League squad announced today by the Ivy Group. The 10 Bulldogs cover 11 spots, including three on the first team, five second-team picks and three honorable mentions. Three of the players made the all-league team for a second time.

November 21, 2010
Senior Salute & More at 2010 Team Banquet
The 2010 Yale football team gathered for the last time less than 24 hours after Saturday’s season finale in Boston to celebrate the 27 members of the senior class as part of the official team banquet in the Yale Commons. The Bulldogs also announced the team award winners and introduced 2011 captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.).

November 21, 2010
Haynes Named 2011 Captain
Captaining a football team is nothing new for Jordan Haynes ’12 (Folsom, Calif.), who was introduced as the leader of the 2011 Yale squad at this morning’s team banquet. Haynes, who led the Elis with 102 tackles this fall, captained his high school team for two seasons.

November 20, 2010
Plenty at Stake For THE GAME
There is hope for a piece of an Ivy League title if the Bulldogs end the 2010 season at Harvard Stadium with a fourth straight win (The Elis do need good news “from high above Cuyuga’s waters” to make that a reality). A rivalry called The Game began 135 years ago and celebrates its 127th edition with a noon kickoff Saturday. Yale-Harvard is the Ivy League Game of the Week on Versus and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 130). The Game can also be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

November 20, 2010
Harvard Prevails in The Game, 28-21
In a season full of comebacks and thrilling last-minute wins, the Yale football team came up just short in its bid for another one Saturday afternoon at Harvard in the 127th edition of The Game. After the Crimson used a kickoff return for a touchdown and a pair of short touchdown drives in the second half to go up 28-14, the Bulldogs closed the gap with junior tailback Alex Thomas’ third touchdown run of the day. But Yale’s final drive ended up nine yards short of a first down with 42 seconds to play, enabling Harvard to run out the clock on a 28-21 win in front of a sellout crowd of 31,398.

November 19, 2010
Harvard Edges Yale 28-21 in The JV Game
A pair of third-quarter touchdown runs provided the difference Friday afternoon at Harvard Stadium in The JV Game, as Harvard edged Yale 28-21. The Crimson overcame a pair of interceptions and lost fumbles, including one interception and one fumble recovery by sophomore defensive back Russell Perkins.

November 15, 2010
Calvin Hill Presented With Doak Walker Legends Award
One of Yale’s all-time football greats was on hand on Saturday at Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field to see the Bulldogs knock off Princeton and receive special recognition. Calvin Hill ’69, who starred for Yale in the late 1960s, was presented with the Doak Walker Legends Award.

November 15, 2010
Carm Cozza Complex Dedicated
The Carm Cozza Complex was dedicated on Nov. 13 as part of the Yale-Princeton Football weekend. Named for Yale’s Hall of Fame football coach, the complex spans the entire second floor of the Smilow Field Center and brings the entire Yale football team together.

November 13, 2010
Princeton Coming To Bowl With Title At Stake
Fifty years ago the Yale football team used a 43-22 win over Princeton to propel it to a perfect season and an Ivy League title. The 2010 Bulldogs hope for a similar fate as the Tigers come to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field on Saturday. The Elis, tied with Harvard for second place and a game behind Penn, look for an important win on the day the last perfect Yale team celebrates its golden anniversary. The noon kickoff, the last home game for 24 Yale seniors, can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com and heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

November 13, 2010
Bulldogs Stay in Title Hunt with 14-13 Win Over Princeton
Only two teams remain in contention for the Ivy League title after Saturday’s games, and the Yale Bulldogs are one of them thanks to a 14-13 win over Princeton at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. Yale got a 57-yard fumble return for a touchdown by junior free safety Geoff Dunham and a 16-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Patrick Witt to senior tight end Chris Blohm to back a defense that shut down Princeton’s offense for the final 32 minutes, allowing the Tigers only 64 yards on their final eight possessions as they tried to mount a comeback.

November 8, 2010
Smith Earns National, League Honor
It’s no surprise that Chris Smith, who had 223 all-purpose yards at Brown, earned two different honors for his big day in Yale’s 27-24 Ivy League win last Saturday.

November 7, 2010
JVs Beat Army 35-28
Freshman wide receiver Cameron Sandquist had three touchdown catches, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, as the Yale junior varsity football team beat Army 35-28 Sunday afternoon at Frank Field.

November 6, 2010
Elis Have Crucial Game at Brown
Two teams with 3-1 league records looking up at first place with hope meet this week at Providence this Saturday to determine who stays in the hunt for an Ancient Eight Title. Yale and Brown kickoff at 12:30 at Brown Stadium. The game can be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com and seen through brownbears.com on b2tv.com.

November 6, 2010
Smith’s Two Return TDs Fuel 27-24 Win at Brown
Yale’s special teams unit came up with its best game of the year just when the Bulldogs needed it most. Highlighted by two kickoff returns for touchdowns by sophomore wide receiver Chris Smith, the Bulldogs edged Brown 27-24 at Brown Stadium Saturday afternoon to remain in the hunt for the Ivy League title.

November 5, 2010
Koury, Reising Earn Academic Honor
Two seniors on the Yale football team, Jake Koury (Dublin, Ohio) and Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), have earned first-team 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

October 31, 2010
Bridgton Tops Yale JVs 21-6
Bridgton Academy broke open a 7-6 game with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, handing Yale’s junior varsity football team a 21-6 loss Sunday afternoon at Frank Field. Freshman defensive back Max Napolitano had a pair of interceptions, and freshman quarterback John Whitelaw and freshman H-back Beau Palin combined for Yale’s lone touchdown.

October 30, 2010
Bulldogs Look To Stay in Hunt
Two losses, in all likelihood, will knock a team out of the race for the 2010 Ivy League title. That’s why Saturday’s game at Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field is crucial for the Yale football team (4-2, 2-1 Ivy). The Bulldogs take on Columbia (3-3, 1-2) at noon on the YES Network (DirecTV 631). The game can also be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

October 30, 2010
Yale Holds Off Columbia, 31-28
In the end, Yale’s first half was better than Columbia’s second half -- and as a result, the Bulldogs kept themselves in the hunt for the Ivy League title with a 31-28 win over the Lions Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. Yale built up a 31-7 lead in the first 30 minutes thanks to three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Patrick Witt, including the first two career TDs for freshman wide receiver Cameron Sandquist. The Yale defense forced three fumbles and picked off two passes, along with coming up with a stand on Columbia’s final drive of the day, to deny the hard-charging Lions after they scored 21 unanswered points in the second half.

October 25, 2010
Bus Trip to the Yale-Harvard Game

October 23, 2010
2-0 Ivy Showdown at the Bowl
Welcome to the beginning of the Ancient Eight stretch run. The two Ivy teams that are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play square off Saturday at Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field. Yale, coming off a win at home over Fordham, and No. 20 Penn, which beat Columbia on Saturday, kick at noon in the second straight week of Yale on YES. In addition to the TV broadcast on the YES Network (DirecTV 631), you can hear the game on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

October 23, 2010
Late Comeback Falls Short Against Penn, 27-20
Defending league champion Penn prevailed in a battle of Ivy League unbeatens Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field, withstanding a late Yale comeback for a 27-20 win. The Bulldogs got 331 passing yards from junior quarterback Patrick Witt, including a pair of touchdowns, but the Quakers had one score set up by an interception and also got a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown.

October 16, 2010
Fordham Comes To Bowl Saturday
The last non-league game of the 2010 Yale football season – and the first of three straight Yale on YES games - is Saturday at noon when Fordham comes to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field. The contest can be seen on the YES Network, while audio is available on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

October 16, 2010
Banged-Up Bulldogs Pull Out Another One, 7-6 Over Fordham
Some of the names may have changed, but the end result was the same for the Yale football team Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field: another game that came down to the wire, and another win. Yale’s offense, which entered the day 11th in the country in total offense, had to make do without its starting quarterback, top two tailbacks, and two starters on the offensive line. The Bulldogs got all the scoring they needed on a 29-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Brook Hart to senior wide receiver Jordan Forney in the fourth quarter, and sophomore defensive lineman Chris Dooley’s field goal block in the fourth quarter helped seal the victory.

October 13, 2010
Panico Earns Gold Helmet
Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.), who kicked the game-winning field goal on Oct. 9 at Dartmouth, has been named the winner of the Oct. 13 Gold Helmet Award presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

October 12, 2010
Cozza Statue To Be Unveiled
Former Yale Football Head Coach Carm Cozza, the winningest coach in Ivy League history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, will be honored at Miami University on Oct. 22 and 23 for being one of the “Cradle of Coaches.”

October 9, 2010
Back in Ivy Play
Yale (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) and Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1), both coming off close losses last week, renew their ancient gridiron rivalry at modernized Memorial Field (13,000) this Saturday at 1:30 pm. The Bulldogs hope to stay perfect in league play while the Big Green try avoid opening 2010 Ivy play with consecutive defeats. The contest can be seen live on dartmouthsports.com, while audio is available on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com, wybc.com and on Sirius Satellite (130).

October 9, 2010
Panico’s Field Goal on Final Play Beats Dartmouth, 23-20
Sophomore placekicker Philippe Panico made the first field goal of his career a memorable one, drilling a 19-yarder as time expired to give Yale a 23-20 win at Dartmouth Saturday afternoon. The drive for the game-winner was set up by senior cornerback Chris Stanley stripping the ball away from a Big Green running back and setting up the Yale offense at the Dartmouth 47 with 1:06 to play. It ended a back-and-forth game that saw four lead changes and 780 yards of total offense.

October 5, 2010
Reising Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy
Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), a senior linebacker on the Yale football team, has been named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, a scholar-athlete award handed out December 7 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

October 3, 2010
Junior Varsity Falls to Milford Academy, 39-20
Milford Academy broke open a 21-20 game by scoring the final 18 points for a 39-20 win over Yale’s junior varsity football team Sunday afternoon at Frank Field.

October 2, 2010
Yale-Albany Saturday at Noon
It’s a dog-eat-dog world and either a Bulldog or a Great Dane will come out on top Saturday at Yale Bowl on the Class of ’54 Field. Yale meets the University at Albany for the first time ever on the gridiron. The initial meeting, which occurs on Youth Day with a noon kickoff, can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com, while audio is available on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

October 2, 2010
Albany Hands Yale First Loss of Season, 23-20
Albany handed Yale its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon, surviving a late threat from the Bulldogs for a 23-20 win. On a day where special teams play was pivotal, a blocked punt return for a touchdown by the Great Danes in the first quarter, combined with another Albany TD in the second quarter that was set up by downing a punt at the Yale one-yard line, put the Elis in an hole that proved to be too big. The Yale defense held Albany to 108 yards in the second half, but 80 of those came on a touchdown drive that helped put the game away.

September 25, 2010
Ivy Campaign Opens Saturday at Cornell
The Yale football team, which kicked off the new season with a 40-35 win over Georgetown last Saturday at home, begins Ivy League play with a 12:30 game this Saturday at Cornell. The Big Red, looking for their first win under new head coach Kent Austin in his home debut, opened up 2010 with a loss at Wagner. Saturday’s game at Ithaca airs as a live video stream (pay per view) on cornellbigred.com. Audio is available on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

September 25, 2010
Yale Pulls Away from Cornell in Second Half for 21-7 Win
The Yale football team was looking for a spark coming out of halftime with the score tied 7-7 at Cornell Saturday afternoon, and it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to get one. Senior cornerback Adam Money’s interception and 20-yard return on the first play of the third quarter set up the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run by junior tailback Alex Thomas. Junior quarterback Patrick Witt added a one-yard TD later in the quarter, and that was enough for a 21-7 win in the Ivy League opener. The Yale defense finished with four sacks and held Cornell to 22 rushing yards on 22 carries.

September 23, 2010
Youth Day 2010 Coming Oct. 2
The annual tradition of New Haven school children forming the “Y” on the storied Class of 1954 Field is a thrill of a lifetime for many and will happen next week. The Yale Athletics Department hosts its annual Fall Youth Day on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Yale Bowl in conjunction with the football team’s noon home game with Albany.

September 20, 2010
Witt Earns Ivy Player of Week
Yale QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) was named Ivy League co-Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Bulldogs beat Georgetown last Saturday at Yale Bowl. He shared the league’s first offensive honor with Dartmouth RB Nick Schwieger.

September 18, 2010
Bulldogs Open Saturday at Noon
The 138th season of Yale Football kicks off Saturday, Sept. 18, at noon, when the Hoyas of Georgetown (2-0, 1-0) come to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field. The game airs as a live video stream (pay per view) on yalebulldogs.com and can also be heard live on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.

September 18, 2010
Witt TD as Time Expires Caps 40-35 Win Over Georgetown
Junior Patrick Witt surged over the goal line on a quarterback sneak as time expired to cap a 40-35 come-from-behind win over Georgetown for Yale Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. Witt’s one-yard dive topped off a day that belonged to the offenses, as the two teams combined for 986 total yards. Witt threw for 407 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. Junior tailback Alex Thomas, who caught one of those TDs, added two rushing scores as part of his 161-yard day (90 rushing, 71 receiving).

September 17, 2010
Saturday Marks Debut of Live Football Video Streaming for 2010
The 2010 season marks the first time that live video of all Yale football home games will be streamed on yalebulldogs.com. The season starts Saturday with Georgetown at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. Broadcasts feature the commentary of Ron Vaccaro ’04 and Carm Cozza from News/Talk 960 WELI-AM.

September 14, 2010
Video Interviews at Mory's: Shane Bannon, Jordan Haynes, Will McHale, Adam Money, Patrick Witt
Ron Vaccaro '04, the voice of Yale football on News/Talk 960 WELI-AM and 960WELI.com, sat down with Shane Bannon, Jordan Haynes, Will McHale, Adam Money and Patrick Witt at Mory's for a series of interviews.

September 4, 2010
Bulldogs Impress in Preseason Scrimmage vs. Union
Practice is practice and hitting the same color jerseys is not always the best way to evaluate what you have. The Yale Football team finally got to see another color in its pre-season scrimmage against Union at the Yale Bowl and its Class of 1954 Field, and the coaches (not to mention the fans) have plenty of good things to talk about after the Bulldogs outscored the Dutchmen 50-0.

September 2, 2010
Yale Mourns Passing of Jim MacLaren '85
Yale Athletics sadly announced the passing of Jim MacLaren ’85, a standout lacrosse and football athlete who went on to receive a masters in theatre studies from the Yale School of Drama. He died earlier this week after a long illness.

September 2, 2010
Yale Athletics Announces Video Streaming Plans for Basketball, Football, Hockey and Volleyball
The Yale Athletics Department has partnered with Stretch Internet for the second straight season to provide live video streams of home events. The Bulldogs’ streaming schedule starts this Friday with the volleyball team taking on Stony Brook. This year will also mark the first time that all home football games, featuring the commentary of Ron Vaccaro ’04 and Carm Cozza from News/Talk 960 WELI-AM, will be streamed. In addition to football and volleyball, home games for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and women’s ice hockey will also be available. Additional sports will be added soon.

September 2, 2010
Bulldogs Host Union Saturday at Noon
Practice started two weeks ago and the Yale Football Team is ready to hit something other than Blue and White. The 2010 Bulldogs get that opportunity Saturday at noon when Union College comes to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field for a scrimmage (free admission).

September 1, 2010
Catch the Bulldogs on News/Talk 960 WELI – AM
For the 13th consecutive season, all 10 Yale Football games can be heard live on New Haven’s News/Talk 960 WELI-AM and free online at 960WELI.com, Yale Athletics and WELI announced today. Ron Vaccaro ’04 (play-by-play) and Carm Cozza (color) will have the call for their sixth season together.

August 25, 2010
Bulldogs at Pilot Pen
When was the last time you heard of a college football team being honored at a tennis match before going on the court to show its support for one of the players? It is likely unprecedented.

August 23, 2010
For God, for Country and for Yale Football with Ron Vaccaro ‘04
Ron Vaccaro '04 spoke with Tom Williams, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, after practice Monday afternoon.

August 16, 2010
Practice Begins Aug. 20
There are anxious Bulldogs in New Haven hoping to grab a title, but it’s not about the Westminster Kennel Club Show coming to the Elm City. The 2010 Bulldogs of Yale Football hit the field for practice the first time this summer on Aug. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

August 13, 2010
Cozza Honored at Team Fundraiser
There has always been plenty of support for the Yale Football program during its fundraising golf event at the famous Course at Yale each summer. That support grew to record levels on Aug. 9 with a sold-out golf tournament and an overflow crowd in the big tent stationed off the third fairway. They all came to talk about the Bulldogs and celebrate the 80th birthday of Yale coaching legend Carm Cozza, the tournament honoree.

August 10, 2010
Bulldogs Picked 4th in Pre-Season Poll
The 2010 Yale football team has been picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Ivy League. That was the vote (4th) by the Ancient Eight media in the pre-season poll announced today.

August 4, 2010
Williams Taking Part in Aug. 11 Chalk Talk
Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football, will take part in the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Sports Council’s second annual ‘Chalk Talk – College Football in New Haven’ event at 5:30 p.m. on August 11.

July 27, 2010
First Tom Williams Youth Camp A Hit
More than 90 young players between second and eighth grades participated in the first Tom Williams Youth Football Camp at Yale that concluded on July 17 in Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field.

June 30, 2010
Yale Student-Athletes Making an Impact with Underprivileged Youth through ELI Africa
Former Yale football defensive lineman Vedant Seeam has taken his game to a larger playing field since he last donned a uniform more than two years ago. Seeam, a native of Mauritius, Africa, is the Founder and President of the international non-profit ELI (Experiential Learning Initiative) Africa, which aims to empower underprivileged youth in Africa and to promote sustainable development through educational initiatives.

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