Bulldogs Open with 14-7 Win

Douglass, Gibson Brothers Lead Blue Over Holy Cross

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Matt Gibson had four goals and two assists and Brian Douglass had three tallies and one assist as the Yale men's lacrosse team opened its 2010 season with a 14-7 win at Reese Stadium.

Yale had the advantage in almost every statistical category, including shots (40-32) and ground balls (35-25. The Bulldogs dominated Holy Cross, which opened a week earlier with a one-goal loss to St. John's, on face-offs by winning 16 of 24.

Jonathan Falcone was another big reason for Yale's success on opening day. The junior goalie made 10 saves overall, including a flurry of stops over the last few minutes that kept the Bulldogs comfortably in front. His final stop bounced out to defenseman Peter Johnson, who quickly fed Matt Gibson before the senior attackman buried a shot with one second left in the game.

"We were great with the time of possession, but we kept fouling and things got a little chipy out there. Our defense played very well and [Jonathan] Falcone came up with a lot of big saves late in the game," said Andy Shay, Yale's seventh-year head coach.

There were 10 penalties (for 9 minutes) called on Shay's gang, and the visitors cashed in three of seven chances with an extra man.

Max Rodman, in his first game as Yale's top face-off man, had six ground balls while having the upper hand on three different Crusaders on draws.

"Max [Rodman] was awesome today. I was very impressed with him and proud of his performance," said Shay.

Brendan Gibson added three goals for the home team, while Matt Miller, Colin Still, Michael McCormack and Kirby Zdrill also found the back of the net for the Blue.

After Edison Parzanese gave the visitors a 3-2 lead with 1:57 left in the first, the Bulldogs reeled off five straight goals from four different players to put a distance between the teams Holy Cross could not recover.

"We practiced ball possession a lot the last couple of weeks, trying to hold the ball for at least 30 seconds every time," said Brendan Gibson. "We out-possessed them a lot today, especially later in the game."

James Kennedy led the Crusaders with two goals and three points while Connor Sweeney made 14 saves in goal.

Holy Cross cut the deficit to 8-5 midway through the third on a Kennedy tally, but the Blue answered with three straight from Douglass and the Gibson brothers.

 "We practiced all week on shooting low and away. The first two or three goals were off the pipe and in," said Brendan Gibson.

Yale's first goal of the day was a leaping shot by Douglass, who had taken a feed from Jerome Arnold, while the hardest working tally may have come off Matt Gibson's shot. Late in the third, the sophomore who has an office behind the goal, had three or four defenders wrapped around him while he underhanded a shot past Sweeney.

The Bulldogs are next in action at home against UMass on March 5 at 7 p.m.

 

 

Recap filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

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