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ELIS MAKE FIRST TRIP TO BETHLEHEM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale men’s lacrosse team, which is ranked 16th in this week’s insideLacrosse.com coaches poll, is off to a 3-0 start. The next challenge for the Bulldogs is a date with one of the Patriot League’s best this Saturday.  Yale makes its first trip to Bethlehem, Pa., for a 1 p.m. game at Lehigh (2-3) that can be seen live on lehighsports.com.

 

SERIES

Yale and Lehigh have met six times. The Mountain Hawks trounced the Blue in the first, in 1918, but Yale has taken the last five. The most recent game was in 2003 at Reese Stadium, a 15-9 decision. Four of the meetings have been at New Haven, the other two at neutral sites during spring break.

LAST MEETING

Mike Scaglione and Seth Goldberg each had three goals and David Wright made 10 saves as Yale beat Lehigh 15-9 in April of 2003 at New Haven. Yale led 6-5 at the half before putting the game away over the last two quarters by outscoring the Mountain Hawks 9-4. The Bulldogs won the battle for ground balls, 58-41, and outshot the visitors 49-34 on the way to their sixth victory in a game played in muddy conditions with heavy rain.


YALE COMING OFF WIN OVER PRESBYTERIAN

Senior Matt Fuchs had three goals and an assist and junior Brian Douglass had three goals as Yale beat Presbyterian College 14-6 at the Collegiate School in Richmond, Va., on Sunday. The neutral site meeting came two days after the Elis upset No. 12 UMass 13-12. The Blue led 5-0 after the first quarter and 8-2 at the big intermission. Sophomore Matt Miller and freshman Deron Dempster each had two goals for the Bulldogs, who also had tallies from senior Brendan Gibson (3 points), sophomore Colin Still and sophomore Gregory Mahony. Second-year attackman Matt Gibson handed out three assists. Senior Max Rodman, who won 12 of 16 one-on-one battles, dominated on face-offs for the third straight game.

 

GIBSON EARNS IVY HONOR

Yale sophomore Matt Gibson was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week after a 10-point weekend in a pair of victories. Gibson, who shared the honor with Cornell senior Ryan Hurley, led the Elis to a 13-12 win over No. 12 UMass last Friday with five goals and two assists. He notched the winner with 34 seconds left. His five goals and seven points were both career-highs. Two days later in Virginia, Gibson handed out three assists as Yale beat Presbyterian College.

 

MOUNTAIN HAWKS

Lehigh beat Saint Joseph’s 7-6 at Franklin Field to open the season before falling at No. 4 North Carolina. The Hawks lost to a ranked Navy team at home before beating Air Force at the Pioneer Classic on March 6. The next day, they felt to host Denver, 8-7.  

IVY POWER

Four Ivy League teams are among the 20 in the latest USILA national rankings: Princeton is No. 6, Cornell  8th, Harvard 13th and Yale 17th. The Ivy League, which will have its first-ever post-season tournament in May, and the ACC have the most (4) teams in the national rankings. The Big East and Colonial are next with three each.

BULLDOG MENTOR

Yale head coach Andy Shay is in his seventh season and brings a 37-45 overall record into Saturday’s contest, his first meeting with Lehigh as a head coach. Shay, a two-time captain at LeMoyne College, was part of two UMass NCAA Quarterfinals teams as an assistant coach before coming to Yale.


REESE RENOVATIONS

The renovation of Reese Stadium, scheduled for completion this summer, will provide a state-of –the-art facility for both Yale lacrosse and soccer teams. The renovations include increased stadium seating, an entry plaza, team rooms and a press box. Recent improvements included a FieldTurf surface and improved lighting. Reese Stadium, formerly known as the Yale Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium, is named after former lacrosse players Jason Reese '87 and Jon Reese '90.

BULLDOG BITES

Sophomore Robby Berner (0-2 on face-offs) and newcomer Cole Yeager (3-6) got their first action of the season against Presbyterian… Yale is ranked No. 20 in the insideLacrosse.com media poll and 17th in the latest USILA rankings… Four Yale opponents are among the USILA Division I ranked teams… Yale’s only other (UMass) home night games this season is April 24 vs. Bryant… Yale’s only night road game is April 13 at Providence.

OH CANADA

The first two Bulldogs recruited from Canada exclusively for lacrosse are newcomers Kirby Zdrill and Deron Dempster.

ROSTER SPREAD

The Yale roster includes players from 17 states and two provinces. The most are from New York (9), New Jersey (5) and Pennsylvania (4). None of the 11 members of the class of 2013 hail from the same state or province.

NEILA

The Elis went from fifth to first in the latest NEILA poll. Harvard, UMass, Brown, Dartmouth, Bryant, Fairfield and Quinnipiac follow the Bulldogs.

 

Preview filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

Brendan Gibson image by Sam Rubin '95

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