Elis Charge Back For 7-5 Win

Max Rodman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Max Rodman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

No. 16 Yale Slips Past Friars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – You may think the Bulldogs were licking their chops when they peaked around last weekend to see a game against winless Providence College on the schedule for tonight. Those matchups can be tough for the favorites, especially in a non-league road game. The No. 16 Yale men's lacrosse team erased a 5-4 deficit after 45 minutes with the only goals of the fourth quarter in a 7-5 victory.


The Elis (8-2), winners of four straight, did exactly what was expected by jumping out to a 4-1 lead after one quarter with goals from four different players. However, Yale, despite dominating the shots (37-15) and face-offs (11 of 16), went scoreless over the next 30 minutes -- with 13 turnovers -- and fell behind after four straight Providence tallies. Many visitor shots hit PC sticks, shafts and jerseys before the Blue found ways to get the ball past a tightly packed zone defense.


“Providence played a heck of a game, and all the credit should go to them.  They had a great plan on a short week, and stuck with it the whole way.  Our guys hung in there and capitalized on some transition in the 4th.  I'm really proud of the composure we showed being down one late in the game,” said Yale head coach Andy Shay.


The Friars, while freezing the ball and frustrating Yale with a slow pace, did a good job of holding off Yale's top three point producers, Matt Gibson, Brendan Gibson (2 points) and Brian Douglass, to one goal each. Gregory Mahony led the Blue with two tallies, while Colin Still and Jerome Arnold also hit the net.


“When they pack it in as much as they did, you are going to have to make some outside shots," said Shay. "Thankfully Greg [Mahony] is a strong time and room shooter.  He was able to get his his hands free when we needed a big goal.”

The game's first goal didn't come until almost halfway through the first quarter. Brendan Gibson got the Bulldogs started in a period they dominated with seven more shots than PC. Max Rodman, who won five of the first six face-offs, had all that work tonight.

Yale goalie Johnathan Falcone saw a season-low 15 shots, and he needed three saves to earn his eighth win this spring.


Five different Friars hit the net and Christian Dzwilewski stopped 11 shots to allow PC (0-9) to put the scare in the Bulldogs on a night when the teams combined for just three penalties.


Jackson Fallon's goal at 2:15 of the third capped the four-goal rally and gave the home team its one-goal advantage. Mahony (11:09), Matt Gibson (10:59) and Douglass (3:39) got shots past Dzwilewski in the fourth to snare victory from the hungry Friars.


The Elis head back to Providence on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game with Brown.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director