No. 15 Yale vs. No. 9 Princeton Friday at 5
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's lacrosse team, which earned a share of its league title after winning six of the last seven games, faces Princeton on Friday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals of the 2010 Ivy League Tournament at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bulldogs (10-3, 4-2 Ivy), seeded No. 3 in the tourney and ranked 15th in the USILA Division I poll, face the second-seeded Tigers (9-4, 4-2, ranked 9th) in the first game on the Cornell campus. Top seed and seventh ranked Cornell hosts No. 4 Brown (17th) at 8 p.m. Friday. The winners play Sunday at noon at Schoellkopf.
Live coverage of both semifinals is available on IvyLeagueSports.com and LiveSportsVideo.com for $4.95 for a single game or $7.95 for both semifinals. Sunday's title game airs live on ESPNU.
All tickets can be purchased through the Cornell Athletics Ticket Office in advance or on game day.
For the first time in league history, four teams tied for the Ivy crown. Yale, Brown, Cornell and Princeton all finished with a 4-2 mark. The Bulldogs, Bears and Big Red each won one-goal decisions on Saturday to force the tie. All four earn regular-season championship status, but the tie-breaking system was needed for tournament seeding.
Princeton, winners of the last four meetings, owns a 68-20-2 record against Yale. The last Bulldogs' win was 9-8 in 2005 at New Haven. The only Yale-Princeton post-season meeting was a 17-8 Bulldog victory in the 1990 NCAA Quarterfinals at New Haven. Yale, after a win last month, is 18-34 against Brown. The Elis are 23-41-1 against Cornell including a loss to the Big Red at Ithaca this season.
Rookie midfielder Jeff Froccaro hit the net with 37 seconds left to give the Tigers a 7-6 win over the Bulldogs on March 27 at Reese Stadium. Yale, which had two leads erased, had goals from six different players and a pair of Brendan Gibson assists but fell to 0-2 in the Ivy. Max Rodman's 10-for-16 face-off day was not quite good enough to get the Blue a win. The Bulldogs had a 39-34 edge in shots and a 31-26 advantage in ground balls. Yale junior goalie Johnathan Falcone made eight saves but gave up three goals to Jack McBride, who leads the Ivies in shots. Tyler Fiorito, who leads the league with 140 saves, finished with 15 at the other end.
YALE COMES BACK ON CRIMSON
Brian Douglass had three goals, including the tying and winning tally, as Yale erased a 6-3 deficit on the way to a 9-8 win over Harvard before 1,113 at Reese Stadium last Saturday. The Crimson dominated the first half in every category and nearly put the game away early in the third. Instead, the Bulldogs marched back with four of the last five goals before holding on with a last defensive stand. Three seniors had big days for the Blue: Max Rodman won 10 of 16 face-offs; Yale captain Brendan Gibson pitched in a goal and two assists and Matt Fuchs had two goals and four points. Junior Johnathan Falcone made five saves in the Eli net.
Its Saturday comeback bid was greater than Yale's, but Princeton, which could have taken an outright Ivy title with a victory, fell 10-9 to Cornell in New Jersey. The Tigers trailed 9-3 entering the fourth quarter and waited five minutes before making a run that came inches (a shot that hit the pipe) away from evening the score in the last minute. Princeton's Chad Wiedmaier held the nation's leading scorer, Cornell's Rob Pannell, to a single assist, four points below his average. Mike Chanenchuk tallied three times while Scott MacKenzie notched two in the defeat. Tyler Fiorito made 15 saves for Princeton.
Yale's 10 wins are the most under head coach Andy Shay and the most since the 1992 team won 12 games. The Blue has won 10 or more games just seven times in the 95-year history of the program.
Here a few of the Yale names that might not seem so conventional:
Johnathan Falcone (fall-kone)
Alex Forrey (four-ee)
Matt Fuchs (fewks)
Nick Tsouris (ta-SORE-iss)
Kirby Zdrill (za-DRILL)
PROBABLE YALE LINEUP
2 Brendan Gibson (Sr, 17-17-34)
3 Brian Douglass (Jr, 32-5-37)
33 Matt Gibson (So, 26-18-44)
6 Gregory Mahony (So, 18-1-19)
9 Matt Fuchs (Sr, 12-10-22)
15 Matt Miller (So, 15-5-17)
7 Mark Dobrosky (So, 0-2-2, 4 GB)
25 Colin Still (So, 5-5-10)
22 Jerome Arnold (Sr, 2-3-5)
43 Patrick Coleman (Jr, 47 GB)
Shortstick Defensive Midfielder
1 Nick Tsouris (Sr, 27 GB)
10 Michael Pratt (So, 31 GB)
17 Max Rodman (Sr, .565 F.O.)
29 Phil Gross (Fr, 23 GB)
31 Peter Johnson (Fr, 25 GB)
42 Michael McCormack (Fr, 3-1-4, 44 GB)
12 Johnathan Falcone (Jr, 8.66 GA, .502 SP)
Yale is 10th this week's laxnews.com poll and No. 15 in the latest USILA rankings (see below). Yale's No. 13 ranking last week was its best in the USILA poll since 1992. Here is the latest USILA poll.
Rank Team Record Points Prev. Wk
1 Virginia 14-1 137(4) 1
2 Syracuse 12-1 136(3) 2
3 Maryland 10-3 126 3
4 North Carolina 11-2 118 4
5 Duke 11-4 112 5
6 Stony Brook 10-3 102 8
7 Cornell 9-4 92 10
8 Loyola 9-3 84 6
9t Princeton 9-4 80 7
9t Drexel 10-4 80 13
11 Villanova 10-4 76 12
12 Denver 11-4 57 16
13 Hofstra 9-4 51 15
14 Georgetown 8-5 50 14
15 Yale 10-3 41 17
16 UMass 8-5 35 9
17 Brown 8-5 23 18
18 Army 11-5 19 nr
19 Notre Dame 7-6 18 19t
20 Towson 6-7 16 11
Also receiving votes: Johns Hoopkins, Delaware, Navy
Six Yale players have hit double digits in goals. Junior A Brian Douglass has a team-high 32 and ranks 17th in Division I with 2.46 per game. Sophomore A Matt Gibson (26 goals) leads the Elis with 44 points and is 23rd in the country with 3.38 points per game. Senior captain Brendan Gibson has 17-17-34. Sophomore M Gregory Mahony has 18-1-19. Classmate Matt Miller (12-5-17) also reached double-digits.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Junior goalie Johnathan Falcone has every decision in the Yale net and has a .513 save percentage. His 8.66 GAA, tops in the Ivy, is 16th in Division I. He has had double-digit saves in four of the last seven games. Falcone had a season-high of 15 saves at Dartmouth, while he has held opponents to single-digits in five of the last six outings.
Senior M Max Rodman, coming off 10 wins in 16 attempts last Saturday, is 14th in the country with a .565 face-off mark. He took a season-high 33 face-offs against Penn, while his low was the next day with 11 against Detroit. Rookie Cole Yeager (.632) got an opportunity to take over against Detroit and won nine of 13.
Junior LSM Patrick Coleman leads the Blue with 47 pick-ups. Freshman D Michael McCormack is second with 44. These two defenders have helped the Bulldogs hold their last four opponents to a combined 25 goals.
Yale is 12th in faceoffs (.560), 14th in team defense (8.7), 16th in ground balls (33) and 25th in scoring offense (10.38) among Division I squads.
DOUGLASS EARNS TWO HONORS
Junior A Brian Douglass was named the May 3 Ivy League co-Player of the Week and Turfer NEILA Player of the Week after scoring three times against Harvard. Douglass, who shared the Ivy award with Brown's Thomas Muldoon, notched the equalizer and the winner in the last quarter of the 9-8 win over Harvard. It was his second Ivy award and the first from NEILA this season. The Waccabuc, N.Y., native leads Yale with 32 goals, which ranks second in the league. Douglass had a career-high seven goals against Penn on April 3 and came back the next day with six against Detroit. He has 47 career goals in 39 games.
Yale sophomore Matt Gibson was named March 8 co-Ivy League Player of the Week after an 11-point weekend in a pair of victories. Gibson led the Elis to a 13-12 win over No. 12 UMass on March 5 with a career-high 5-3-8. He earned NEILA Player of the Week on April 11 after five goals in the 8-3 win at Dartmouth. Junior Brian Douglass got the Ivy nod on April 5 after a 13-goal, 14-point weekend set against Penn and Detroit. Freshman Peter Johnson was named Ivy Rookie of the Week on April 11 after helping the Blue hold the Big Green to three goals.
Yale has won six Ivy League Championships, including the first one handed out in 1956. The others came in 1969, 1988, 89, 90 and this spring.
Six Yale players were named to the 2010 All-Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Team, three were second-team selections and three were named honorable. Sophomore attackman Matt Gibson and midfielders Nick Tsouris (senior) and sophomore Gregory Mahony garnered second-team status. Junior goalie Johnathan Falcone and freshman defensemen Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were all honorable mention.
Five of the seven Ivy League teams were ranked among the USILA top 20 for most of the season. The four in the league tournament are the only ones currently ranked.
ON THE BENCHES
Yale head coach Andy Shay is in his seventh season and brings a 44-48 overall record into Saturday's contest. Shay, a two-time captain at LeMoyne College, was part of two UMass NCAA Quarterfinals teams as an assistant coach before coming to Yale.
Yale assistant Graham Niemi, a former Maryland standout, served as head coach of Team Finland at the 2009 World Championships… Andy Shay has coached the Irish National team… Eli assistant Ryan Polley played basketball and lacrosse (2nd team All-America) at Merrimack.
Two Yale players have points in every game, Brendan Gibson and Brian Douglass. Douglass has a goal in 12 of 13 games, Brendan Gibson has hit the net in nine of 12 and Matt Gibson has tallied in 11 of 13.
Brendan Gibson, Yale's senior captain, is more than just a leader and motivator. The offensive-minded attackman has a point in 35 straight games – the fourth longest active streak in Division I – dating to March 25, 2008. He has 58-36-94 over that span. His 94 career goals rank fifth at Yale, while his 140 points are seventh. Gibson's 46 assists rank 16th overall at the school.
Career Goal Scoring
1. Jon Reese 162 1987-1990
2. Adam Puritz 106 1985-1988
3. Tom Zaccagnino 100 1994-1996
4. Mike Scaglione 95 2000-2003
5. Mike Devlin 94 1979-1982
Brendan Gibson 94 2007-Present
7. Josh McHugh 93 1989-1992
8. Simon Duxbury 92 1991-1994
9. Ned Britt 90 2001-2004
10. Tom Fagan 89 1970-1972
11. Seth Goldberg 86 2002-2005
12. Ted Moran 84 1983-1986
13. Brian Hunt 78 1999-2001
14. Craig Lunde 74 1985-1988
15. Ken Lenskold 70 1982-1985
16. Brian Walter 68 1988-1991
17. Scott Kenworthy 65 2001-2004
Timothy Bradford 65 1964-1966
19. Chris Clark 64 1984-1987
20. Kim Dunn 63 1988-1991
Daniel Brillman 63 2003-2006
22. Shawn O'Rourke 60 1994-1997
Senior Matt Fuchs made the ThunderBay Team of the Week May 4 on insidelacrosse.com… Yale leads the Ivies with 33 ground balls per game… Sophomore Mark Dobrosky's brother, Dave, is a senior on the Harvard team… The Blue averages 36.9 shots per game… Yale's five-game win streak (ended against Bryant) was the longest since 2002 under head coach Mike Waldvogel… Yale has a .777 clear percentage… Yale has outscored and outshot opponents in all but the fourth quarter… The first two Bulldogs recruited from Canada exclusively for lacrosse are newcomers Kirby Zdrill and Deron Dempster… Sophomore midfielder Robby Berner is a member of the Yale squash team and played in the No. 6 and 7 slots for the No. 2 team in the country.
The bus ride to Ithaca might be quieter than it was earlier this season. Yale players will be in the middle (May 4-11) of final exams when they head to the tournament on Thursday.
The Elis seek their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992. Yale has played in the NCAAs three (1988, 90, 92) different seasons and are 2-3 overall. The best run came in 1990 when the Blue beat Princeton in the quarters before falling in OT to Loyola at Rutgers Stadium in the semis.
Yale hopes to be one of the seven conference tournament automatic qualifiers for this month's 16-team NCAA Championship Tournament which culminates with the May 29-31 finals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The selection show airs live on ESPNU at 8:30 pm Sunday.
Prior to the start of the 2010 season, the Yale men's lacrosse team, through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), adopted brothers Sterling (8) and Hunter (11) Bachman. Six years ago Sterling was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which caused blindness, seizure disorder and NF1. The Bachman Family and the Bulldogs were connected through this national organization.
The Bulldogs, who have bounced around this poll since the season began, jumped from fourth to No. 1 in the New England rankings this week. Here are the latest NEILA Rankings.
NEILA Top Eight:
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. Sophomore Robby Berner (Greenwich) is the only Yale player from Connecticut.
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.
Yale is one of a few schools in the country wearing a Rose sticker on its helmets in honor of Paul Rose, a lacrosse coach at four different colleges, who passed away on March 27 after a long battle with cancer.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director