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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 16/17 Yale men's lacrosse team (4-0 overall, 0-0 Ivy), coming off a win over Lehigh at home last week, opens Ivy League play by hosting perennial power No. 9/12 Cornell (3-2 overall, 0-0 Ivy) at Reese Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Big Red has taken 11 straight and leads the series 43-23-1. Yale's last win was 7-6 in 1999 at home, while the last Bulldog win at Ithaca was an 11-10 OT decision in 1996.
The Bulldogs opened the 2010 league campaign with an 18-7 loss at No. 10 Cornell. Scott Austin, Chris Langton and Ryan Hurley each had four goals against the No. 17 Bulldogs at Schoellkopf Field. First-half face-offs and turnovers were the difference. Cornell won five of the first six face-offs on the way to a 5-1 lead at the first intermission and never looked back. Yale ended up having fewer turnovers (22-13) and winning 12 of the 27 face-offs, but the damage had been done in the first 15 minutes. The Bulldogs finished with more shots (39-35) but lost the battle of ground balls, 36-31, and were four off their league-best average. Captain Brendan Gibson '10 and Matt Gibson led Yale with two goals apiece. Gregory Mahony, Matt Fuchs '10 and Michael Pratt were the other Bulldogs to hit the net, while goalie Johnathan Falcone recorded five saves.
YALE BEATS LEHIGH
A second-half offensive explosion propelled Yale to a 10-6 victory over Lehigh at Reese Stadium last Saturday. The Bulldogs broke open a 3-2 intermission with three straight goals and seven of the next eight tallies before allowing the solid Yale defense to close the deal against the Mountain Hawks (3-3). That defense was led by captain Patrick Coleman, whose game-high seven caused turnovers and five ground balls made him a great choice for game most valuable player. Junior Matt Gibson, who missed the last two games, came back with a three-goal, four-point performance. Fellow attackman Brian Douglass also hit the net three times while the others came from Deron Dempster (2), Matt Miller and Cole Yeager. Gregory Mahony contributed a pair of assists. Both squads fired 28 shots and Lehigh had the edge (29-28) in ground balls. The most important statistical difference was Yale's dominance on faceoffs. Yeager, who took all but three on the X, won 10 of 16 as the Elis took 12 of 19 overall. Dylan Levings was successful on two of his three faceoffs. Johnathan Falcone had another outstanding performance in net for Yale with 13 saves. The senior made four of those in big moments during the fourth quarter as the Elis held off a late Lehigh rally.
The Bulldogs are No. 1 in Division I in scoring (16.0) and caused turnovers (14.5), second in defense (5.2) and third in man-up offense (.55)… Johnathan Falcone ranks first in the nation in GAA (4.74) and SP (.667)… Brian Douglass is second with 4.7 points per game.
Brian Douglass has a team-high 11 goals and 19 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 58… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 50… Deron Dempster has 10 goals and 13 points… Ryan McCarthy leads all newcomers with five goals and nine points… Dylan Levings (.743) and Cole Yeager (.673) lead the Elis in faceoff percentage.
Matt Gibson, whose dad Jim Gibson played hockey at Cornell, was the 2010 New England Player of the Year and has been picked as the 2011 pre-season choice… Junior M Robby Berner is a member of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 Ivy League Champion men's squash team, which finished second in the nation after falling 5-4 to Trinity last Sunday in the national tournament… Freshman M Jackson Logie's dad, Scott '85, played hockey at Yale… Senior M Alfonso Costa walked on to the Yale basketball team this winter. Last summer, he earned a spot in the Garden Scholars Program, a highly competitive opportunity in which selected interns are paired with Madison Square Garden executives who they work one-on-one with throughout the summer… Senior A Jack Flaherty, the son of a high school history teacher, spent last summer working an archeological excavation in Athens.
Cornell travels to New Haven following an 11-9 loss to No. 2 Virginia last Saturday. The Big Red owns wins against Hobart, Canisius and Binghamton. Both losses (Army and Virginia) have come on the road. Cornell held a 7-5 lead late in the third quarter against Virginia, but the Cavaliers stormed back with four unanswered goals. Junior A Rob Pannell leads the offense with nine goals and 15 assists while sophomore AJ Fiore (7.23, .467) has been the primary net minder. Pannell was just named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week for the second consecutive week following five goals and six assists in two contests.
LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, leads Yale's non-faceoff men with 16 ground balls. Coleman also leads the team with 16 caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.
This week's New England Coaches Poll has Yale No. 1 for the first time this season. Here are the latest rankings:
Yale, which shared a league title last year, has won six Ivy League Championships, including the first one handed out in 1956. The others came in 1969, 1988, 89 and 90. The outright titles were in 1956 and 1989.
Six Yale players were named to the 2010 All-Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Team, five of them returned this season. Attackman Matt Gibson and midfielders Nick Tsouris '10 and Gregory Mahony garnered second-team status. Goalie Johnathan Falcone and defensemen Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were all honorable mention.
Four (Cornell, Princeton, Penn, Yale) of the seven Ivy League teams were ranked among the USILA top 20 this week.
IVY HONORS 2011
Brian Douglass earned Ivy League Honor Roll status on Feb. 28 for his 3 goals against St. John's… Deron Dempster (8-3-11) and Ryan McCarthy (5-3-8) had the same status on March 8 after big two-game weekends… Patrick Coleman was Yale's third honor roll pick after seven CTs and five GBs against Lehigh.
Yale is 17th in this week's Nike laxnews.com poll and 16th in the latest USILA rankings. The Elis' best ranking this season was No. 15 in the laxnews.com poll on March 1.
HEAD COACH ANDY SHAY
Andy Shay's seventh year at the helm of the Yale men's lacrosse program in 2010 was his best. He guided the Bulldogs to a 10-4 season that included a share of the Ivy League title and a spot in the inaugural league tournament. The Bulldogs' 2010 season marked the first post-season appearance since 1992 and the first Ivy championship since 1990. Shay's squad was ranked as high as No. 9 at one point during the campaign. He is 49-49 overall at Yale. Shay, named Yale head coach on June 25, 2003, helped guide the University of Massachusetts to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA quarterfinals as an assistant coach for four years. Prior to joining UMass' staff, Shay was an assistant coach at Delaware, where in 1999 he helped the Blue Hens capture the America East title with a 14-3 record and advance to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history. Shay began his coaching career as the head coach at Morrisville (N.Y.) Junior College, and he compiled a 20-17 record in three years. Shay is a 1994 graduate of LeMoyne College where he was a four-year starting defenseman and served as team captain for two years. He was an All-Empire League selection as a senior when he led the team to a league title.
Yale is coming off a four-way share of the 2010 Ivy League title with Princeton, Cornell and Brown. The Elis went 10-4 overall and were 4-2 in league play before falling in the semifinal of the 2010 Ivy League Tournament at Ithaca.
Yale's 10 wins last spring were 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:
Jared DePalma (da-PALM-a)
Johnathan Falcone (fall-KONE)
Alex Forrey (four-EE)
Jackson Logie (low-gee)
Brandon Mangan (man-gan)
Steve McLachlan (mic-LOCK-lan)
Kirby Zdrill (za-DRILL)
PROBABLE YALE LINEUP
3 Brian Douglass (Sr)
33 Matt Gibson (Jr)
22 Brandon Mangan (Fr)
6 Gregory Mahony (Jr)
15 Matt Miller (Jr)
9 Colin Still (Jr)
8 Michael Lipin (So)
41 Andrew Cordia (So)
20 Jack Flaherty (Sr)
43 Patrick Coleman (Sr)
Shortstick Defensive Midfielder
10 Michael Pratt (Jr)
7 Mark Dobrosky (Jr)
28 Cole Yeager (So)
46 Dylan Levings (Fr)
29 Phil Gross (So)
31 Peter Johnson (So)
42 Michael McCormack (So)
12 Johnathan Falcone (Sr)
The Yale roster includes players from 13 different states and two provinces:
California (4), Connecticut (5), Florida (1), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), New York (10), New Jersey (5), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (2), Washington (1), Alberta (1), Ontario (1)
Yale's 41-man roster is broken down evenly among the classes. There are 11 newcomers and 10 each of sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Newly renovated Reese Stadium, which will be dedicated on April 9, is a state-of –the-art facility for both Yale lacrosse and soccer teams. The renovations completed last summer include increased stadium seating, an entry plaza, team rooms and a press box. Recent improvements included a FieldTurf surface and new lighting. Reese Stadium, formerly known as the Yale Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium, is named after former lacrosse players Jason Reese '87 and Jon Reese '90.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director