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Bulldogs At Penn Friday at 4

Johnathan Falcone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Johnathan Falcone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

No. 15 Yale Looks For 2nd Ivy Win

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 15 Yale men's lacrosse team (5-1 overall, 1-1 Ivy), coming off an 8-7 overtime victory against Princeton last week, continues conference play this Friday with a 4 p.m. game against Penn (4-3, 1-1 Ivy) at Franklin Field.



The Bulldogs own a 46-26 lead in a series that began in 1919. Yale has taken the last two meetings with the Quakers after losing the three straight.



Yale, led by Brian Douglass' seven goals, scored the game's first 10 goals before holding on for its first Ivy League victory last season, a 16-14 decision over Penn at Reese Stadium on April 3, 2010. Douglass led the Bulldogs with seven goals and eight points. Brendan Gibson tallied three goals and six points, while his younger brother Matt added three goals and five points. Johnathan Falcone recorded 14 saves on the day, with many coming from close-range.



Brandon Mangan knew he shouldn't shoot the ball. His team had just gotten its first possession in overtime and had come out of a timeout. The freshman attackman was off-angle, had a defender checking him and was 25 feet from the cage. Instead of passing to a more experience teammate, Mangan unleashed a nasty shot that found the net 33 seconds into OT to give Yale a come-from-behind, 8-7 win over Princeton at Class of 1952 Stadium. The Bulldogs, No. 19 at the time, earned their first league win by erasing a 6-2 deficit on the way to Yale's first win over the Tigers since 2005. It snapped Princeton's six-game win streak in the storied series.



The Bulldogs are tops among Division I teams in caused turnovers (12.33), face-off win percentage (.657) and scoring margin (7.00). Yale is second in scoring (13.33) and man-up offense (.538) and third in defense (6.33)… Johnathan Falcone is tied for fourth in the nation in GAA (6.19) and fifth in SP (.614)… Brian Douglass is 13th with 3.67 points per game… Cole Yeager ranks ninth in face-off win percentage at .633… Patrick Coleman is fifth with 2.67 caused turnovers per game… Deron Dempster is No. 1 in Division I with a .722 shooting percentage.



Yale's April 23 game at Georgetown airs live on Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)... Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 12 goals and 22 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 59… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 51… Deron Dempster, who is tops in the country for shooting percentage (.722), has 13 goals and 16 points… Ryan McCarthy leads all newcomers with five goals and nine points… Dylan Levings (.745) and Cole Yeager (.633) 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… 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.  



The No. 13 Penn Quakers return home this weekend after dropping an overtime thriller against Cornell 13-12 in Ithaca. The Quakers rallied from a 7-2 halftime deficit to force the extra frame. Penn owns wins against No. 3 Duke, No. 18 Bucknell, Lafayette, and Princeton, while their other losses have come against No. 8 Villanova and No. 4 North Carolina. The Quakers are 4-0 at Franklin Field, but are 0-3 away from it, with two of those losses coming in overtime. Penn is led offensively by senior Al Kohart, who has 14 goals and 17 points, while junior John Conneely is second on the team in goals with seven. Senior Corey Winkoff leads the team with 12 assists and is second in points with 16. Freshman Brian Feeney (7.35, .495) has logged all the minutes for the Quakers in net.



LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, is second for Yale's non-faceoff men with 20 ground balls. Coleman also leads the team with 19 caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.



Johnathan Falcone, Yale's veteran goalie, has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's lacrosse. His character and notable achievements in the community, classroom and competition made him a viable candidate for the award. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 10. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner. Falcone, fourth in Division I with a 6.19 goals against average, owns a .614 save percentage, which is fifth in the nation. He is coming off an 11-save performance in an 8-7 OT win at Princeton on March 26. The economics major with a 3.84 GPA is just as impressive off the field. Falcone, who spent a summer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a member of the Economics Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee. In addition, he was elected as secretary of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity while being a significant contributor to "Bulldog Buddies," a Yale community outreach program that has students serving as mentors to New Haven Public School children. Lowe's will announce the winner May 28 at the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse semifinals in Baltimore.


This week's New England Coaches Poll returns the Bulldogs to the top spot following their overtime win against Princeton:

1. Yale
2. Massachusetts
3. Dartmouth
4. Harvard
5. Hartford
6. Brown
7. Vermont
8. Fairfield



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 are playing 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.



Three (Cornell, Penn, Yale) of the seven Ivy League teams were ranked among the USILA top 20 this week.




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… Gregory Mahony was the March 22 honoree after hitting the net three times vs. Cornell…Brandon Mangan earned Ivy League Rookie of the week status on March 28 for his 2 goals, including the overtime game-winner, against Princeton. He is the first Bulldog to earn this honor since Peter Johnson on April 12, 2010…Johnathan Falcone was an Ivy League Honor Roll choice on March 28 for his 11 saves, 7 GA, and .611 save percentage against Princeton.



Yale is 15th in this week's Nike poll and tied for 15th in the latest USILA rankings. This equals the highest ranking the Elis' have had this season when they were No. 15 in the poll on March 1...'s computer rating has Yale No. 9, second best among Ivy schools.



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 50-50 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)







 3         Brian Douglass (Sr)

33        Matt Gibson (Jr)

22        Brandon Mangan (Fr)


First Midfield

 6         Gregory Mahony (Jr)

15        Matt Miller (Jr)

 9         Colin Still (Jr)


Second Midfield

8          Michael Lipin (So)

41        Andrew Cordia (So) 

20        Jack Flaherty (Sr)


Longstick Midfielder

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.