Bulldogs Host Friars Tuesday

No. 17 Yale Has Non-League Test

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 17/18 Yale men's lacrosse team (5-2 overall, 1-2 Ivy), coming off a triple OT game at Penn last Friday, returns home to take on the Providence Friars (3-5, 0-1 Big East) tomorrow at Reese Stadium. The opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m.



The Bulldogs hold a 3-0 advantage against the Friars in a series that began in 2006. The first meeting between the schools took place in Boca Raton, Fla., an 11-5 decision.



The Bulldogs needed a fourth quarter comeback to get past the Friars 7-5 on April 13, 2010, at Providence. Yale tallied the only three goals in the final frame and erased a 5-4 deficit en route to the win. Yale jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but four unanswered goals by Providence gave them the edge entering the fourth quarter. Gregory Mahony tied the game at the 11:09 mark before Matt Gibson provided the game winner 10 seconds later. Mahony found the net twice that day, while five other Bulldogs each added a goal.


A second consecutive late road comeback and overtime league game for the No. 15 Yale men's lacrosse team, but the Bulldogs could not make it two straight Ivy victories. Drew Belinsky found the net 45 seconds into the third overtime to give No. 13 Penn a 10-9 win on a cold and cloudy day at Franklin Field. The Bulldogs opened up a lead in the first half with a three-goal run. Penn (5-3, 2-1), which trailed 6-3 in the second period, countered with a string of five (3 EMO) in the second half that nearly won it the game. Matt Miller had three goals while Matthew Gibson (4 points) and Brian Douglass each had two as Yale put 36 shots on Brian Feeney (6 saves). The Quakers, who had 38 shots, also had a slight edge in ground balls and had four fewer turnovers. The loss spoiled another great day for face-off man Cole Yeager, who won 14 of 19 battles on the X while providing key possession opportunities.  The Elis won 16 of 23 overall with Dylan Levings splitting four attempts.


The Bulldogs are first in Division I faceoff win percentage (.663) and second in caused turnovers (11.43). Yale is fifth in scoring (12.71), seventh in man-up offense (.484) and sixth in defense (6.86)… Johnathan Falcone is sixth in the nation in GAA (6.65) and 11th in SP (.580)… Brian Douglass is 15th with 3.43 points per game… Cole Yeager ranks sixth in face-off win percentage at .653… Patrick Coleman is fifth with 2.53 caused turnovers per game.



Yale's April 23 game at Georgetown airs live on Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)... Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in insidelacrosse.com's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 14 goals and 24 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 61… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 53… Deron Dempster, who is tops in the country for shooting percentage (.684), has 13 goals and 16 points… Brandon Mangan leads all newcomers with six goals and nine points… Dylan Levings (.727) and Cole Yeager (.653) lead the Elis in faceoff percentage… Brian Douglass is currently on a 21-game point streak that started Feb. 27, 2010 against Holy Cross. Over those 21 games, Douglass has tallied 46 goals and 62 points.



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 Friars come to New Haven following an 8-6 win against Lafayette last Saturday at Providence. On the strength of four fourth-quarter goals, PC pulled away for its third victory of the season. The Friars' other wins came against Wagner and Presbyterian, while their losses were against Quinnipiac, No. 16 Massachusetts, Georgetown, Bryant and Siena. The Friars are led offensively by freshman Andrew Barton (6-7-13), junior Jake Nolan (7-5-12), and senior Evan Helda (8-2-10). Junior Christian Dzwilewski (10.73, .491) has seen the bulk of the time in net starting the first six games, but senior Jake Goodelman (8.27, .612) has been given the nod the last two games posting a 1-1 record.



LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, is tied for the lead for Yale's non-faceoff men with 25 ground balls. Coleman also leads the team with 20 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 7-save performance in an 10-9 3-OT loss at Penn on April 1. 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.


The latest New England Coaches Poll has the Bulldogs at the top spot.

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…Matt Miller earned Ivy League honor roll status on April 4 for his three-goal performance at Penn.



Yale is 17th in this week's Nike laxnews.com poll and 18th in the latest USILA rankings. The best ranking the Elis' have had this season was No. 15 in the laxnews.com poll on March 1 and March 28... Laxpower.com's computer rating has Yale No. 11, 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 50-51 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 this Saturday, 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.