No. 14 Yale Seeks 4th Straight Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 14 Yale men's lacrosse team (8-2, 3-2 Ivy) looks to improve its win streak to four games on Tuesday night when it travels to Smithfield, R.I., to take on the Bryant Bulldogs (7-6) at 7:00.
Bryant, new to Division lacrosse last season, took the first ever meeting between the schools 9-7 at Reese Stadium.
Max Weisbenberg had three goals and one assist and Andy Hennessey won 12 of 19 face-offs as visiting Bryant upset the No. 9 Elis 9-7 before 987 at Reese Stadium last April. Bryant, which dominated the possessions and hounded Yale's offense, never trailed in the first meeting of the two Bulldog squads. The Bulldogs from Rhode Island ended Yale's win streak at five games with great goaltending by Jameson Love, who had eight saves and a number of key stops while the Elis were on the comeback trail. Yale got a pair of goals from Gregory Mahony and a goal each from five other players on a night when nothing was clicking for more than a moment. Max Rodman '10 fought valiantly on every face-off, but could not help his Bulldogs retain enough possessions. Both teams had 27 ground balls, though Yale had more shots (27-23) and fewer turnovers (13-20). However, three or four of the Blue's lost balls came at key times with a comeback in sight.
ELIS BEAT BROWN
Yale erased a pair of first-half three-goal deficits on the way to a 10-6 win over Brown before 1,376 at Reese Stadium last Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs sent 11 seniors out with a victory in their last home game and gained a leg up in the race for one of the four conference post-season playoff spots. Matt Gibson had two goals and two assists while Brian Douglass hit the net twice to lead a Yale offense that had the edge in shots (34-30) after turning things around over the last 30 minutes. Colin Still and Brandon Mangan had a goal and assist each with other Yale tallies coming from Gregory Mahony, Michael Lipin, Andrew Cordia and Jack Flaherty. Johnathan Falcone saved one of his best outings for one of the biggest games. The senior netminder made three huge second-half stops and had six overall to help the Elis finish 6-1 at home in 2011.
Brian Douglass, who has a point in 24 straight games, has 11 goals over his last four contests… Matt Gibson has 8-9-17 over the last four outings… Yale's April 23 game at Georgetown airs live on Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and will also be carried by SNY (home of the New York Mets)... Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in insidelacrosse.com's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 23 goals and 34 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 70… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 59… Deron Dempster, who is tops on the team in shooting percentage (.619), has 13 goals and 16 points… Brandon Mangan leads all newcomers with eight goals and 14 points… Dylan Levings (.726) and Cole Yeager (.657) 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. He was slowed by an injury earlier this season… 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. Costa will study at Oxford next year and hopes to become a United States Senator… Senior A Jack Flaherty, the son of a high school history teacher, spent last summer working an archeological excavation in Athens… Senior D Eric Gresham has a job in Patagonia (South America) with Patagon Journal, a publication that focuses on outdoor activities.
Bryant in coming off a 9-7 win at Sacred Heart that raised their record over .500. The Bulldogs' other wins have come against St. Joseph's, Fairfield, Providence, Brown, Wagner and Holy Cross, while their losses have been against Vermont, No. 17 Army, Drexel, Hobart, No. 14 Stony Brook, and Quinnipiac. Bryant is led offensively by sophomore Peter McMahon (12-22-34), senior Gary Crowley (21-4-25), and junior Max Weisenberg (16-9-25). Sophomore Mason Poli (47 GB, 23 CT) and senior Ryan Mahoney (22 GB, 12 CT) anchor the defense. Junior Jameson Love (7.87, .510) has earned every decision in net.
LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, is tops for Yale's non-faceoff men with 32 ground balls. He is second on the team with 24 caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.
IVY LEAGUE STANDINGS
Team W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
1 Cornell 4 0 0 1.00 9 2 0 0.82
2 YALE 3 2 0 0.60 8 2 0 0.80
Penn 3 2 0 0.60 6 4 0 0.60
4 Princeton 2 2 0 0.50 4 6 0 0.40
5 Harvard 1 3 0 0.25 7 5 0 0.58
Brown 1 3 0 0.25 4 7 0 0.36
Dartmouth 1 3 0 0.25 4 7 0 0.36
THIS WEEK'S IVY LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Vermont @ Dartmouth, 6 pm
Yale @ Bryant, 7 pm
Brown @ Providence, 7 pm
Penn @ St. Joseph's, 7 pm
Yale @ Georgetown, 1 pm
Dartmouth @ Penn, 1 pm
Harvard @ Princeton, 1 pm
Cornell @ Brown, 3 pm
FALCONE IS LOWE'S FINALIST
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, fifth in Division I with a 6.97 goals against average, owns a .561 save percentage, which is 14th in the nation. He is coming off a 6-save performance in an 10-6 win against Brown on April 16. 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.
Yale's only hopes of a second straight regular-season championship rely on Cornell losing its final pair of Ivy games. The Blue, 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, 90 and 2010. The outright titles were in 1956 and 1989.
Three (Cornell, Penn, Yale) of the seven Ivy League teams were ranked among the USILA top 20 this week.
IVY AWARDS 2011
Eight different Bulldogs have earned recognition from the Ivy League for performances this spring.
Ivy League Honor Roll
February 28 Brian Douglass 3 goals vs. St. Johns
March 7 Deron Dempster 8-3-11 over two games
Ryan McCarthy 5-3-8 over two games
March 14 Patrick Coleman Seven CT's and five GB's vs. Lehigh
March 21 Gregory Mahoney 3 goals vs. Cornell
March 28 Johnathan Falcone 11 saves, 7 GA, and .611 sp vs. Princeton
April 4 Matt Miller 3 goals vs. Penn
April 11 Brian Douglass 7-1-8 vs. Providence and Dartmouth
April 18 Matt Gibson 2-2-4 vs. Brown
Ivy League Rookie of the Week
March 28 Brandon Mangan 2 goals, including OT winner vs. Princeton
Yale is 14th in this week's Nike laxnews.com poll and 18th in the latest USILA rankings. This week's laxnews.com poll ties the best ranking the Elis' have had this season... Laxpower.com's computer rating has Yale No. 19, fourth best among Ivy schools.
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 53-51 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.
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 was dedicated last 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.