Yale Looks for 5th Straight in D.C.
No. 14 Elis Take on Hoyas Saturday at 1
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 14 Yale men's lacrosse team (9-2, 3-2 Ivy), coming off a 9-8 win at Bryant on Tuesday night, looks for a fifth straight win while traveling to Georgetown (5-6) for its last non-league game of 2011. Saturday's 1 p.m. game airs live on Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN, DirecTV 625) and SNY (625 DirecTV), cable home of the New York Mets.
The Elis and Hoyas played for eight straight seasons between 1984 and 1991 with Yale taking each contest. The Elis, who have outscored Georgetown 121-38, won the first two by a combined 47-5 count but the deficit closed after a few years and the games became more competitive. There has not been a meeting since 1991, an 11-7 Yale win at Washington, D.C.
ELIS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT
For the second straight game, Yale overcame an early deficit to register a victory. The Bulldogs made it four straight wins with a 9-8 non-conference win over the Bryant Bulldogs at the Bryant Turf Complex on Tuesday. Gregory Mahony led the Elis with three goals and four points while Brian Douglass had two goals and two assists. Matt Gibson (1-2-3) and Ryan McCarthy (1-1-2) were the other Yale players with multiple-point nights. Brandon Mangan and Jack Flaherty also hit the net for a Bulldog team looking for one more win to reach double digits for a second straight year. Bryant, which upset the Blue 9-7 at New Haven last April in the first ever meeting, got 15 saves from Jameson Love, whose squad had the edge in most of the statistical categories. The home team had more shots (39-32) and ground balls (35-27) and eight fewer turnovers. Those advantages kept Rhode Island's Bulldogs (7-7) in the contest after seeing their 2-0 lead evaporate in the second quarter.
Yale has now won nine of its first 11 games for a second straight season. The last time the Bulldogs had a better (11-0) start was 1990. That squad finished 16-2 and advanced to the national semifinals fueled by the scoring of Jon Reese '90 and the goaltending of Tony Guido '90.
The Hoyas fell to 5-6 on the season after a 6-5 4OT loss to No. 20 Loyola (Md) at home last Sunday. Georgetown's other losses have come against No. 7 Maryland, Harvard, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 6 Duke, and No. 1 Notre Dame, while they have earned wins against Jacksonville, St. Johns, Providence, Navy, and Mount St. Mary's. The Hoyas are led offensively by sophomore Davey Emala (28-6-34), sophomore Travis Comeau (23-5-28), and graduate student Rickey Mirabito (12-20-32). Graduate student Barney Ehrmann (49 GB, 34 CT) and sophomore Chris Nourse (26 GB, 27 CT) lead the defense. Senior Jack Davis (10.1 GAA, .505 SP) has started every game in net for the Hoyas.
The Bulldogs are first in Division I faceoff win percentage (.668) and scoring margin (4.90). Yale is second in caused turnovers (11.30), fourth in defense (7.00), sixth in scoring (11.90), and 13th in man-up offense (.381)… Johnathan Falcone is fifth in the nation in GAA (6.87) and 15th in SP (.556)… Brian Douglass is 14th with 3.40 points per game and 15th with 2.30 goals per game… Cole Yeager ranks fifth in face-off win percentage at .657… Patrick Coleman is eighth in the nation with 2.10 caused turnovers per game, while Michael McCormack ranks fourth with 2.60 per game.
Brian Douglass, who has a point in 25 straight games, has 13 goals over his last five contests… Matt Gibson has 9-11-20 over the last five outings… Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in insidelacrosse.com's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 25 goals and 38 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 72… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 60… Deron Dempster, who is tops on the team in shooting percentage (.619), has 13 goals and 16 points… Brandon Mangan leads all newcomers with nine goals and 16 points… Dylan Levings (.711) and Cole Yeager (.652) 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.
LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, is second for Yale's non-faceoff men with 32 ground balls. He is also 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 9 2 0 0.82
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 5 7 0 0.42
Dartmouth 1 3 0 0.25 5 7 0 0.42
THIS WEEK'S IVY LEAGUE SCHEDULE
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 6.87 goals against average, owns a .556 save percentage, which is 15th in the nation. He is coming off a 8-save performance in an 9-8 win against Bryant on April 20. 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.
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
Ten 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 54-51 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 on April 9, 2011, 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.