Yale Playing For Ivy Seed, NCAA Hopes
No. 14 Blue Finishes Season at Harvard
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 14/15 Yale men's lacrosse team (10-2, 3-2 Ivy), riding a five-game win streak heading into the regular season finale, travels to Harvard (8-5, 2-3) for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday with a conference tournament seed and an NCAA playoff spot on the line.
Yale owns a 57-34 series lead against Harvard but the teams have split the last four games. Three of the last seven have been one-goal decisions. The Bulldogs won last year at home in a game both teams needed to qualify for post-season play.
Bulldog defenseman Phil Gross scooped up a loose ball 25 feet from his own goal and flung it to the other end of the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock on Yale's 9-8 win over Harvard last April that gave the Elis a share of the Ivy League title. The game featured two ranked teams playing before 1,113 at Reese Stadium. Gross, who helped the Bulldog defense limit the visitors to one goal in the fourth quarter, was able to get the ground ball because classmate Michael McCormack (6 ground balls) whacked the ball away from a Crimson player with Yale protecting the one-goal lead. Brian Douglass, who had the fourth-quarter equalizer and winner, finished with three goals.
ELIS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT
The Elis beat Georgetown 13-8 last Saturday on a hot afternoon at Multi-Sport. Brian Douglass had three goals and four points and Matt Gibson added two goals and two assists as four Bulldogs enjoyed multiple-goal outings. Gregory Mahony and Matt Miller each hit the net twice with Yale outshooting the home team 39-36. Andrew Cordia, Michael Pratt, Cole Yeager and Brandon Mangan also scored. The offense was clearly a significant factor but the defense and face-off work may have been the true difference in the Blue's fifth straight win. Yale held Georgetown (5-7) to three first-half goals while goalie Johnathan Falcone played one of his best games with 13 saves. He did not allow consecutive Hoya goals until late in the fourth when the game was out of reach.
Yale has now had five-game win streaks in consecutive seasons. Last year's came during the middle of the campaign. The last Yale six-game win streak came in 1992 and ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Syracuse during a 12-4 season. That was also the last season the Elis won as many as 11 games.
Harvard is coming off a 9-8 victory at Princeton last Saturday. The Crimson led 6-3 at the half and held off a late charge by the Tigers to earn the win. Harvard's other wins have come against Canisius, Georgetown, Bellarmine, Holy Cross, Brown, No. 19 Massachusetts and Quinnipiac. The losses have been against No. 8 Hofstra, Dartmouth, Albany, No. 3 Cornell, and No. 13 Penn. Harvard is led offensively by junior Jeff Cohen (26-2-28), senior Dean Gibbons (25-24-49), and junior Kevin Vaughn (16-6-22). Sophomore Harry Krieger (9.35, .524) has started every game in net for the Crimson.
DIVISION I RANKINGS
The Bulldogs are first in Division I faceoff win percentage (.658) and second in caused turnovers per game (10.83). Yale is third in scoring margin (4.58), fifth in defense (7.17), fifth in man-down defense (.796), and eighth in scoring (11.75)… Johnathan Falcone is sixth in the nation in GAA (7.07) and 12th in SP (.558)… Brian Douglass is 14th with 3.50 points per game and 14th with 2.33 goals per game… Cole Yeager ranks fifth in face-off win percentage at .651… Patrick Coleman is 12th in the nation with 2.00 caused turnovers per game, while Michael McCormack ranks fourth with 2.67 per game.
Brian Douglass, who has a point in 26 straight games, has 16 goals over his last six contests… Matt Gibson has 11-13-23 over the last six outings… Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in insidelacrosse.com's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 28 goals and 42 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 75… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 62… Deron Dempster, who is tops on the team in shooting percentage (.591), has 13 goals and 16 points… Brandon Mangan leads all newcomers with 10 goals and 16 points… Dylan Levings (.711) and Cole Yeager (.651) 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 tops for Yale's non-faceoff men with 38 ground balls. He is second on the team with 27 caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.
Brian Douglass (Waccabuc, N.Y.), a clutch scorer with an accurate shot, leads Yale in goal scoring for the second straight season. He enters the regular season finale with 28 tallies and a team-high 42 points. The senior attackman has notched at least two goals in 10 of the 12 games and is third among Ivy players in both goals and points per game. Douglass, who should earn his first All-Ivy honors this spring, has six straight multiple goal games with 16 goals combined. He is Yale's active career goals leader with 75 while his 103 points are second.
The 2010 New England Player of the Year, Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, N.Y.) is one of the most exciting players in the college game. Gibson, slowed by an early season injury, has six multiple-goal games this spring. He was a second-team All-Ivy pick last year and is Yale's active career points leader (107) with 62 goals and 45 assists.
As a rookie in 2010, Cole Yeager (Wayne, Pa.) got 20 chances to show what he could do (12 wins) on face-offs while learning from starter Max Rodman '10 (.570 in 2010). Yeager learned quickly and now leads the Ivies with a .651 percentage on the X. He also has a team-high 64 ground balls to go along with three goals.
All Bulldog players have played the last four games with the No. 17 written on their legs to honor the memory of former Yale hockey player Mandi Schwartz, who passed away this month after a long and courageous battle with leukemia.
Here's what we know about the May 6-8 Ivy League Tournament. League champion Cornell hosts for the second straight year and plays the No. 4 seed. Penn has clinched the No. 2 spot. A Yale win at Harvard would make the Elis the No. 3 seed, but they could slip to fourth with a loss in their season finale. The Crimson can make their first Ivy tourney appearance with a win over Yale, which would give them the three spot. Harvard could lose and still make it, but it gets crazy if the Crimson, Dartmouth and Princeton all finish 2-4. In that scenario, the fourth team to make the field would be determined by a random draw conducted by Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris.
IVY LEAGUE STANDINGS
Team W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
1 Cornell 5 0 0 1.00 10 2 0 0.83
2 Penn 4 2 0 0.67 8 4 0 0.67
3 YALE 3 2 0 0.60 10 2 0 0.83
4 Harvard 2 3 0 0.40 8 5 0 0.62
Princeton 2 3 0 0.40 4 7 0 0.36
6 Brown 1 4 0 0.20 5 8 0 0.39
Dartmouth 1 4 0 0.20 5 8 0 0.39
THIS WEEK'S IVY LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Yale @ Harvard, 1 pm
Princeton @ Cornell, 1 pm
Brown @ Dartmouth, 1 pm
Penn @ Virginia, 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, sixth in Division I with a 7.07 goals against average, owns a .558 save percentage, which is 12th in the nation. He is coming off a 13-save performance in a 13-8 win against Georgetown on April 23. 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 have been dashed. 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
Eleven 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
April 25 Brian Douglass 5-3-8 vs. Bryant and Georgetown
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 15th 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. 15, third 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 55-51 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.