Bulldogs Host Great Danes Saturday

Gregory Mahony. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Gregory Mahony. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)


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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs passed the first exam of 2012 with flying colors in a 19-6 win over St. John's last Saturday at New Haven. The second test for the No. 16 Yale Men's Lacrosse team is this Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Albany Great Danes.  The game at Reese Stadium airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com.



The Bulldogs hold a 4-3 lead in a series that began in 2000 and was last played in 2008. Yale won the first four contests while the Great Danes took the last three, including a 15-4 decision in New York in April of 2008. Four of the seven games have been played at New Haven.



Matt Gibson and Brandon Mangan each had four goals and five points as the Bulldogs opened the season with a win over St. John's. Ten different players scored goals as the Elis outshot the Red Storm 45-21 and had the edge in almost every statistical category. The Bulldog faceoff team of Cole Yeager (8-14) and Dylan Levings (9-14) combined to win 17 of the game's 28 battles on the X. The Eli duo helped take the pressure off freshman Eric Natale (2 saves), who was making his collegiate debut in net. The Yale defense stifled the vaunted St. John's offense for much of the game. Junior Michael McCormack led the Blue defense with four caused turnovers and four ground balls.



The Great Danes, 0-2 after facing two strong teams, opened the season with a 12-7 loss at No. 3 Syracuse.  They came home last week and fell 13-8 to No. 18 Drexel. Joe Resetarits leads the team with six goals. Ty Thompson, one of three family members on the Albany roster, has hit the net five times. Senior John Carroll (12.50, .324) was in goal for both games.



Brandon Mangan '14 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (Feb. 27)

Conrad Oberbeck '15 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (Feb. 27)              


Matt Gibson '12 (A): Tewaaraton Award Watch List; insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy

League Team; insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season Honorable Mention All-America

Greg Mahony '12 (M): Tewaaraton Award Watch List, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate


Michael McCormack '13 (D): insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season Honorable Mention All-America


Michael Pratt '12 (M): insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team


Cole Yeager '13 (M): insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team; insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season Honorable Mention All-America



M Michael Pratt, the captain of the Bulldogs, has played in every game since arriving in New Haven and was named to the insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team. He received the Winthrop Smith Award (team conditioning, inspiration, and team work) after the 2011 season. Pratt was third on the team with 42 ground balls while chipping in four goals and 10 caused turnovers.



A two-time honorable mention All-America selection and 2011 first-team All-Ivy pick, Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, N.Y.) is one of the most exciting players in the college game and was named on the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. He began 2012 in fine form with four goals and five points. Gibson was a 2010 second-team All-Ivy pick and is Yale's active career point leader (111) with 66 goals and 45 assists. His brother, Brendan, captain the Blue in 2010.



Greg Mahony was selected as one of the 20 NCAA men's lacrosse student-athletes for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. This award honors Division I seniors who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Mahony, a midfielder selected for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, is a two-time All-Ivy and All-New England selection who was taken by the Boston Cannons in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. He has a 3.44 GPA and is majoring in the history of medicine science (pre-med) at Yale. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Mahony is following in the footsteps of Yale goalie Johnathan Falcone '11, a finalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award who was named to the Lowe's second-team All-America squad.



Last year, his first as Yale's top face-off specialist, Cole Yeager (Wayne, Pa.) led the Ivies with a .648 faceoff winning percentage. He led Yale with 75 ground balls to go along with three goals. He was picked for the insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team as well as its pre-season honorable mention All-America squad. Yeager was a part of a face-off unit, along with sophomore Dylan Levings, that led the nation with a .659 overall winning percentage. The two combined for another great (17/28) performance in last week's opener.



Jack Flaherty '11 (Chesapeake Bayhawks) and seniors Matt Gibson (Chesapeake Bayhawks) and Greg Mahony (Boston Cannons) were drafted by MLL teams over the winter. Flaherty was taken in the supplemental draft while the current Elis got selected in the collegiate draft.



Yale, third in the latest New England poll, has four players who were honored in the pre-season voting. Matt Gibson was picked as 2012 player of the year, while M Greg Mahony, D Michael McCormack and FO Cole Yeager were also first-team selections.



Senior M Robby Berner helped the Yale men's squash team end the longest win streak in the history of college sports when the Bulldogs beat Trinity in January… Freshman M James Tjarksen is the son of a former Yale football player, Michael Tjarksen '86… Sophomore M Jackson Logie's dad, Scott Logie '85, played hockey at Yale.



Andy Shay, in his ninth season at Yale, has engineered consecutive 10-win seasons, a 20-8 record, two Ivy League Tournament appearances and a regular-season Ivy League Championship in the last two springs. He guided the 2010 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 56-53 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, which shared a league title in 2010, 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.



Evan Elllis 12 and West Haven High School lacrosse coach Patrick Reed call the action on Yale All Access. All Yale home games can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com and include a 10 minute pre-game show.



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.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director