FIRST ROAD GAME IS BATTLE OF RANKED TEAMS
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 15 Yale men's lacrosse team (2-1) hits the road for the first time this year when the Bulldogs take on Lehigh (4-1) this Sunday at Bethlehem, Pa., at 1 pm. The game at the Ulrich Sports Complex also marks the first ranked opponent for the 2012 Bulldogs, who take on the No. 16 Mountain Hawks.
Yale and Lehigh have met eight times. The Mountain Hawks trounced the Blue in the first, in 1918, but Yale has taken the last seven. The most recent game was in 2011. The last meeting at Reese Stadium was a 10-6 decision in 2011. Five of the meetings have been at New Haven, one has been at Lehigh (2010) and the other two at neutral sites during spring break.
A second-half offensive explosion propelled then No. 18 Yale to a 10-6 victory over Lehigh at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs broke open a 3-2 intermission with three straight goals and seven of the next eight tallies before allowing the defense to close the deal. Matt Gibson had three goals and four points.
SHU SLIPS PAST BLUE
A five-goal lead in the middle of the second quarter wasn't enough for Yale to remain unbeaten. Sacred Heart erased a 7-2 deficit with six straight goals and then held off a late Bulldog rally to take a 13-12 game on Tuesday night. The Pioneers (1-3) won 16 of 28 face-offs and prevented Yale from having the ball enough to mount a comeback until the Bulldogs scored four of the last five goals during the fourth quarter. That was too little and just too late for an Eli team that had the edge in shots (42-27) and ground balls (35-30) and committed nine less turnovers. Brandon Mangan and Greg Mahony each had three goals, while Matt Miller hit the net twice and had one assist and Conrad Oberbeck chipped in a pair of scores.
The Mountain Hawks, who won 6-2 at VMI Tuesday afternoon, already have wins over two (North Carolina, Penn) ranked teams on the road. Lehigh, which has a four-game win streak and has allowed under four goals per game during the run, got 10 goals from last week's Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, Matt Poillon. Roman Lao-Gosney led the offense with a pair of goals.
BULLDOG HONORS 2012
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 leads the 2012 team 13 points, while he is second with six goals. Gibson was a 2010 second-team All-Ivy pick and is Yale's active career scoring point leader. His brother, Brendan, captain the Blue in 2010.
Gibson on Yale Career Lists
MAHONY LOWE'S CANDIDATE
Greg Mahony (7 goals, 9 points, 3 GP) 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.
Junior Cole Yeager entered the week 21st in Division I with a .577 faceoff percentage. Last year, his first as Yale's top face-off specialist, 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.
Here's how Yale looks compared to the other Division I teams.
Scoring: 16.0 (2nd)
Defense: 6.5 (3rd)
Face-off: .615 (7th)
Scoring Margin: 9.5 (1st)
Shot Pct: .386 (3rd)
Ground Balls: 39.5 (4th)
Caused T.O.: 9.5 (9th)
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, second 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.
HEAD COACH ANDY SHAY
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 56-54 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.
CALLING THE ACTION
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