Bulldogs Face No. 13 Princeton
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's lacrosse team (2-3, 0-1 Ivy) is back at home for the first time in two weeks with a big Ivy League contest. Saturday at noon the Bulldogs host No. 13 Princeton (4-2, 1-0) at Reese Stadium. The game airs live on Yale's All Access on yalebulldogs.com.
Brandon Mangan's 25-foot shot in traffic 33 seconds into overtime gave Yale an 8-7 win over Princeton a year ago at Class of '52 Field. Johnathan Falcone '11 made 11 saves for the Blue, including the biggest one in OT, while Tyler Fiorito stopped seven Yale shots. Cole Yeager won 11 of 18 face-offs, including the one in extra time.
The Tigers lead the series 69-21-2 after last year's 8-7 Yale win in New Jersey.
BLUE CLOSE AT ITHACA
Matt Gibson, Brandon Mangan and Conrad Oberbeck each had two goals, but it wasn't enough to give the Blue a win at Cornell last Saturday. The Big Red scored late to take a one-goal lead and held on for the 8-7 win. The Elis had a 33-30 advantage in shots and jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first quarter with three consecutive tallies from those Bulldogs. Jack Meyer had six saves in the Yale net.
Yale opened the season with lopsided wins over St. John's and Albany at home before falling by a goal to Sacred Heart at Reese Stadium. The Elis went on the road the last two weeks and came up short against No. 11 Lehigh and No. 3 Cornell.
The Tigers opened the season with a pair of six-goal wins (Hofstra, Manhattan) before getting stopped in close games by Johns Hopkins and North Carolina. Mike MacDonald (8-3-11 this year) had three goals and two assists and Tom Schreiber (14-13-27) had four points as Princeton crunched Penn 11-4 in New Jersey last Saturday. The Tigers' defense shut down the Quakers for more than three quarters while Tyler Fiorito (7.40, .500), who has all but one decision in net this year, made seven saves.
BULLDOG HONORS 2012
M Michael Pratt, the captain of the Bulldogs who has two goals and 12 ground balls, has played in every game since arriving in New Haven. He was named to the 2012 insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team. Pratt, who received the Winthrop Smith Award (team conditioning, inspiration, and team work) after the 2011 season, 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 17 points, including eight 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 (8 goals, 12 points, 5 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 (Wayne, Pa.) was Yale's top face-off specialist last year and led the Ivies with a .648 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 has a .518 mark this season.
Sophomore Dylan Levings has been sharing face-off time with Cole Yeager, who typically starts the game. However, Levings ranks sixth in the nation with a .635 face-off win percentage. He is 22nd in ground balls (5.0). Levings was the backup on the X last year but still led the team with a .726 win percentage. He did not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings.
Conrad Oberbeck, a freshman from Greenwich, Conn., leads the team with 12 goals and is second with 14 points. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on March 12 for his five goals in two games. Oberbeck, an attackman who played at Brunswick School, ranks seventh in Division I with a .545 shot percentage.
Two members of the Yale defense have been leaders in taking the ball away from opponents. Junior Peter Johnson ranks eighth Division I in caused turnovers with 2.20, while classmate Michael McCormack is 12th (2.0).
Here's how Yale looks compared to the other Division I teams.
Scoring: 11.60 (12th)
Defense: 9.0 (22nd)
Face-off: .580 (12th)
Shot Pct: .315 (18th)
Ground Balls: 33.8 (11th)
Caused T.O.: 8.8 (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, sixth 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 56-56 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 Ellis 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