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Bulldogs, Big Green Saturday

Matt Gibson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matt Gibson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Big Ivy Game at Hanover

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two men's lacrosse teams looking for an important Ivy League win, that could have post-season tournament implications, battle this Saturday at Hanover, N.H. Yale (4-4, 1-2 Ivy) and Dartmouth (2-6, 0-2) square off at Scully-Fahey Field at 1 p.m. 


Yale took a 9-7 game before 1,876 on Reese Stadium Dedication Day last April 9. The Eli defense held the visitors scoreless for 39 straight minutes while building a six-goal lead early in the fourth quarter. The final score was not indicative of the way the game was played. The Elis dominated in all facets, including shots (48-31), ground balls (37-21) and face-offs (14-20), but let the Big Green grab some momentum over the final two minutes to tally four straight times and make it look close. Matt Gibson had two goals and two assists, Brian Douglass '11 had two goals and three points and Greg Mahony hit the net twice.


Yale, winners of two straight in the series, heads into the 80th meeting with Dartmouth holding a 46-33 advantage.



Yale erased an early deficit with four straight goals on the way to a 9-6 win at Providence on Tuesday. Deron Dempster hit the net four times while Matt Gibson had three goals and four points. The Blue had the advantage in shots (35-16), ground balls (30-19) and turnovers (25-15) to remain perfect (5-0) against Providence.  Only a 14-save performance by Friar goalie Christian Dzwilewski prevented a Bulldog blowout. Jack Meyer needed just three saves to get the win in the Yale net.  



Dartmouth opened the season with two wins and then lost the next six straight. Tuesday night at Hofstra, the Big Green fell behind early before dropping a 9-5 game. Drew Tunney (9-17-26) and Chris Costabile (14-1-15) lead the team in scoring, while Alex Del Balso (.455) has most of the work on face-offs. Fergus Campbell (11.63, .463), who had 12 saves against Hofstra, is the top Dartmouth goalie.


  • Brandon Mangan '14 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (Feb. 27); Ivy Honor Roll (March 27)
  • Conrad Oberbeck '15 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (Feb. 27, March 5); Ivy Rookie of the Week (March 12); Ivy Honor Roll (March 27)              
  • Matt Gibson '12 (A): Tewaaraton Award Watch List; Pre-Season All-Ivy; Ivy Honor Roll (March 19)
  • League Team; Pre-Season H.M All-America; Ivy Honor Roll (March 5)              
  • Greg Mahony '12 (M): Tewaaraton Award Watch List, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate
  • Michael McCormack '13 (D): Pre-Season H.M. All-America
  • Michael Pratt '12 (M): Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team
  • Cole Yeager '13 (M): Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team; Pre-Season H.M. All-America
  •  Deron Dempster '13 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (April 2)


M Michael Pratt, the captain of the Bulldogs who has four goals and 21 ground balls this season, has been a leader while playing in every game since arriving in New Haven. He was named to the 2012 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 team with 26 points and is second with 13 goals. Gibson was a 2010 second-team All-Ivy pick and is Yale's active career point leader. His brother, Brendan, captain the Blue in 2010.


Gibson by Season

Year: (GP), G-A-Pts (Notes)

2009: (13), 20-11-31 (6-point game vs. Penn)

2010: (14), 26-18-44 (HM All-America, NE Player of Year, 2nd Team All-Ivy)

2011: (12), 20-16-36 (HM All-America, 1st Team All-Ivy, All-NE)

2012: (8), 13-13-26


Gibson on Yale Career Lists

  • Points: 9th (137)
  • Goals: 13th (79)
  • Assists: 10th (58)


Greg Mahony (11 goals, 15 points, 8 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.



Sophomore Dylan Levings had a career-best day with 17 wins in 23 face-offs against Penn last week. He ranks third in the nation with a .657 face-off win percentage, while he is 11th in ground balls (6.0). He has three double-digit win outings this season. 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., scored a goal in his first six collegiate games. The streak ended on March 31 against Penn. He leads the team with 14 goals and is third with 18 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, leads all Ivy rookies in goals scored (8th among Division I rookies), and he is 12th overall in the nation with a .467 shot percentage.



Two members of the Yale defense have been leaders in taking the ball away from opponents. Junior Peter Johnson ranks 12th Division I in caused turnovers with 2.0, while classmate Michael McCormack is 21st (1.7). McCormack had a season-high five (half of Yale's total) caused turnovers at Providence.



Junior A Deron Dempster is the hottest Yale offensive player with nine goals over his last two (Penn, PC) games. The Orangeville, Ont., native did this after sitting out two contests (Cornell, Princeton) with an injury. Dempster, who had 13 goals last spring, has 11 this season. 


Sophomore Jack Meyer (8.17, .489), who had his best and longest day as a collegiate goalie against Princeton (14 saves), has started the last five games and has 43 saves overall in seven games this season. He ranks 16th in Division I for goals against average. As a newcomer in 2011, Meyer saw action in parts of three games (54 minutes). Freshman Eric Natale (8.94) started the first three games and has 13 saves.



Here's how Yale looks compared to the other Division I teams.


Scoring: 11.0 (17th)

Defense: 9.1 (18th)

Face-off: .595 (7th)

Ground Balls: 32.2 (13th)

Caused T.O.: 8.8 (9th)*


*tops in Ivy League



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.


The Yale-Princeton game, which was 78 minutes and 21 seconds, was the longest ever for both schools. The five-OT thriller surpassed the previous Yale-high, a four-OT loss to Brown on April 4, 2001 at New Haven. This year?s thriller is the second longest Ivy game (1973 Cornell-Penn went 80:00 in 5 OT). The NCAA Division I men?s record is seven extra sessions by Virginia and Maryland in 2009.



Yale, fifth 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, while his mom, Connie Ambler ?88, played lacrosse and field hockey for the Bulldogs.  She was instrumental in building lax in her area of Wisconsin for boys and girls.



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 58-57 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 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 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