April 13, 2012

Friday Night Showdown at Brown

No. 20 Yale Takes on Bears

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After winning three straight games, the Yale men's lacrosse team (5-4, 2-2 Ivy) has moved into the No. 20 spot in the latest USILA rankings and is a serious contender for post-season play. Another big league game is on tap for the Bulldogs this Friday night with a trip to Brown (4-6, 1-2) for a 7:00 face-off at Stevenson Field.

 

LAST MEETING

Matt Gibson had two goals and two assists while Brian Douglass '11 hit the net twice to lead Yale to a 10-6 win over the Bears at Reese Stadium last April. The Elis had the edge in shots (34-30) after turning things around over the last 30 minutes. Colin Still and Brandon Mangan had a goal and assist each with other Yale tallies coming from Greg Mahony, Michael Lipin, Andrew Cordia and Jack Flaherty '11, one of the 11 seniors playing their final game at Reese.

 

VS. BROWN

Brown leads the series 34-19 but the Bulldogs have taken the last two. 

 

BULLDOGS BEAT BIG GREEN

Eight different Bulldogs hit the net as they erased an early deficit and exploded for a 13-11 win over Dartmouth in a crucial Ivy League contest at Scully-Fahey Field last Saturday. Matt Gibson led all scorers with four goals off eight shots taken.  Deron Dempster and Conrad Oberbeck each had two goals and three points.   Jack Meyer stopped five shots to earn his third straight win in net, while defenseman Michael McCormack notched a game-best five caused turnovers.

 

BEARS OVER QUAKERS

Senior Rob Schlesinger's unassisted goal with 11 seconds left lifted Brown to its first Ivy win, 11-10, over Penn at Franklin Field last Saturday night. Like the Elis, Saturday's win gets the Bears back in contention for an Ivy playoff berth. Sam Hurster (18-4-22) led the Brown attack with three goals. Parker Brown (13-11-24), Dan O'Brien and Nick Piroli (17-5-22) netted two goals each.

 

RANKINGS

The Elis are No. 20 in the latest USILA rankings. Yale opened the season with a No. 18 ranking and moved up to 16th after wins over St. John's and Albany. The Bulldogs have not been ranked since the second week in March but received votes two weeks prior to jumping back into the top 20.

 

RANKED OPPONENTS

The Blue played three straight games against ranked opponents and fell by six goals combined. The last two (Cornell, Princeton) were one-goal games, including a five-OT affair with the Tigers.

 

BULLDOG BITES

If Yale beats Brown, it will be in the same position it was a year ago: 3-2 in league play with two games left… The Elis are trying to make their third straight Ivy playoff appearance… Brandon Mangan has five multiple-goal outings this spring… Matt Gibson's seven shots on goal against Dartmouth were a Yale season-high… The Blue is 2-2 on the road this year.

 

 BULLDOG HONORS 2012

CAPTAIN

M Michael Pratt, the captain of the Bulldogs, has meant so much more to this team than any stats he has accumulated. Pratt, who has five goals and 28 ground balls, has been a leader while playing 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.

 

GIBSON

Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, N.Y.) scored seven goals and had eight points over two Yale victories last week. A productive week like that deserves recognition, so it's no surprise that the senior attackman was named Ivy League Player of the Week. He scored three times and had an assist in the win at Providence last Tuesday before hitting the net four times in the 13-11 victory at Dartmouth on Saturday. Gibson leads the 2012 team with 30 points and 17 goals following the huge two-game set that propelled the Elis to a three-game win streak and a No. 20 ranking. Matt is a two-time honorable mention All-America selection and 2011 first-team All-Ivy pick who was named on the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. A 2010 second-team All-Ivy pick, he is tied with his brother, Brendan, captain of the 2010 team, for seventh place on the Yale career points list with 141.

 

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: (9), 17-13-30

 

Gibson on Yale Career Lists

 

MAHONY LOWE'S CANDIDATE

Greg Mahony (11 goals, 17 points, 9 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.

 

LEVINGS

Sophomore Dylan Levings, who ranks No. 5 in the nation with a .636 face-off mark, continues to dominate on the X. He has been one of the keys to Yale's three-game win streak, and his performance in league play has been crucial. Levings has been even better (.692) against Ivy foes, taking 45 of 65 battles, including a career-best 17 wins in 23 face-offs against Penn on March 31. He has four double-digit win outings this season and is 16th in ground balls (6.3) in Division I. Levings, who honed the skill as the backup to Cole Yeager last year, had .726 win percentage with 84 attempts.

 

OBERBECK

Conrad Oberbeck, a freshman from Greenwich, Conn., has a goal in seven of the nine games and leads the Yale class of 2015 with 16 goals and 21 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.

 

DEFENSE

Two members of the Yale defense have been leaders in taking the ball away from opponents. Junior Michael McCormack is fifth (2.4) in the country in caused turnovers. He had a season-high five at Providence and at Dartmouth. Junior Peter Johnson ranks 16th Division I with 1.8.

DEMPSTER

Junior A Deron Dempster is the hottest Yale offensive player with 11 goals over his last three (Penn, PC, Dartmouth) 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 the same this season. 

IN GOAL

Sophomore Jack Meyer (8.60, .462) has settled in as the Yale starter in goal. He had his best and longest day as a collegiate goalie against Princeton (14 saves) on March 24. Meyer has started the last six games and has 48 saves overall in eight games this season. He ranks 16th in Division I 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.

 

TEAM RANKINGS

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

 

Scoring: 11.0 (16th)

Defense: 9.0 (17th)

Face-off: .589 (7th)

Ground Balls: 31.8 (14th)

Caused T.O.: 9.1 (6th)*

 Shot Pct: .307 (19th)

*tops in Ivy League

 

LAST TIME IN YALE LACROSSE

A Yale Player in a Game had…

5 Goals... Deron Dempster (5-0-5 vs. Penn, March 31, 2012)

75% Face-Off Success*… Dylan Levings (17/22, .765, vs. Penn, March 31, 2012)

Double-digit Ground Balls… Cole Yeager (14 at Georgetown, April 23, 2011)

Double-digit Saves… Jack Meyer (14 vs. Princeton, March 24, 2012)

Scored Off Opening F.O... Dan Kallaugher (6 seconds in vs. Lehigh, April 5, 2003)

*min. 20 attempts

 

MLL DRAFT

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.

LONGEST GAME

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.

 

NEILA PICKS

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.

 

YALE CONNECTIONS

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.

 

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 59-57 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.

 

IVY TITLES

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

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