Two of the Nation's Hottest Teams Meet at Reese
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two of the hottest teams in the country meet Friday night at Reese Stadium in a matchup of nationally ranked men's lacrosse teams. No. 20 Yale (7-4), winners of five straight, hosts the No. 19 Bryant Bulldogs (11-2), who have 10 consecutive victories, at 7:00 in the final non-league game for both squads.
Yale, ranked 14th a year ago, overcame an early deficit to register a 9-8 win over Bryant at the Bryant Turf Complex. Greg Mahony led the Elis with three goals and four points while Brian Douglass had two goals and two assists. Matt Gibson (1-2-3) and Ryan McCarthy (1-1-2) were the other Yale players with multiple-point nights. Bryant had more shots (39-32) and ground balls (35-27) and eight fewer turnovers.
Bryant, new to Division lacrosse in 2010, took the first ever meeting between the schools 9-7 at Reese Stadium that year. Yale grabbed the 2011 game 9-8 in Rhode Island.
BULLDOGS BEAT SEAWOLVES
Greg Mahony found the net at 2:54 of OT, his third goal of the night, to give the Blue a 9-8 win at Stony Brook on Monday. Yale got behind 4-1 after two quarters before rallying for three of the next four tallies to cut the margin to one in the third. The Bulldogs were down 7-5 and then hit the net three times over the last eight minutes of regulation to send the game to the extra session. Yale outshot Stony Brook 43-22 and had 10 more ground balls than the home team. The Seawolves (4-8), who have never beaten the Blue, had seven more turnovers than the Elis. Jack Meyer made five saves for the Elis.
BRYANT EDGES BOBCATS
Freshman Brain Schlansker recorded his first-career hat trick to lead Bryant to a 9-5 win over Northeast Conference foe Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon at the QU Lacrosse Field. Schlansker, who entered the game with five goals, hit the net twice as part of a five-goal Bulldog spurt in the first half and completed the hat trick late in third quarter.
The Bulldogs of Rhode Island rank No. 1 in Division I in face-offs and ground balls. They are also top 10 in defense and caused turnovers. Kevin Massa is No. 4 in the nation with a .646 face-off mark, while goalie Jameson Love is third in save percentage and ninth in goals against average.
10 OT SESSIONS
The 10 overtime sessions this spring are the most ever by a Yale team. Yale played a five-OT game against Princeton, a four-OT contest against Brown and went one extra frame against Bryant. Prior to the Princeton game, the Bulldogs had not gone to OT since 2009, a season with three, single-session OTs. The previous high for OT sessions in a season was six by the 1994 Elis.
The Elis are No. 20 for the second straight week 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 had not been ranked since the second week in March but received votes two weeks prior to jumping back into the top 20.
Bryant is the fourth ranked team the Elis face this year. 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.
The Ivy League Tournament, which began in 2010 and has been hosted by Cornell (top seed) the last two years, has included Yale both times. The Bulldogs make their third straight appearance in the league playoffs next month at either Cornell or Princeton. Click here for the Ivy League standings.
BULLDOG HONORS 2012
- 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; insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy; Ivy Honor Roll (March 19); Ivy Player of the Week (April 9); Ivy Honor Roll (April 16)
- League Team; insidelacrosse.com 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): insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season H.M. 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 H.M. All-America
- Deron Dempster '13 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (April 2)
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 37 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.
Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, N.Y.) scored 14 goals over his last four games. The first two of those produced Ivy League Player of the Week honors. Gibson leads the 2012 team with 37 points and 24 goals and has sparked the five-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, Gibson is fifth on the Yale career points list with 148. His brother, Brendan, was the 2010 Yale captain.
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: (11), 24-13-37
Gibson on Yale Career Lists
- Points: 5th (148)
- Goals: 9th (90)
- Assists: 10th (58)
MAHONY LOWE'S CANDIDATE
Greg Mahony (14 goals, 20 points, 11 GP), who led the Blue with three goals and the OT winner at Stony Brook on April 16, 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, who ranks No. 5 in the nation with a .641 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 five double-digit win outings this season and is 15th in ground balls (5.6) in Division I. Levings, who honed the skill as the backup to Cole Yeager last year, had .726 win percentage with 84 attempts.
Conrad Oberbeck, a freshman from Greenwich, Conn., has a goal in nine of the 11 games and leads the Yale class of 2015 with 18 goals and 24 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.
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 17th Division I with 1.8.
Junior A Deron Dempster is among the hottest Yale offensive players with 15 goals over his last five 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 17 this season.
Sophomore Jack Meyer (8.53, .452) 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 eight games and has 61saves overall in nine 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 this season and has 13 saves.
Here's how Yale looks compared to the other Division I teams.
Scoring: 11.0 (17th)
Defense: 9.1 (21st)
Face-off: .595 (6th)
Ground Balls: 33.0 (12th)
Caused T.O.: 9.2 (5th)*
Shot Pct: .297 (24th)
*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
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. The 2012 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, fourth 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.
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 61-57 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.
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
Matt Gibson image by Jeanne Clark Lippin