Elis Perform Well at Christian Prince Tourney

Michael McCormack (Dave Burbank)
Michael McCormack (Dave Burbank)

Bulldogs Get Ready For 2013

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Although no one was keeping score at Yale's sixth annual Christian Prince Memorial Tournament on Oct. 14, the Bulldogs ended their 2012 fall season with strong performances against UMass and Rutgers.  


Yale outscored its opposition during the four, 20-minute running quarters.  Head coach Andy Shay has high expectations for the 2013 Yale Bulldogs, and he was satisfied with the team's effort. "I think we have a lot to work on, but I thought we played well," he said.


Newcomer Michael Bonacci, an All-American at St. Mary's in Crofton, Md., started at attack, along with junior Brandon Mangan and sophomore Conrad Oberbeck.  Mangan, Oberbeck, and sophomore Colin Flaherty were all able to find the back of the net.  The first goal of the day for the Elis did not come until there was a little over three minutes left in the first half. That's when junior Dylan Levings won his face-off and ran through three defenders to get to the net and score.  


Shay felt his squad had good ball movement, but he wants the Elis to be more productive on the attack.  "We got a fair number of shots but not all of them made it into the net.  I think the opposing goalies were very good, but we need to concentrate on finishing the ball better."  


The games were characterized by strong goalie-play on both ends.  Sophomore Eric Natale, junior Jack Meyer, and senior Peter Spaulding all had fantastic days in the net.


The Yale defense, led my new assistant coach Adrew Baxter, continued its strong defensive play with senior Peter Johnson and junior Jimmy Craft.  Freshman Michael Quinn, who was All-New England at The Hotchkiss School, was a great addition to a formidable defense.  "They were great off the ground.  We'd like to kill possessions a little sooner," Shay said.


Levings was back taking the face-offs, with senior captain Michael McCormack and sophomore Harry Kucharczyk on the wings.  Kucharczyk played long-stick defense last year and has now switched to short-stick middie. 


"He switched last year to defense at the beginning of the year, and then we switched him back to midfield this year because we felt we needed him there.  He's a great athlete.  He can do whatever we ask him to do.  It's very impressive that he could actually switch to defense as a freshman and then switch back to midfield as a sophomore and not miss a beat.  He's a huge contributor," Shay said.  


The Bulldogs look to follow up a stellar 2012 season in which they won the Ivy League Tournament Championship and went to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years.  They lost to Notre Dame in the first round of the tournament, 13-7.  


Filed by Lilli Janney '13