No. 20 Yale Takes on Sacred Heart
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 20 Yale men's lacrosse team (1-1), fresh off a 15-8 victory over Albany last Saturday, heads 20 miles West to take on Sacred Heart tonight at 7 p.m. at Campus Field.
VS. SACRED HEART
Tuesday marks the third ever meeting between the two Nutmeg State schools with the series tied at 1-1. Yale won the first meeting 21-11 in 2002 at Boca Raton, Fl. whereas the Pioneers won 13-12 last season at Reese Stadium.
Yale jumped out to a five-goal lead midway through the second quarter before Sacred Heart caught fire and scored the next six goals. The Bulldog put together a strong fourth quarter rally, scoring four of the last five goals, but fell just short 13-12. Brandon Mangan and Greg Mahony '12 each tallied three goals while Conrad Oberbeck twice found an opening between the poles. Captain Michael McCormack led the way on defense, picking up eight ground balls and causing four turnovers.
The Bulldogs got their first win of the 2013 season, 15-8 last Saturday at Albany. The Blue took a lead with a minute left in the first quarter and never relented, outscoring the Great Danes in each quarter the rest of the way. Sophomore Conrad Oberbeck led the onslaught with six goals, one short of the school sophomore record set in 1958, and an assist, junior Brandon Mangan netted four goals and an assist and four other Dogs tallied a goal. The Yale defense caused 11 turnovers, picked up 15 more ground balls than Albany, and Dylan Levings won 16 of 25 faceoffs, including 10 of 13 in the second half.
SACRED HEART IN 2013
The Pioneers head into Tuesday's matchup winless after their first three games. They dropped their home opener 11-9 last weekend to Holy Cross, and fell to Hofstra (14-9) and Marist (15-12) before that.
The class of 2013 boasted 31 career wins over its first three years, the most by a class heading into its senior year since 1993. The seniors (1-1) need 14 more wins this season to tie the class of '91, which has the most (46) victories in Yale lacrosse history.
D Michael McCormack (West Islip, NY.) caused two turnovers and scooped up five ground balls last weekend. Last season he led Eli defensemen with 55 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers last season, returns as captain. McCormack was second-team All-Ivy League and first-team All-New England last season after averaging 2.16 caused turnovers per game, good for sixth nationally. He has been selected for pre-season All-Ivy League and All-America squads by insidelacrosse.com.
Senior Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, MN) leads the team in caused turnovers after the first two games. A first-team All-Ivy and honorable mention All-American, he caused 1.81 turnovers (16th in D1) per game last season. Johnson has been selected as pre-season All-Ivy League and All-America by insidelacrosse.com.
Junior Dylan Levings (Massapequa, NY.) has won 28 of 46 faceoffs (.601) and scooped up 19 ground balls in the first two games of the season. Last year Levings stepped onto the X 297 times, and his .632 win percentage was No. 4 in the nation. A huge factor behind Yale's success, Levings was even better (.701) in league games. Against Harvard last year, he won the first six face-offs and nine of the last 10, which earned him New England (NEILA) Player of the Week honors. He had 10 double-digit win outings last season and was ninth in ground balls (6.63) in Division I.
Junior Brandon Mangon (Wantagh, NY.) leads the Bulldogs in points with nine and is second in goals with six over the first two contests. Yale's active career goal leader started 28 games over his first two years, earning Ivy Honor Roll twice last spring before catching fire in the postseason and tallying seven goals. Not afraid of pressure, he drained a game winning overtime goal against Princeton his freshman year.
Conrad Oberbeck, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., scored six goals, one short of the school's sophomore record set in 1958, against Albany. Last season, he scored a goal in 10 of the 16 games last year, and finished atop the Yale class of 2015 with 20 goals and 26 points. He received Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on March 12 for his five goals in two games. Oberbeck, an attackman, played at Brunswick School before coming to New Haven.
Sophomore goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) made a career-high 12 saves in the 15-8 win over Albany. Last season, he started two games (both wins) and played five games overall. He made two saves in a 2012 start against St. John's and stopped six shots in a win over Albany.
Junior Jack Meyer (Manhasset, NY) began 2012 as the backup, but got a chance to win the job and started the final 13 games last season. His best and longest day as a collegiate goalie came against Princeton on March 24, during which he had 14 saves in a 5 OT contest at Reese. Meyer excelled in the post season, earning All-Ivy Tournament goalie honors with 22 saves over the two victories. He finished with 118 saves last season and ranked 14th in Division I with 8.70 saves per game. Meyer, a baritone who has been singing for eight years, almost chose music over playing lacrosse at Yale. He took voice lessons and entertained the idea of going to a music conservatory (got into Oberlin, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon programs) before coming to Yale. Before coming to New Haven, Meyer sang in the all-state chorus (solo) and was elected to the All-Eastern Seaboard Choir.
Sophomore M James Tjarksen is the son of a former Yale football player, Michael Tjarksen '86… Junior M Jackson Logie's dad, Scott Logie '85, played hockey at Yale… Freshman Jonathon Reese is the son of Jon Reese '90, the school's all-time leading lacrosse scorer and captain of the 1989 Football team.
3 ON WATCH LIST
Three Yale players have been named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Men's "Watch List." Brandon Mangan, Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson have all been included on the pre-season list for the top male lacrosse player in the U.S.
The eight New England head coaches vote each week to determine who should be considered the best in this region. Here's the latest.
Brandon Mangan (A), Michael McCormack (D), Peter Johnson (D) and Dylan Levings (FO) have all been named pre-season All-New England.
A season full of accomplishments, Yale had its…
- most (11) wins since 1992
- longest (9) win streak since 1990
- most (3) first-team All-Ivy picks since 1990
- first Ivy Tournament title
- third straight Ivy Tournament appearance
- third straight 10+ win season
Yale has played in all three Ivy League Tournaments and has an overall 2-2 record. The Elis, 2012 champions, are 1-1 against both Cornell and Princeton. The Bulldogs played at Ithaca twice (2010, 2011) and were at Princeton last May.
After last season's NCAA berth, Yale has played in the NCAAs four (1988, 90, 92, 2012) times and are 2-4 overall. The best run came in 1990 when the Blue beat Princeton in the quarters before falling in OT to Loyola at Rutgers Stadium in the semis.
Both Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were selected in the seventh round of the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. The Rochester Rattlers bit on McCormack at 51, the Charlotte Hounds barked at Johnson for the 52nd pick. Former Yale standout Matt Gibson '12 was named the 2012 MLL Cascade Rookie of the Year after leading all rookies with 33 points, including 18 goals. Taken with the 33rd pick of the 2012 draft, Gibson's strong performance helped lead the Long Island Lizards to the playoffs.
HEAD COACH ANDY SHAY
Andy Shay, who in 2012 finished his ninth season of his first collegiate head coaching job, has engineered a 31-13 mark over the last three seasons and has three consecutive 10-plus win seasons. He also directed the Bulldogs to three straight Ivy League Tournament appearances, a 2012 Ivy Tournament Title, a 2010 regular-season Ivy League Championship and Yale's first NCAA appearance in 20 years. His position was endowed after the 2012 season and he is now the Ryan and Forst Family Head Coach. 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 that campaign. Shay, whose defenses have been ranked in the nation's top 10 the last three seasons including 2012, coached his eighth consecutive top 10 ranked face-off unit. Shay (66-58 overall), 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 under Greg Cannella. During his tenure, the Minutemen won two ECAC championships and three New England titles. UMass posted an impressive 37-9 overall record in his last three seasons.
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.
Here are the names that might be challenging for you to pronounce.
No. Name Pronunciation
20 Michael Bonacci bo-notch-ee
26 Alirio DeMeireles ah-lerio da-meer-les
16 Mark Glicini gle-SEE-nee
30 Harry Kucharczyk ka-char-ZICK
34 Jackson Logie low-gee
22 Brandon Mangan MAN-gan
37 Eric Natale nuh-TAL-ee
1 Reilly Naton nay-tin
17 Alex Otero OH-tear-o
38 James Tjarksen JARK-son
47 Kirby Zdrill ZA-drill
filed by Wes Moyer, Yale Sports Publicity Intern