No. 20 Yale Wins 2nd Straight
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The No. 20 Yale Bulldogs dominated Sacred Heart in all facets of the game en route to a 14-6 win over the Pioneers on Tuesday night at Campus Field to increase their record to 2-1. Eight different players found the net and the defense held SHU to two goals in the first half to get a second straight win.
Going up against the nation's sixth best face-off man (Sacred Heart's Stephen Kontos), Dylan Levings had to battle tough. "We think Kontos is phenomenal. We knew it would be a challenge for Dylan and I think he gutted it out for sure," said Andy Shay, the Ryan & Forst Family Head Coach.
Levings played physically to get his team points when he could. After the second face-off in the second quarter, Levings refused to give up on the ground ball until finally lifting it out of a cluster of people with one hand in the offensive corner. Noticing most of the defenders were surrounding him, he launched it to freshman Mark Glicini, who was standing alone in front of the net. Glicini faked high and shot low to score and bring the score to 4-1. "I kind of looked up and I'm not an offensive guy, but Glicini was just there," Levings said.
Although winning the draw was tough, the Bulldogs managed to create turnovers and hustled for ground balls to get the possessions they needed. The defense held Sacred Heart to 22 shots overall, and goalie Eric Natale put up 10 saves.
The Elis' attack is getting harder to defend each game. It had eight different goal scorers and nine of the 14 goals were assisted. "It shows we're an unselfish group, and that's what we want," said Shay. Junior Brandon Mangan led the day with four goals and three assists, giving him 16 points in the Bulldog's first 3 games of the season. That matters less to him than the getting the win. "I'm not really too focused on that. We're 2-1, that's the big stat here. We have to keep on winning."
Junior Conrad Oberbeck contributed with 3 goals and 1 assist, while senior Kirby Zdrill found the net twice, in what seems to be his signature fashion. "It was pretty typical on the man-up. We ran through our play but we didn't have anything, so my job after that is to cut inside and Mangan will feed me like he usually does," said Zdrill. Senior Michael Lipin, junior Ryan McCarthy, sophomores Colin Flaherty and Harry Kucharzyk, and Glicini all added to the Yale lead. The Elis really stepped it up in second quarter, scoring 6 goals to Sacred Heart's 1, giving the Bulldogs an 8-2 lead at halftime. The Pioneers could not come back, and in the second half, the closest the game ever got was a six goal differential in the 3rd quarter, 10-4.
Finishing up strong, the Elis are happy with their win. Senior Captain Michael McCormack talked about his team's hard work: "It was great. It was definitely another great team effort. We didn't have much preparation - only one day between Albany and this game, so it was a great mental day. We really sucked it out for 60 minutes."
Filed by Lilli Janney '13, Yale Sports Publicity Student Assistant