Friars At Reese Tonight

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – The No. 16 Yale men's lacrosse team (4-3, 1-2 Ivy) returns to Reese Stadium tonight to take on Providence College (7-3, 1-2 Big East) in a break from Ivy League action.  The Bulldogs, fresh off their overtime victory at No. 13 Penn last weekend, square off with the Friars at 7 p.m. in a game that airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com.

 

VS. PROVIDENCE

Yale has won all five meetings with Providence since an 11-5 decision opened the series in 2006 at Boca Raton, Fla. Last season, the Bulldogs topped the Friars 9-6 at the Friar Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

 

LAST MEETING

Yale secured its second of nine straight straight victories, 9-6 on a Tuesday night at the Friar Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The Bulldogs led in almost every important statistical category and dominated in shots taken (35-16), ground balls (30-19), and turnovers (25-15). Deron Dempster and Matt Gibson '13 provided the bulk of the scoring, tallying four and three goals respectively. Michael McCormack led the stifling defensive effort, causing five turnovers, while Peter Johnson scooped up five ground balls.

 

LAST SATURDAY

The Bulldogs emerged victorious in a 7-6 overtime battle over No. 11/13 Penn at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Eric Natale snagged a point-blank Quaker try, sending possession downfield to Brandon Mangan who dished to Kirby Zdrill for the dagger, a quick-stick flip that ended with a Bulldog celebration. Brandon Mangan scored four goals and assisted two others as the Bulldogs outshot the Quakers 40-27. Peter Johnson caused five turnovers and scooped up six ground balls, while Michael McCormack caused another pair of turnovers and scooped up five grounders of his own. Eric Natale ended the day with 10 saves.

 

PROVIDENCE IN 2013

A much improved Providence program (7-3, 1-2 Big East) has won more games this season than its previous three springs combined (5). The Friars got off to a blazing start, winning five-straight, but stumbled and dropped the next three. They head to Reese Stadium riding the momentum of two straight wins, beating Bryant (10-9), and Rutgers (10-9 OT).

 

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

In its first seven games, Yale faced five nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 19/20 Albany, No. 17/17 Fairfield, No. 11/13 Penn, No. 10/11 Princeton and No. 2/2 Cornell.

 

ELI PRECEDENT

In 2010, the Bulldogs lost their first two Ivy League games, before winning out and capturing a share of the Ivy League title. Last season, the Bulldogs lost their first two Ivy League games, caught fire and won their next nine games en route to an Ivy League tournament title and their first NCAA tournament appearance in 20 years.

 

IVY LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brandon Mangan was awarded Ivy League player of the week after leading the Bulldogs with six points and four goals in their overtime 7-6 victory over No. 13 Penn.

 

filed by Wes Moyer '12, Yale Sports Publicity Intern