Ivy Tourney Seed To Be Determined
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 15/15 Yale men's lacrosse team (8-4, 3-2 Ivy), having clinched a spot in the Ivy League Tournament, heads to Boston for its regular season and Ivy League finale against longtime rival, Harvard (6-7, 2-3 Ivy) this Saturday at Harvard Stadium. The Bulldogs square off with the Crimson at two in a game that airs live on Gocrimson.com.
Yale owns a 58-35 series lead against Harvard, including last season's 10-8 win at Reese Stadium.
WHAT'S ON THE LINE
Yale can enter the Ivy League Tournament as the No. 2, 3, or 4 seed, depending on this weekend. A Yale win and Princeton loss would make the Blue No. 2. A Yale victory and a Princeton victory would see Yale as the third seed. A Bulldog victory would end Harvard's season. A Crimson victory would clinch the three seed for Harvard, and drop Yale to the four seed.
The Bulldogs matched No. 2/3 Maryland goal for goal, but came up one short, and fell 8-7. With three seconds remaining, the Blue thought they had scored the game-tying goal with their usual late-game heroics. After Maryland scored the go-ahead with 13 seconds remaining, Dylan Levings won the final faceoff, raced downfield, and dished to Harry Kucharczyk, who sent a shot off of the goalie's foot and, by Bulldog accounts, past the goal line. The referees disagreed, and the chance for an upset and the Bulldogs' sixth straight victory fell a few inches short. Brandon Mangan led the offense with two goals and an assist, while Colin Flaherty added another pair of scores. Dylan Levings won 11 of 16 faceoffs and picked up nine ground balls, whereas Eric Natale kept nine shots off the board. Yale outshot the Terrapins 48-29, but the Maryland goalie stood on his head and made 23 saves.
HARVARD IN 2013
Harvard alternated wins and losses the first seven games of the season, going 4-3. Three games later, its record sat at 4-6. Consecutive victories over Quinnipiac and Penn brought the Crimson to Princeton with momentum in their favor. They lost 14-6. Harvard, on the fringe of the Ivy League Tournament, needs a victory this weekend for a chance at a post-season run.
IVY LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
All-American candidate Brandon Mangan received his second Ivy League Player of the Week honor last week after scoring three goals and five points in the come-from-behind victory over Brown. The junior's third goal put the Bulldogs ahead for good, scoring with 4:39 to play in the fourth.
Colin Flaherty received an Ivy League player of the week award after a four-goal, six-point performance over a pair of Bulldog victories. The sophomore truly shined against Dartmouth, providing three fourth period scores to complete another Bulldog comeback.
Brandon Mangan's first Ivy League player of the week honors came after he led the Bulldogs with six points and four goals in the 7-6 overtime victory over No. 13 Penn.
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. Last week, the Bulldogs faced No. 2 Maryland.
The Bulldogs, after opening Ivy League play 0-2, have won three straight conference matchups to clinch a spot in the post-season. A win at Harvard would complete another season-ending, four-game Ivy winning streak.
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.
In 2010, the Bulldogs lost their first two Ivy League games, before winning out and capturing a share of the Ivy League title.
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. Adding their eight 2013 victories thus far, the seniors hold the fifth most victories (39) by a Yale class in the 131-year history of Bulldog lacrosse.
D Michael McCormack (West Islip, NY.), an All-America candidate, has caused 14 turnovers and scooped up 43 ground balls this season. Last spring, he led Eli defensemen with 55 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers. McCormack, the captain, 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), an All-America candidate, has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to Division I student-athletes who show notable achievement in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Johnson is first on the team this season with 25 turnovers. 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.), an All-America candidate, won 17 of 19 faceoffs against Providence and 22 of 25 against Cornell this season. He ranks sixth in the nation in faceoff percentage this season, taking 62% of his battles, and fourth in ground balls per game, with 8.08.
Levings, a huge factor behind Yale's 2012 success, won 62.9% of faceoffs, and an 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 Mangan (Wantagh, NY.), an All-America candidate, leads the Bulldogs in points (52), goals (30) (67 career) and assists (22), and is seventh in Division 1 in points per game with 4.33. The Wantagh native recorded his 100th career point against Stony Brook and has been named Ivy League Player of the Week twice this season. Yale's active career goal leader, Mangan 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. His biggest goal came early in his career, Mangan 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 earlier this year. He is second on the team lead with 25 goals. Last season, he scored in 10 of the 16 games, 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.
Kirby Zdrill is the fifth most efficient scorer in the nation, connecting on 51.2% of shots this year. The Edmonton, Alberta native is third on the team in goals scored with 22.
Goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) ranks 10th in the nation in goals-against average (7.99). The sophomore has made a career-high 12 saves twice this season, once in the 15-8 win over Albany and again in the 12-8 victory against Fairfield. 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.
Sophomore Colin Flaherty scored the tying, go ahead and insurance goals in a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth.
Sophomore M James Tjarksen is the son of a former Yale football player, Michael Tjarksen '86 and Yale women's lacrosse captain and All-American Connie Ambler '88… 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 on the top teams in the region.
1. #12 Yale
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 qualified every (4) Ivy League Tournament 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 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 zuh-DRILL