Bulldogs Begin Defense Of Tourney Title

Bulldogs-Quakers Friday at 5 p.m.

 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's lacrosse team (9-4, 4-2 Ivy) has made the Ivy
League Tournament for the fourth straight year and faces No. 17/18 Penn (8-4, 3-3 Ivy)
Friday at 5 p.m. at Cornell's Schoellkopf Field. The No. 13 Bulldogs, winners of its last
four Ivy League matchups, are the defending tournament champions. The game airs live
on ESPN3.


TOURNEY TIDBITS
The No. 2 seed Elis and No. 3 Quakers play in the first semifinal. Top-seed Cornell
(12-2, 6-0, ranked 2/2), hosting its third Ivy Tournament, and No. 4 Princeton (8-5, 3-3,
ranked 15/15) square off at 8 p.m. Both semifinals air live on ESPN3. Sunday's 11 am
championship contest is on ESPNU. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic
berth in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


VS. PENN
The Bulldogs own a 48-27 lead over the Quakers in a series that began in 1919. Yale
earned a 7-6 overtime victory on the road at Penn last month, and has won four of the
last five meetings.


LAST MEETING
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 overtime
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,
selected as Ivy League Player of the Week, 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.


LAST SATURDAY
The Bulldogs outlasted Harvard 11-10 to get their first win at Harvard stadium since
2007, secure the No. 2 seed and end the Crimson's season. Up one with 30 seconds left,
goalie Eric Natale halted a pair of enemy shots to extinguish Harvard's comeback and
preserve the victory. Kirby Zdrill led the scoring, tying his career-high with four goals,
while both Brandon Mangan and Conrad Oberbeck provided a pair of goals and three
points. Peter Johnson caused four turnovers and scooped up three ground balls, whereas
Captain Michael McCormack caused two and scooped up five.


PENN IN 2013
Penn opened the season victors in five of its first six games, including three over
nationally ranked opponents. The Quakers dropped three of its next four contests, losing
to Cornell, Yale and Harvard, before finishing with a pair of victories.

YALE IN IVY TOURNEY
The Bulldogs seek its second consecutive Ivy Tournament title this weekend.
Yale enters as a No. 2 seed for the first time; they were a No. 3 seed in 2012
and 2010 (6-7, Princeton) and a No. 4 two years ago (7-11, Cornell).


YALE IN POST SEASON
The Bulldogs have played 10 postseason games including six in NCAA
Tournaments and four in the Ivy League Tournament. Yale is 2-4 in NCAA
games and 2-2 in Ivy appearances.

FOUR BULLDOGS NAMED ALL-IVY
Four Bulldogs earned 2013 All-Ivy League honors. Peter Johnson received
his second-consecutive first-team honor on defense. Brandon Mangan and
Michael McCormack were second-team selection, while Kirby Zdrill was
honorable mention.

MANGAN FOR TEWAARATON
Junior Brandon Mangan has been named a Tewaaraton Award Nominee by
the Tewaaraton Foundation. There are 25 nominees for the top player in
men's lacrosse this season and five will be selected on May 30 as finalists.

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.

ELI PRECEDENT
The Bulldogs, after opening Ivy League play 0-2, won four straight conference matchups to clinch the No. 2 spot in the Ivy League
Tournament. 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.

SENIORS
The class of 2013, with nine 2013 victories thus far, have become the fifth class in the 131-year history of Bulldog lacrosse to reach
40 wins.

CAPTAIN
D Michael McCormack (West Islip, NY.), an All-America candidate, has caused 16 turnovers and scooped up 48 ground balls this season. Last spring, he led Eli defensemen with 55 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers. McCormack, the captain, was secondteam
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.

JOHNSON
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 and ninth in the nation this season with 2.23 caused turnovers
per game. 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.

LEVINGS
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 ground balls per game, with 7.62. 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.

MANGAN
Junior Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.), an All-America candidate, leads the Bulldogs in points (55), goals (32) and assists (23),
and is eighth in Division 1 in points per game with 4.23. 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.

OBERBECK
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 27 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.

ZDRILL
Kirby Zdrill is the third most efficient scorer in the nation, connecting on 53.1% of shots this year. The Edmonton, Alberta native is
third on the team in goals scored with 26.

NATALE
Goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) ranks 11th in the nation in goals-against average (8.15). The sophomore has made a careerhigh
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.

FLAHERTY
Sophomore Colin Flaherty scored the tying, go ahead and insurance goals in a 7-5
come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth.

YALE CONNECTIONS
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.

 

filed by Wes Moyer '12, Yale Sports Publicity Intern

Dylan Levings image by Jeanne Clark Lipin

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