Mangan, Johnson Get First-Team Picks
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Five Yale men's lacrosse players have been named to the 2013 All-New England team, selected by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, including first-team picks Brandon Mangan and Peter Johnson.
Mangan, a junior attackman from Wantagh, N.Y., was named a Tewaaraton Award Nominee by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The All-America candidate leads the Bulldogs in points (60), goals (35) and assists (25), and is eighth in Division 1 in points per game with 4.23. There are 25 nominees for the top player in men's lacrosse this season and five will be selected on May 30 as finalists.
Mangan's performance in the Ivy League tournament pushed him past Brian Walter, a member of the 1990 Ivy title and NCAA semi-final squad, for most points by a junior. With at least one game remaining, he needs two goals to tie and three to break the single-season junior goal scoring record of 37.
Johnson (Minnetonka, MN), an All-America candidate on defense, is a 2013 first-team All-Ivy League pick and is 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 10th in the nation this season with 2.13 caused turnovers per game.
Levings (Massapequa, NY.), a junior face-off specialist, was awarded MVP of the Ivy League tournament after winning 19 of 23 face-offs in the championship against Princeton, and taking 75% of face-offs overall. Levings won 17 of 19 face-offs against Providence and 22 of 25 against Cornell this season. He ranks sixth in the nation in ground balls per game, with 7.93 and seventh in face-off percentage at 60.7%.
Oberbeck, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., provided three goals and an assist in the 9-6 victory over Penn in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament. Earlier in the year, he scored six goals, one short of the school's sophomore record set in 1958, against Albany. He is second on the team with 32 goals, and became the most prolific sophomore goal scorer in the history of Yale lacrosse in last week's victory over Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament Championship. Oberbeck netted his 31st and 32nd goals of the season against the Tigers to overtake a group of four Bulldogs for the outright lead. Tom Fagan '70, Simon Duxbury '92, Tom Zaccagnino '94 and Brian Hunt '00 all found the net 31 times in their second season.
Flaherty scored the tying, go ahead and insurance goals in a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth and has 14 goals and 24 points this spring.
The Bulldogs (11-4) won the NEILA Championship this spring with a 6-0 mark against member schools and qualified for their second straight NCAA Tournament by winning an unprecedented second Ivy League Tournament. Yale faces Penn State on Saturday at 2:30 in the first round of the national tournament.