Bulldogs Open with St. John's Saturday

Bulldogs Open with St. John's Saturday


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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – The Yale men's lacrosse team, ranked 13th in this week's USILA poll and coming off a 2013 Ivy Tournament title and its second consecutive NCAA appearance, opens the 2014 season this Saturday by hosting No. 19 St. John's. The 1:30 p.m. face-off at Reese Stadium can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.



The Bulldogs opened the 2013 season with a 10-9 loss to the Red Storm in New York. That ended a string of two straight opening day wins over St. John's.  The Bulldogs are 7-1 against St. Johns since the series began 1989.  Yale has outscored St. John's 99-64 in the eight meetings.



Five different Bulldogs hit the net in the one-goal decision at DaSilva Memorial Field last season. The Elis led several important statistical categories, including shots (48-23), ground balls (32-18), and face-offs won (13-9).  Kirby Zdrill '13 led the scoring with 3-0-3 while Brandon Mangan '14 led the team in points, 2-2-4. In addition, Sean Shakespeare '15 scored twice while Michael Lipin '13 and Conrad Oberbeck '15 each added a goal.  Dylan Levings '14 won 13 of 22 face-offs while scooping up nine ground balls.



Tickets will be required for admission to all 2014 Yale Men's Lacrosse games.

Season Pass

Adult:  $39
Youth (12 & Under): $27
Senior (Over 62): $27


Single Game Tickets

Adult: $8
Youth (12 & Under): $5
Senior (Over 62): $5
Yale Student: FREE
Yale Student Guest: $5


Group Tickets (25+)

Adult: $6
Youth (12 & Under): $3

Tickets can be purchased:
                * Online at https://athletics.ticketing.yale.edu/online/article/mlax
                * By Phone at 203-432-1400 or in-person at the Yale Athletics Ticket Office
                * On game-day at the Reese Stadium box office

There is also a $5 parking fee for on-site parking at Reese Stadium.



The Elis played two scrimmages prior to the season opener.  Yale played Feb. 8 at Stony Brook and Feb. 16 against Tufts at Reese Stadium.



Kieran McArdle had three goals and four assists as No. 19 St. Johns opened the 2014 season with a 15-14 win over Holy Cross last Sunday.  The Red Storm, 9-4 last season, enjoyed their most wins since the program was reinstated in 2005.



Senior M Donal Flaherty is the brother of current Bulldog Colin Flaherty…  St. John's assistant coach Dan Paccione played for Andy Shay at UMass and later became a Yale assistant coach… Head coach Jason Miller coached Yale assistant Andrew Baxter at Springfield College.



There are nine seniors on the Yale roster including three defensemen, three midfielders and one each at attack, in goal and on the face-off. The class of 2014 has experienced 31 victories and consecutive Ivy League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. The most wins by a Yale lacrosse class was 46 by the 1991 group.



Defenseman Jimmy Craft (Darien, Conn.), voted captain by his teammates last spring, has a wealth of big-game experience. Craft follows an impressive line of team leaders and former teammates as captain of the Bulldogs: D Patrick Coleman '11, M Michael Pratt '12 and D Michael McCormack '13. Craft ranked third on the team in ground balls (39) and caused turnovers (17) last season. He scored his only goal last season in the victory against Princeton in the Ivy Tournament Championship Game.



Senior Dylan Levings (Massapequa, N.Y.) is one of the premier face-off specialists in the country and the latest in an impressive line of X-men wearing Yale blue. Levings had 355 face-offs in 2013 and ranked seventh in Division I with both a .597 win percentage and his ground ball average.  A huge factor behind Yale's success, Levings was even better (.750) during Ivy Tournament play.  He is a two-time honorable mention USILA All-American trying to become Yale's first three-time selection since Jon Reese '90. Levings is a 2014 pre-season, third-team All-America pick by insidelacrosse.com.



Senior attackman Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) was an honorable mention USILA All-American, Tewaaraton Trophy Candidate, second-team All-Ivy selection and first-team All-New England choice in 2013. Yale's active career goals leader with 76 (15th at Yale), he is 19th on the school list with 118 points. Mangan led the 2013 team with 39 goals (4th at Yale) and 64 points (3rd), both records for a junior at Yale. He was the 2013 recipient of the Walter T. Collins Award as Yale's offensive MVP. The pre-season All-Americans listed by insidelacrosse.com had Mangan on its third team.



Junior attackman Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.), a second-team All-New England pick and an Ivy League All-Tournament team selection in 2013, was second on the team with 36 goals and a sophomore record 44 points.  Oberbeck scored goals in all but one game, including a season-high six against Albany. 



Junior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) started all 17 games last season, recording double digit saves in 10 games.  Natale ranked No. 7 in Division I in goals against average (7.88) and was named to the Ivy League All-Tournament team. 



Yale was 2013 NEILA champions. The eight New England head coaches voted prior to the start of the 2014 season and here's what they came up with.


1. Yale

2. UMass Amherst

3. Fairfield

4. Harvard

5. Brown

6. Bryant

7. Providence

8. Hartford



Brandon Mangan (A), Jimmy Craft (D), Michael Quinn (D), Colin Flaherty (M), Conrad Oberbeck (A), Ryan McCarthy (M), Harry Kucharczyk (D), and Dylan Levings (FOS) have all been named pre-season All-New England. 



A season full of accomplishments, Yale had its…

-          most (17) games played since 1990

-          most (12) wins since 1992     

-          second straight Ivy Tournament title

-          fourth straight Ivy Tournament appearance

-          second straight NCAA Tournament appearance

-          fourth straight 10+ win season



Dylan Levings and Brandon Mangan were both selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.  Levings was taken in the third round (24th overall) by the Chesapeake Bayhawks while Mangan was selected in the fifth round (34th overall) by the New York Lizards.  In the 2013 Collegiate Draft, Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were selected in the seventh round with overall picks 51 and 52. 



Andy Shay, who in 2013 finished his 10th season of his first collegiate head coaching job, has engineered a 43-18 mark over the last four seasons and has four consecutive 10-plus win seasons. He also directed the Bulldogs to four straight Ivy League Tournament appearances, two-consecutive Ivy Tournament Titles, a 2010 regular-season Ivy League Championship and two-straight (school record) NCAA appearances, including Yale's first in 20 years. His position was endowed after the 2012 season and he is now the Ryan & 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 2013, coached his 10th consecutive top 10 ranked face-off unit. Shay (78-63 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


Filed by Steve Conn and Robert Klemens, Yale Sports Publicity


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