Bulldogs Look to Remain Unbeaten
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's lacrosse team (2-0), ranked 10th in this week's USILA poll and coming off a one-goal victory against Bryant last Saturday, has its third game of the 2014 season this Saturday. The Bulldogs, one of seven undefeated Division I teams, travel to Fairfield to take on the Fairfield Stags (2-1) at 3 p.m. at Rafferty Stadium.
Yale is 7-0 against Fairfield since the series began in 1996. The Bulldogs have outscored the Stags 96-63 in those seven meetings.
Six different Bulldogs hit the net in the 12-8 victory at Reese Stadium in 2013. Kirby Zdrill '13 led the scoring with four goals in addition to two-goal efforts by Brandon Mangan '14 (2-2-4), Conrad Oberbeck '15 (2-1-3), and Colin Flaherty '15 (2-0-2). The Bulldogs also capitalized on goals from Alexander Otero '14 and former captain Michael McCormack '13. The Elis led in ground balls (40-26) and face offs (17-6).
ELIS BEAT BRYANT
The Elis won 9-8 against Bryant at the Bryant Turf Complex last Saturday, scoring six goals in the first quarter. Brandon Mangan '14, scored the first goal of the game with 13:15 left in the first, extending his goal-scoring streak to 23 games. Juniors Conrad Oberbeck and Colin Flaherty each had three-goal afternoons in addition to one-goal efforts from freshmen Jeff Cimbalista and Austin Rocco.
FAIRFIELD COMING OFF A LOSS
Fairfield opened the 2014 season with decisive victories against Delaware and Manhattan by a combined score of 36-12. The Stags began week two ranked 17th in the USILA Poll, but dropped out after losing to Hofstra. Fairfield plays Providence March 4 before Saturday's matchup with the Bulldogs.
POTENTIAL IMPACT PLAYERS
Fairfield midfielder Colin McLinden '15, a 2014 honorable mention All-America pick and 2013 Second-Team All-ECAC selection, led the Stags in assists last season. He averaged 1.20 per game, ranking 47th in the nation. The Stags defense is led by New Haven native and captain, Toby Armour, another Second-Team All-ECAC. Armour was also named as a pre-season second-team All-New England pick.
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 33 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. Craft also hit the net in this year's season opener.
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 78 (15th at Yale), he is 19th on the school list with 121 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. Mangan has recorded 52 goals during his active 23 game goal-scoring streak that goes back to April 28, 2012.
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. In 2014, Oberbeck, had a hat trick performance in the 9-8 win at Bryant, and is tied with senior Brandon Mangan for most points on the team (5). In addition, Oberbeck was named as an Honor Roll selection in the week three picks by the Ivy League.
Sophomore defenseman Michael Quinn (Port Washington, NY.), a preseason honorable mention All-America pick and first-team All-New England pick, has been a key component of the Bulldog defense since joining the team last season. In 2013, Quinn played in all 17 games, causing 14 turnovers, grabbing 27 ground balls, and scoring three goals on the offensive end. Quinn (5 CT, 9 GB), has helped lead a Bulldog defense which ranks 7th in the nation for goals allowed per game (7).
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. In 2014, Natale ranks 9th in goals against average (7.00) and 15th in save percentage (.588).
TWO ON WATCH LIST
Two Yale players have been named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Men's "Watch List." Brandon Mangan and Dylan Levings have both been included on the pre-season list for the top male lacrosse player in the U.S.
Yale was 2013 NEILA champions. The eight New England head coaches voted prior to the start of the week and here's what they came up with.
Rk. School PR
1. UMass (9) 2
2. Yale (10) 1
3. Fairfield 3
4. Bryant 4
5. Harvard 6
6. Quinnipiac NR
7. Brown 5
8. Hartford 8
Rankings as of March 3, 2014
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, YALE'S RYAN & FORST FAMILY HEAD COACH
Andy Shay, who in 2013 finished his 10th season of his first collegiate head coaching job, has engineered a 45-18 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 (80-63 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
image by Ted Keating