No. 17 Bulldogs Host No. 15 Lehigh

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Back At Reese Tuesday Night

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  - The Yale men's lacrosse team (2-1), ranked 17th in this week's USILA poll and coming off an overtime loss against Fairfield last Saturday, has its fourth game of the 2014 season Tuesday night. The Bulldogs host the 5-1 Mountain Hawks at Reese Stadium at 7 p.m.


Yale is 6-0 against Lehigh since 1939.  The Bulldogs have outscored the Mountain Hawks 80-37 in those six meetings.


Three different Bulldogs hit the net in the 8-6 victory at Lehigh's Ulrich Sports Complex in 2010.  Gregory Mahony '12 had four goals in addition to two-goal efforts by Brendan Gibson '10 (2-1-3) and Brian Douglass '11 (2-0-2).  The Bulldogs led in shots (31-17), ground balls (33-30), and face-offs (11-7).


The Elis fell 12-11 in OT to Fairfield.  Conrad Oberbeck '15 hit the back of the net four times while assisting on a Brandon Mangan '14 (1-3-4) goal, extending Mangan's goal-scoring streak to 24 games.  Junior Shane Thornton (2-2-4) started the scoring off for the Bulldogs sinking two goals a minute apart in the first period.  Sophomore Mark Glicini netted a game-tying goal with 4:34 left in the fourth sending the game into overtime.  Juniors Sean Shakespeare and Colin Flaherty each added a goal.  Senior Dylan Levings won 14 of 27 face offs while grabbing seven ground balls.  


No. 15 Lehigh is now 5-1 after a 9-3 victory at Bucknell last Saturday.  Bucknell (2-3) hit the back of the net first before giving up nine straight goals to Lehigh in the rematch of the 2013 Patriot League Championship game.  Lehigh limited Bucknell to 20 shots in its fourth consecutive win over Bucknell.


Senior Ryan Buttenbaum leads the Mountain Hawks with 32 groundballs and a .586 face off win percentage.  Sophomore Reid Weber leads the team with seven assists and 16 points.  Junior Patrick Corbett has 13 goals off 31 shots posting a 41.9 shooting percentage.  Sophomore defenseman Tripp Telesco is first on the team with 14 caused turnovers and second behind Buttenbaum with 19 ground balls.    


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  Levings leads the Yale squad this season with 12 ground balls.


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 79 (15th at Yale), he is 19th on the school list with 125 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 had Mangan on its third team.  Mangan has recorded 53 goals during his active 24 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 a four-goal performance in the OT loss at Fairfield. Oberbeck was named as an Honor Roll selection in the week three picks by the Ivy League.  He also leads the team in points (10) and goals (8). 


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 (7 CT, 10 GB), has helped lead a Bulldog defense which ranks 9th in the nation in man-down defense.  In addition, Quinn is ranked 1st in the Ivy League and 10th in the nation causing 2.33 turnovers per game.



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. 


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 (14)         1

2.         Yale (17)            2

3.         Bryant (18)         4

3.         Fairfield (19)      3

5.         Harvard              5

6.         Brown                 7

7.         Quinnipiac          6

8.         Providence                   NR

Rankings as of March 10, 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, who in 2013 finished his 10th season of his first collegiate head coaching job, has engineered a 45-19 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 (80-64 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