No. 17 Blue Headed to No. 8 Cornell

Brandon Mangan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brandon Mangan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Ivy Play Begins Saturday




NEW HAVEN, Conn.  - The Yale men's lacrosse team (3-1), ranked 17th in this week's USILA poll and coming off a 10-2 win over Lehigh Tuesday at Reese Stadium, travels to Ithaca to face 5-0 and No. 8 ranked Cornell Saturday. The 1 p.m. face-off at Schoellkopf Field that airs live on the Ivy League Digital Network.



Conrad Oberbeck '15 hit the net three times on five shots but it wasn't enough to hold off the Big Red in a 12-10 decision at New Haven. Brandon Mangan '14 (1-3-4), Kirby Zdrill '13 (1-1-2), Shane Thornton '15, Michael Lipin '13, Colin Flaherty '15, Michael Bonacci '16 and Michael McCormack '13 each added a goal.  Dylan Levings '14 was a dominant force on the X taking 22 of 25 face-offs. 



No. 17 Elis routed No. 15 Lehigh 10-2 at Reese Stadium Tuesday.  Seven different Bulldogs hit the net including two-goal efforts by Eric Scott, Colin Flaherty, and Brandon Mangan.  It wasn't the trio of two-goal performances that set the tone, but rather an ESPN Top 10 play goal by Jimmy Craft that was shot from Yale's restraining line.  In addition, Dylan Levings had his first goal of the season. After winning a face-off, he picked up the groundball, fought through the defense, and fired a shot to the upper corner of the net sending the Blue into halftime with a 5-1 lead.  Conrad Oberbeck and Michael Quinn each added a goal as well. The Yale defense, equally responsible for the win, completely blanketed the Mountain Hawks every time they came near the crease.



No. 8 Cornell (5-0) is one of three undefeated Division I teams after upsetting No. 2 Virginia (6-1) Saturday 12-9 at Ithaca.  Cornell was down 5-2 in the second quarter before starting a 9-0 run against the Cavaliers.  Dan Lintner and Connor Buczek each provided hat tricks for Cornell in the win. 



Junior Matt Donovan (14-8-22) is the Big Red's leader in assists and points.  Senior Dan Lintner (18-1-19) leads the team in goals and is second in points behind Donovan.  Senior Doug Tesoriero is 73-124 (.589 pct) from the X this season ranking him 14th in the nation.  Tesoriero also leads the team with 47 ground balls (9.4 per game), good for 5th in the nation.


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 34 victories and consecutive Ivy League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. The most wins by a Yale lacrosse class is 46 by the 1991 and 1992 groups.



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 has two goals this season, including a shot from his own restraining line that sailed all the way in the air against Lehigh that was No. 8 on ESPN's Top 10 plays that night.



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 14 ground balls.  Levings scored his first goal of the 2014 season in a 10-2 win against Lehigh.



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 81 (13th at Yale), he is tied for 14th on the school list with 129 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 55 goals during his active 25 game goal-scoring streak that goes back to April 28, 2012.  Mangan is the team leader in points (13). 



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 goals (9). 



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 (8 CT, 14 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.  Quinn had his first goal of the season against Lehigh.



Junior midfielder Colin Flaherty (Eastpoty, NY.), a pre-season first-team All-New England pick and second-team All-New England in 2013, ranks second on the Yale squad in goals (7).  Flaherty was a big component in the wins against Bryant (3 goals), and Lehigh (2).   




Junior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) has started each game this season and owns a 6.88 GAA and a .500 SP. His top save game was 10 in a win at Bryant. He 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 are on the 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



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 46-19 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 (81-64 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