No. 16 Yale Hosts No.13 Princeton Saturday

Noon Ivy Battle at Reese Stadium

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  - The Yale men's lacrosse team (3-2, 0-1 Ivy), ranked 16th in this week's USILA poll, hosts No.13 Princeton (4-2, 1-0 Ivy) Saturday at noon.  The first Ivy League matchup of the season at Reese Stadium can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

 

LAST MEETING

Yale beat Princeton 12-8 for the Ivy League Tournament Championship last May.  The Bulldogs erased a 2-0 deficit with six straight goals.  Princeton tied the game when Jeff Froccaro scored three-straight to open the third quarter, but the Elis notched five in the third and one in the fourth.  Brandon Mangan '14, Conrad Oberbeck '15, and Kirby Zdrill '13 each had two goals while Sean Shakespeare '15, Michael Lipin '13, Colin Flaherty '15, Michael Bonacci '16, Ryan McCarthy '14 and Jimmy Craft '14 also hit the net.  Dylan Levings '14 was a dominant force on the X taking 19 of 23 face-offs. 

 

LAST WEEK

After coming off a 10-2 win against No. 15 Lehigh on Tuesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Ithaca to face the No. 8 Cornell Big Red on Saturday.  Good first and third quarters weren't enough to register the upset as Cornell got 10 in the first half and took an 11-9 decision.  The Bulldogs held the Big Red to one goal in the second half, but there was too much ground to make up after a problematic second quarter.  Five different Bulldogs scored goals including hat tricks by juniors Sean Shakespeare (4-1-5) and Conrad Oberbeck (12-3-15).  Freshman Austin Rocco (2-1-3), junior Colin Flaherty (8-0-8), and senior Dylan Levings (2-2-4) each had a goal 

 

PRINCETON BEATS PENN

Princeton, which hammered Villanova on Tuesday, served No. 12 Penn a 15-12 loss last Saturday.  Princeton had three players record at least five points: Mike MacDonald (2-5-7), Ryan Ambler (4-1-5) and Tom Schreiber (4-1-5).  Kip Orban had two goals; Jake Froccaro had a goal and an assist and Forest Sonnenfeldt and Jack Strabo each added a goal.  Justin Murphy won 16 of 31 face-offs and scooped eight ground balls for the Tigers.  Princeton moved up to No. 13 and Penn dropped to No. 14 in the USILA poll this week.

 

TIGERS TO WATCH

Tom Schreiber (14-10-24), leads the Ivy League in points per game and is Princeton's leader in goals and points.  Mike MacDonald (9-13-22), second in the Ivy League in points per game, is the team leader in assists and second on the team in points.  Ryan Ambler (8-11-19), fourth in the Ivy League in points per game, is second on the team in assists and third in points.  Justin Murphy has a .552 face-off mark and is the team leader with 31 ground balls. 

 

YALE CAPTAIN

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 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.  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. 

 

LEVINGS

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, who has a .510 win percentage this season, leads the Yale squad with 20 ground balls.  Levings scored his first goal of the 2014 season in a 10-2 win against Lehigh.  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.  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. 

 

MANGAN

Senior attackman Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) is the team leader in assists (8) and is second in points (14).  He is a 2014 insidelacrosse.com pre-season All-American (3rd team).  In 2013 he 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 130 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.

 

OBERBECK

Junior attackman Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.), leads the team in goals (12) and points (15) this season.  Oberbeck, had a hat trick in the 9-8 win at Bryant and a four-goal performance in the OT loss at Fairfield. He was a second-team All-New England pick and an Ivy League All-Tournament team selection in 2013, while being 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 last season.

 

QUINN

Sophomore defenseman Michael Quinn (Port Washington, NY.), a pre-season 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.  Quinn (12 CT, 15 GB), has helped lead a Bulldog defense which ranks 8th in the nation in scoring defense.  In addition, Quinn is ranked 1st in the Ivy League and 8th in the nation causing 2.4 turnovers per game.  Quinn had his first goal of the season against Lehigh.  In 2013, Quinn played in all 17 games, causing 14 turnovers, grabbing 27 ground balls and scoring three goals. 

 

FLAHERTY

Junior midfielder Colin Flaherty (Eastport, NY.), a 2014 pre-season first-team All-New England pick and second-team All-New England in 2013, ranks second on the Yale squad in goals (8).  Flaherty was a big component in the wins against Bryant (3 goals) and Lehigh (2).   

 

NATALE

Junior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) has started each game this season and ranks 1st in the Ivy League and 10th in the nation in goal-against average (7.77).  Natale also ranks 3rd for save percentage (.500) and 5th for saves per game (7.60) in the Ivy League.   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 ON WATCH LIST

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.

 

NEILA

Yale was 2013 NEILA champions. The eight New England head coaches vote each week to come up with the following rankings.

Rk.       School                         PR

1.         UMass (11)                  1

2.         Yale (16)                     2

3.         Fairfield (19)               3

4.         Bryant (15)                  3

5.         Harvard                                   5

6.         Brown                          6

7.         Hartford                                   NR

7.         Providence                               8

 

2013

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

 

MLL

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 46-20 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 (81-65 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.

 

GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE

Forty-one Bulldogs come from 10 different states.  A dozen players represent New York, nine from Connecticut, four each from Massachusetts and New Jersey, three each from California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and one each from New Hampshire, Texas and Wisconsin.   

 

SENIORS

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.

 

IVY TITLES

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.

 

PRONUNCIATIONS

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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