Bulldogs Move Up To No. 11
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's lacrosse team (4-2, 1-1 Ivy), ranked 11th in this week's USILA poll after a win over Princeton last weekend, hosts No.18 Penn (3-3, 0-2 Ivy) at Reese Stadium Saturday. The 1 p.m. matchup airs live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Yale beat Penn twice last year, 7-6 in OT and 9-6. The Bulldogs first victory came after Kirby Zdrill '13 found the net 2:11 into overtime during the regular season at Philadelphia. Brandon Mangan '14 got the ball behind the Penn net, sprinted right, and found Zdrill at the opposite post for a quick-stick shot. The two teams met again in the Ivy League Tournament semifinal. The game started off rocky for Yale, trailing 3-0 going into the second period. However, the Bulldogs got the next three from Conrad Oberbeck '15 (3-1-4), Michael Quinn '16 (1-0-1) and Michael Lipin '13 (1-0-1) to tie the game at three going into the half. Kirby Zdrill '13 (1-0-1), Oberbeck, Brandon Mangan '14 (1-1-2) and Harry Kucharczyk '15 (1-0-1) added goals as Yale won by three. Dylan Levings '14 won 11 of 17 face-offs.
Yale beat No. 13 Princeton 16-15 before 2,000 fans at Reese. Senior Brandon Mangan scored a career-high five goals and seven points. Conrad Oberbeck (3-3-6) and Michael Bonacci (2-1-3) set their season-high marks for points, while Mark Glicini (2-2-4) scored twice including the game-winning goal with 38 seconds left to play. Junior goalie Eric Natale made a game clinching save on Kip Orban's close range shot with six seconds left to play. Senior Dylan Levings had a goal for the third straight game in addition to getting his name in the NCAA Division I single-game record book, attempting 35 face-offs (tied 5th) and winning 25 (tied 6th).
CORNELL BEATS PENN
Penn, No. 14 at the time, lost to No. 4 Cornell 17-9. The Quakers fell to 3-3 on the season and 0-2 in Ivy play, while Cornell remained perfect on the year. Penn was up 4-2 after 11 minutes, having four players find the back of the net in a span of seven minutes. Nick Doktor helped lead Penn's offense by scoring a goal and assisting on four others. Zach Losco and Kevin Brown each scored twice.
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.
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 has a .561 win percentage this season ranking him first in the Ivy League. He leads the Yale squad with 43 ground balls and has scored a goal in each of the last three games (Princeton, Cornell, 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.
Senior attackman Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) is tied for the team points lead with 21 after notching a career-high 5-2-7 vs. Princeton on March 22. 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 87 (12th at Yale), is 9th on the school list with 139 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.
Junior attackman Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.) leads the team in goals (15) and is tied with Brandon Mangan in points (21). Oberbeck has scored a goal every game this season including a trio of hat tricks and a four-goal afternoon in the OT loss at Fairfield. He has scored 34 goals since April 2, 2013; the start of Oberbeck's 16-game goal streak. 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.
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, 16 GB), has helped lead a Bulldog defense which ranks No. 1 in the Ivy League in scoring defense and third in the nation in clearing percentage. In addition, Quinn is ranks first in the Ivy League causing 2 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.
Sophomore midfielder Mark Glicini (Mahwah, NJ.) has stepped up for the Bulldogs multiple times this season. Glicini scored a game-tying goal at Fairfield that sent the game into overtime. He also scored the game-winning goal against Princeton with 38 seconds left to play. Glicini is 4-4-8 on the season.
Junior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) has started each game this season and leads the Ivy League in goal-against average (9.00). Natale made a game clinching save on Princeton's Kip Orban to seal the March 22 win. 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.
THREE ON WATCH LIST
Three Yale players have been named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Men's "Watch List." Brandon Mangan, Dylan Levings, and Conrad Oberbeck 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 vote each week to come up with the following rankings.
1. Fairfield (16)
1. Yale (11)
3. UMass (14)
4. Bryant (12)
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 47-20 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 (82 -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.
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.
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 35 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.
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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