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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – Coming off an 8-5 win at Providence College Tuesday, the No.14 Yale men's lacrosse team (5-3, 1-2 Ivy) travels to Hanover this Saturday to face the Dartmouth Big Green (1-5, 0-2 Ivy).  The 1 p.m. Ivy League matchup can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

 

VS. DARTMOUTH

The 81-game series between the two teams began April 23, 1927.  Yale won the first game 12-3 and leads the series 48-33. 

 

LAST MEETING

Yale beat Dartmouth 7-5 last season during senior day at Reese Stadium.  Yale was down 5-4 going into the fourth quarter. Colin Flaherty scored with 11:54 left to play on assist from Conrad Oberbeck .Ten minutes later Flaherty scored another to put Yale up by one; he sealed the game for the Bulldogs scoring his third with 47 seconds remaining.

 

LAST TUESDAY

Yale beat Providence College 8-5 Tuesday night.  Junior Conrad Oberbeck increased his goal-scoring streak to 18 games after netting three along with two assists.   J.W. McGovern scored twice while Shane Thornton, Brandon Mangan, and Mark Glicini each had a goal.  Junior goalie Eric Natale made 15 saves including eight in the last 30 minutes. 

 

DARTMOUTH

In its last game against No. 2 Cornell, Dartmouth fell 19-4. Adam Fishman scored two goals and three points, while Cornell's Connor Buczek had six goals and eight points.  Saturday's game is the fourth time Dartmouth faces a ranked opponent this season. 

 

BULLDOG-BIG GREEN CONNECTION

Freshman Conor Resch is facing his brother Patrick for the first time at the collegiate level.  Conor and Patrick are the sons of two former Yale standouts.  Father Tony Resch was a two-time All American for lacrosse, and their mother, Mary Resch, was the captain of the women's basketball team. 

 

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 has a .549 win percentage this season ranking him third in the Ivy League.  He leads the Yale squad with 52 ground balls and has scored a goal in 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. 

 

MANGAN

Senior attackman Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) is second on the team with 24 points and first with 11 assists.  Mangan notched 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 89 (tied 11th at Yale), is 7th on the school list with 142 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 (20) and points (28) and is on the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List.  Oberbeck has scored a goal every game this season including four hat tricks and a four-goal afternoon in the OT loss at Fairfield. Oberbeck has recorded at least five points in three games, with his season high of six against Princeton.  He has scored 39 goals since April 2, 2013; the start of Oberbeck's 18-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.

 

QUINN

Sophomore defenseman Michael Quinn (Port Washington, NY.), a pre-season honorable mention All-America pick and first-team All-New England pick, was also placed on the mid-season All-American first team list by inside lacrosse.  Quinn has been a key component of the Bulldog defense since joining the team last season.  Quinn (15 CT, 19 GB), has helped lead a Bulldog defense which ranks No. 2 in the Ivy League in scoring defense and seventh in the nation in clearing percentage.  In addition, Quinn is ranks first in the Ivy League and eighth in the nation causing 2.14 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. 

 

GLICINI

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 5-4-9 on the season.

 

NATALE

Junior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) has started each game this season and leads the Ivy League in goal-against average (8.57).  Natale made a game clinching save on Princeton's Kip Orban to seal the March 22 win.  Natale has recorded double digit save figures in six games this season including a season high 15 against Providence College.  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.

 

NEILA

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

Rk.       School            

1.         Fairfield (13)  

2.         Yale (14)                    

3.         UMass (11)              

4.         Bryant (12)                 

5.         Harvard                                  

6.         Brown                         

7.         Providence                              

8.         Quinnipiac

 

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 48-21 mark over the last five 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 (83 -66 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 36 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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