Bulldogs Beat Big Green
10 Different Elis Hit Net in 16-10 Win
HANOVER, NH – After being down 3-0 to start the game, No. 14 Yale turned things around with an 8-0 run en route to a 16-10 victory against Dartmouth. The Bulldogs capitalized on all five man-up advantages to improve to 6-3 (2-2 Ivy), while the Big Green dropped to 1-6 and 0-3 in Ivy play.
The Bulldogs had 10 different players score goals including three from Shane Thornton, two from Brandon Mangan, Conrad Oberbeck, J.W. McGovern and Michael Bonacci. Mark Glicini, Jeff Cimbalista, Sean Shakespeare, Michael Keasey and Colin Flaherty each added a goal as well.
Oberbeck started the scoring off for the Bulldogs capitalizing on the man-up advantage. Eric Scott dished the ball to Oberbeck in front of the net; Oberbeck turned, jumped, and ripped a shot to decrease Dartmouth's lead to two. Scott was involved on the next scoring play a minute later by assisting on Flaherty's ninth goal of the season with 2:24 left in the first.
At 9:55 in the second, Oberbeck ripped a shot that was deflected in front of the net. Cimbalista picked up the rebound and bounced it in to tie the game up at three. After missing his previous shot, Oberbeck hit the back of the net 12 seconds after Cimbalista's goal to give Yale its first lead of the game at 4-3.
With 5:36 left in the first half, McGovern ripped a shot that sneaked by the goalie's foot. McGovern received a pass 15 yards in front of the net from Thornton who was running right from behind the net. Thornton passed to an open McGovern to increase the Bulldog advantage by two.
Five minutes later Mangan got on the board bouncing a shot into a wide open net after receiving a pass from Harry Kuchacyzk. The goal gave Yale a 6-3 lead going into halftime.
Forty-four seconds into the third quarter, the scoring continued as McGovern took a shot 20 yards out. McGovern received the ball stepping closer and closer to the net undefended before netting the man advantage goal. Seventy-five seconds later Mangan assisted on Keasey's goal that was shot 10 yards out in front of the net giving Yale an 8-3 lead.
Dartmouth ended Yale's 8-0 run scoring two consecutive goals at 11:01 and 9:23 in the third. Bonacci put Yale back on the board running the ball into the offensive zone. He beat the defenders to get an open look at the net and bounced a shot that went under the goalie's stick.
Dartmouth then scored again to cut Yale's lead to three, but soon after Mangan scored his second goal. Glicini dished the ball in front of the net to Mangan with 2:07 left in the third to give Yale a 10-6 lead.
The fourth quarter had back and fourth goals from both sides. The Big Green scored first in the fourth, followed by Shakespeare's goal that bounced under the goalies leg. Shakespeare shook up the defender to give himself an open look on a good opportunity.
At 10:04 in the fourth, Thornton scored after receiving Bonacci's pass from behind the net. Thornton was subbing in at the time when Bonacci found him, giving Thornton an open look at the net where he sniped the top right corner between the pipes.
"Harry Kucharczyk made a great play and realized their offensive middie had turned his head so we made a run for the box and we beat them there. Bonacci hit me with a great pass about 10 yards out, luckily I was able to beat the kid," said Thornton.
Dartmouth then scored two more goals at 7:56 and 6:32, one by Jack McCormick and one by Patrick Resch, brother of Yale's Conor Resch to make the score 13-10.
Thornton then scored his second goal of the game, again receiving a pass from behind the net and hitting the top right corner. Dartmouth's KC Bedard scored with 3:43, but just seconds later Glicini scored off Flaherty's first assist of the season.
Thornton then put Yale up 15-10 after picking up a rebound off a missed shot and bouncing it back in while the goalie was out of position. Soon after Thornton's goal, Bonacci finished the scoring for the Bulldogs by bringing the ball into the offensive zone off the face-off and ripping a shot 15 yards out.
"We're very happy to get a win for sure. A win in our league doesn't come easy. To get it against a team that may be playing with their back against the wall, we knew it was going to be scrappy, we knew they were great off the ground. They [Dartmouth] play really hard so we knew it would be tough," said Andy Shay, the Ryan and Forst Family Head Coach.
After struggling early on in the season, Dylan Levings has come back to form at the X. Levings was excellent, winning 21 of 28 face-offs while scooping up 14 groundballs.
"What helped me a lot is Jon Reese back there. He's really the brains behind the face-offs. He's really the guy that's been helping me out a lot so I think that's made a big difference. I think having some bad games is also re-motivating," Levings said.
"He's getting back to fundamentals. He's trying to execute when he gets out there. Their guy is really good so definitely a big win for him [Levings]," said Shay.
Eric Natale played a big factor in net recording double digit saves for the seventh time this season.
The Bulldogs play Brown next this coming Friday at 7 p.m. at Providence.
Filed by Robert Klemens, Yale Sports Publicity Intern
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