Yale Beats QU 14-11, Harvard Next on Saturday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter, the No. 13 Yale men's lacrosse team had to hold on for a 14-11 win over Quinnipiac at Reese Stadium.
Registering their fifth straight victory looked easy in the early going. The Bulldogs (9-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes as Dylan Levings dominated the X and Conrad Oberbeck got two of his three goals.
One of Oberbeck's tallies was a highlight special. With the Blue up 4-1, he jumped to take a pass from Brandon Mangan and managed to fire the ball into the upper left corner of the net before landing. The lightning-fast release had a lot of heads shaking both on and off the field.
"Got to hand it to Quinnipiac, they really put their best foot forward," said Oberbeck. "We just talked about keeping long possessions. In the second quarter we didn't have the ball that much, so we just tried to keep the ball as much as we could to help the defense out."
Mangan also had three goals and a team-high six points on a night eight different Elis found the net. The other multiple-goal scorers were Jeff Cimbalista (6 goals in last 2 games) and Harry Kucharczyk, who scored his first two of the year on a pair of near-full field runs.
"Jeff was hurt in the early part of the year and we know he can do great things," said Andy Shay, the Ryan & Forst Family Yale Head Coach, about Jeff Cimbalista. "I told Brandon [Mangan] and Conrad [Oberbeck] to throw him the ball and see what he can do. He's been great, he's played through injury, he's been tough and hasn't complained about sitting out when he was hurt. We are absolutely excited that he's got eight points in the last two games."
The home team had a huge advantage in shots (45-24), a better (18-11) night than its opponent on face-offs and both sides had 32 ground balls.
"They (QU) were doing a great job off the ground," said Shay. "They got a lot of 50-50 ground balls and we didn't have the ball the whole second quarter. They were able to chip away."
The Bobcats (5-8) had a pair of three-goal strings that allowed them to pull within one in the third and two in the fourth. Yale midfielder Michael Keasey dashed the visitor's hopes for pulling even after the first run. Mangan, who notched two of his three goals down the stretch to put the game away, answered the last Quinnipiac surge.
"We started off pretty fast, then we didn't have the ball much in the second quarter. We just stuck to what we did offensively and shared the ball well between everyone," said Mangan, the senior attackman. "A bunch of people scored today and we just got to keep the pressure on, especially seeing our defense wasn't playing as well tonight. We knew it was going to be a high-scoring game, they have a pretty potent offense so we stuck to our guns."
Mangan's big night moved him into fourth place on Yale's career goal list with 95, passing both Matt Gibson '12 and Mike Devlin '82 tonight.
Yale, which hosts Harvard at 1:30 on Saturday, has a chance to end the regular season with a six-game win streak and a fifth straight 10-win campaign.
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director