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Blue Enjoys Most Offense in 27 Years

Brendan Mackie had a career-high 3 goals (John Mackie image)
Brendan Mackie had a career-high 3 goals (John Mackie image)

Morrill Has 4 in 23-7 Win at St. John's

 

QUEENS, N.Y. – There were no cases of "letdown" or "looking ahead" in this midweek, non-league contest sandwiched between important Ivy League games. The No. 17 Yale men's lacrosse team took care of business early, scoring its most goals in 27 years during a 23-7 win over St. John's today.

Jackson Morrill had four goals and Ben Reeves pitched in two tallies and six points, while Jack Tigh, Matt Gaudet and Brendan Mackie each hit the net three times to help the 6-3 Bulldogs win for the fifth straight time.

The Bulldogs, who got eight in the first quarter, were buzzing the net in the first half like a pack of hungry sharks making hits on a wounded, swimming meal.  Reeves, Gaudet, Morrill and Joseph Sessa (2 assists) combined on a variety of back-door, one-timers that had the visitors on the way to their most offensive day since a 25-12 win over Adelphi in 1990.

The Elis got the first four goals of the game and then went on a nine-goal streak to take a 14-1 lead into halftime. They were able to take control with great work by Conor Mackie, who won 13 of 18 face-offs, and some great hustle by his teammates. In addition, the Blue held the Red Storm to single-digit shots over the first 30 minutes.

Brian Ward, who scored his first career goals, Lucas Cotler and Jason Alessi each found the net twice as the Bulldogs put 48 shots on one St John's goalie.

"We played unselfishly and with precision," said Yale head coach Andy Shay. "It was a great way to handle a midweek game."

On the other hand, four different Blue jerseys saw time in the Yale net. Phil Huffard (2 saves) got the start and the win. Brody Wilson (3), Hoyt Crance (2) and Jack Berney shared the second half.

 

BULLDOG BITES

Junior LSM Liam Kelly notched his first career goal… Freshman Jackson Burton won 5 of 6 face-offs, while junior Owen Jones took 7 of 9… Ben Reeves leads the team with 22 goals and 42 points… The Elis put their 3-0 Ivy record on the line Saturday when Dartmouth comes to town for a 1 pm game airing live on the ILDN.

 
 

By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – steven.conn@yale.edu