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Yale-Loyola in NCAA Quarters at Hofstra

Yale-Loyola in NCAA Quarters at Hofstra

Bulldogs, Greyhounds Play Saturday at 12

 

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale is in the NCAA Quarterfinals and plays Loyola Saturday at noon at Hempstead, N.Y., on the campus of Hofstra University. The No. 3 seed Bulldogs (14-3) take on the Patriot League Champions and No 6 seed Greyhounds (13-3) in the first game of the day on ESPNU at James M. Shuart Stadium. The winner of the Yale-Loyola quarterfinal faces the Denver-Albany victor at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on May 26.

 

 

SERIES

The Greyhounds have taken all 3 meetings, including the first in 1948, a 9-2 win by Loyola at Baltimore. The one post-season meeting was a 14-13 double overtime game at the 1990 NCAA Semifinals at Rutgers Stadium. The Loyola goalie that day was Charley Toomey, who is in his 13th year as head coach of the Greyhounds.

 

 

LAST MEETING

Yale has not played Loyola since May 1, 2004. The Greyhounds won that 12-8 game played at Baltimore. The Elis, who got 4 goals and 1 assist from Ned Britt and 15 saves from Jordan Ellis, had a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.

 

 

BULLDOGS

Yale, which has bounced back from both regular-season losses with long win streaks, hopes it has started a 4-game streak of success with its win over UMass. The Elis, who had a 7-game win streak earlier this season, won 6 straight up to the Ivy championship game. Yale began the season ranked among Division I's top 5 in most polls before falling to No. 11 after the opening-day, OT loss to Villanova at the Patriot Cup. Yale worked its way back up the rankings with the long win streak that got it to No. 3 before an OT loss to a ranked Bucknell squad at New Haven. The Blue bounced back from a No. 6 ranking with another win streak that took it to the top of the polls.

 

 

LAST WEEKEND

Yale topped the UMass Minutemen 15-13 at Reese Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Seven goals from Jackson Morrill, 6 points from Ben Reeves and a big faceoff day by Conor Mackie helped the Blue break open a 7-6 game in the third with 5 straight goals.

 

 

LOYOLA

The Greyhounds, the 2012 NCAA Champions, have won 8 straight games since losing to Bucknell on March 24. The streak includes their fourth Patriot League Tournament Championship in five years. Loyola beat Boston University 13-8 and Lehigh 15-8 in the league event before knocking off Virginia last weekend at Baltimore, 14-12 in the first round of the NCAAs.

 

 

CANINE COMPARISON

Yale and Loyola both lost by a goal to a ranked Bucknell (the only common opponent) team at home. The 2018 comparisons don't stop there. Both have multiple All-Americans, MLL Draft picks and Tewaaraton finalists.

 

Inside Lacrosse All-Americans: Yale 5, Loyola 3

MLL Draft Picks: Yale 6, Loyola 1

Tewaaraton Award Finalists: Yale 1, Loyola 1 (Ben Reeves, Pat Spencer)

1st Team All-League Picks: Yale 5, Loyola 5

Record vs. NCAA Tourney Field: Yale 3-1, Loyola 2-2

National Championships: Yale 1883, Loyola 2012

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ivy League Titles: 1956, 1969, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2010, 2017, 2018

Ivy League Tournament Champions: 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

National Titles: 1883

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1988, 1990, 1992, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

 

 

YALE IN NCAA

Yale, 4-8 overall in the national tournament, qualified for its 9th NCAA appearance this May and has been included in 6 of the last 7.  The closest the Bulldogs have come to ending their season with a tournament victory was a 1990 semifinals appearance, where they played Loyola. The Elis are making a school-record 4th straight NCAA appearance. They are 2-2 in games at home, 0-2 in neutral site contests and 2-4 in road games.

 

 

2018 ELI INDIVIDUAL SEASON-BESTS

Goals: 7, Matt Gaudet vs. Penn, Jackson Morrill vs. UMass (May 12) 

Assists: 5, Jackson Morrill vs. UMass (Feb. 27)

Points: 8, Ben Reeves vs. Marist 

Saves: 15, Jack Starr vs. UMass (Feb. 27)

CTs: 4, Robert Mooney vs. Marist, Chris Fake vs. Albany

Face-Off Wins: 21, Conor Mackie vs. Michigan 

 

 

6 OF 10 SENIORS TAKEN BY MLL

Yale tied a record for most seniors taken in a single draft when 6 players were selected in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Ben Reeves (4th overall, Dallas), Tyler Warner (11th, Florida), Christopher Keating (23rd, Dallas), Jason Alessi (39th Charlotte), Conor Mackie (41st New York) and Jerry O'Connor (61st, Florida),were all selected. Ohio State (2017), Maryland (2016) and Virginia (2006) also had 6 taken in a single draft.

 

 

REEVES

Senior captain Ben Reeves is the only three-time Tewaaraton Award finalist in collegiate lacrosse this season. The recently-named Inside Lacrosse First Team All-American and reigning Ivy League Player of the Year leads the Blue with 53 goals and 96 points in 16 games. He ranks fifth in the nation in points per game (5.65), second in goals per game (3.12), and is ninth in assists (2.53). He also currently holds a 51-game point streak, dating back to his first season in 2015. He was named to the second USILA Player of the Year watchlist, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second straight year. Reeves owns the top Eli mark for points with 297, which ranks 12th on the all-time Divison I list for career points. He is also the all-time leading goal scorer in program history with 165.  

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

Points: 10 (5 G, 5 A) vs. Brown (4/15/2017); Goals: 5 vs. Cornell (5/6/2018); Assists: 5 vs. Brown (4/15/2017)

 

 

ON THE X

Senior Conor Mackie is a crucial component for the Elis at FOGO. Mackie went 20 for 29 on the X against UMass, while recording a game-high 13 groundballs. He now ranks fifth in the nation in groundballs per game (9.88), and is first in the Ivy League in face-off winning percentage (64.3%). He was named a 2018 Inside Lacrosse Third Team All-American. Mackie went 246-408 (60.3%) on face-offs in 2017, which ranked 10th in the nation and first in the Ivy League. He was also third in the nation with 8.88 ground balls per game. Earlier this season, he went a perfect 15 for 15 on the X against Fairfield. 

 

 

SENIOR LEADERS

Ten members of the class of 2018 have helped Yale to an overall record of 48-17 since 2015. That includes three Ivy League Tournament titles, three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and two regular-season league championships. The 48 wins by the Class of 2018 is the Yale all-time record for wins by a class. The seniors include A Ben Reeves, M Tyler Warner, D Liam Kelly, D Christopher Keating, M Will Robinson, D Jerry O'Connor, M Conor Mackie, D Ryan McQuaide, M Owen Jones, and M Jason Alessi

 

 

WARNER

Senior Tyler Warner has played a key role as a short-stick defender for the Bulldogs. The Inside Lacrosse First Team All-American is often responsible for covering some of the best attackmen, but can also find balls on the ground and distribute in the offensive end. Warner continued his impressive statistical streak in recent games with a career-high five groundballs in the win over UMass. He now has 40 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers (both career-highs) on the year. Warner finished the 2017 season with 29 groundballs, and was given an honorable mention in the 2017 USILA/Nike All-America roster. 

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

Points: 1 (1 G) vs. Cornell (5/6/2018); GB: 5 vs. UMass (5/12/2018); CT: 2 vs. Harvard (4/28/2018)

 

 

ALESSI

Two-sport Division I athletes are unique, even more so are key players for both teams. Senior midfielder Jason Alessi is the best male example at Yale, starting on defense for the Ivy champions Yale football team, while making plays for the lacrosse team. He has five goals and four assists on the year. Alessi had 17 tallies in 2017, along with eight assists, 22 groundballs and two caused turnovers. He finished the 2016 season with 12 goals and 2 assists, including three multi-goal games. On the gridiron, the defensive back is the only player in Yale history to record a pair of punt returns for TDs over 80 yards. He was named to the All-NEILA second-team at the end of last season. 

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

Points: 3 (2 G, 1 A) vs. Brown (5/7/2017); Goals: 3 vs. Albany (4/22/2017); Assists: 2 vs. Penn (4/1/2017)

 

 

MORRILL

Sophomore Jackson Morrill had a day to remember in the win over UMass, recording a career-high seven goals. By doing so, he tied classmate Matt Gaudet for the most goals scored by an Eli in a single game since 2012, and the third-most goals scored ever in an NCAA First Round game. Earlier this year, he had another seven point performance (5 G, 2 A) against Dartmouth. He also notched a career-high five assists earlier this year against UMass. He now has 60 points on the year (37 G, 23 A), the second-most on the team. His 52.9% shooting percentage is 5th in the nation. Morrill finished the 2017 season third on the team with 39 points (20 G, 19 A). He is a member of the Morrill family, which is the only family in history to have three generations of players inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. 

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

Points: 7 (7 G, 0 A) vs. UMass (5/12/2018); Goals: 7 vs. UMass (5/12/2018); Assists: 5 vs. UMass (2/27/2017)

 

 

TIGH

Junior Jack Tigh had one goal and one assist in the win over UMass. His season goal tally is at 31, the third most on the team, and he averages 2.65 points per game. So far this season, he has set career bests in points, goals, and assists in a game. Tigh has been a three-year starter for the Yale offense, and he finished last season with 17 goals and four assists. He has 84 career points (58 G, 26 A). 

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

Points: 6 (5 G, 1 A) vs. Michigan (2/24/2018); Goals: 5 vs. Michigan (2/24/2018); Assists: 3 vs. Bryant (3/03/2018)

 

 

GAUDET

Sophomore Matt Gaudet contributed two goals for the Yale offense against UMass, his eighth multi-goal game this season. He tied classmate Jackson Morrill with seven goals in single game earlier this season, the most by a Bulldog since 2012. His season goal tally is at 30, the fourth most on the team, and he averages 2.31 points per game. He, like teammate Jack Tigh, has set career bests in points, goals, and assists in a game. Gaudet has scored 16 goals in his past five games played.

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

Points: 7 (7 G, 0 A) vs. Penn (5/4/2018); Goals: 7 vs. Penn (5/4/2018); Assists: 2 vs. Harvard (4/28/2018)

 

 

KEATING

Senior Christopher Keating has been the backbone of the Yale defense so far this season. His 1.44 CTs per game rank second in the Ivy League. He now has 49 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers on the year. He was given an honorable mention in the 2018 Inside Lacrosse All-American list. In 2016, he also ranked third in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.13). During that same season, Keating recorded 59 groundballs and 34 caused turnovers, and led the team in both categories. He has also extremely efficient on the clear, having only given up six turnovers this season. 

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

GB: 9 vs. Villanova (2/17/2018); CT: 4 vs. Albany (4/23/2016)

 

 

FAKE

First year Chris Fake could be the most dominant rookie in the Ivy League this season. Fake has started in every game this season, and has been responsible for marking all of the top threats from opposing teams. The Allentown, New Jersey defenseman was named the 2018 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and was recently named a 2018 First Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse. He has 22 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers this season, which includes a career-high four CTs in the win over Albany. 

 

Career Highs (Single Game):

GB: 4 vs. Harvard (4/28/2018); CT: 4 vs. Albany (4/22/2018)