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National Champs Playing This Summer

National Champs Playing This Summer

Bulldogs Busy with MLL, Worlds


DALLAS, Texas- Two months ago, Yale won the NCAA Lacrosse Championship. Some of those national champions are still playing. Team captain Ben Reeves '18, who won the 2018 Tewaaraton Award after leading the Blue to a 13-11 win over Duke, has already made an impact at the pro level.


Reeves, one of six Bulldog seniors to be drafted last spring, made his pro debut with Dallas of Major League Lacrosse on June 17, just a few weeks after winning at Gillette Stadium. He helped propel the first place Rattlers to a 17-16 victory with two goals. Reeves also recently scored a game-winner for Dallas with seconds left in the fourth quarter.


"It's definitely different, but it's a lot of fun," said the Elis' three-time All-American when asked to compare playing at Yale with the pro game. "The talent level is so high."


Reeves, who just earned MLL Rookie of the Week, now has six goals and seven assists through his first four games. You can see one of his game-winners HERE. He was also named a 2018 MLL All-Star for the event played at Harvard Stadium. Team MLL beat Team USA 15-14 in overtime.


Yale's career goals (174) and points leader plans to return to New Haven once the season ends in the fall to do medical research.


When asked how it felt to put on a new jersey after 4 seasons at Reese Stadium, Reeves said, "Weird, and I don't think any experience will ever be able to compare to my time playing at Yale."


Tyler Warner '18 is also playing in the MLL for the Florida Launch. He has 4 caused turnovers and picked up 3 ground balls in his first 4 games for a team that plays its home games on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.


Another national champion was also in action this summer. Ted Forst '19 played for Team Ireland in the FIL World Championship in Netanya, Israel. He scored 14 goals and assisted on another 15 tallies through 8 tournament games. Ireland finished in 12th place out of 46 nations.



by Jordan Conn, Yale Sports Publicity