No. 5 Bulldogs Net Season-High For Goals, Shots
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 5 Bulldogs enjoyed a season-high offensive output on a day its defense held Dartmouth scoreless for more than 23 minutes in Yale's 20-8 Ivy League lacrosse victory at Reese Stadium.
The Elis (7-2, 3-1 Ivy) recorded another season high with 82 shots while getting goals from nine different players. Jackson Morrill led the way with 4 goals and 5 points, though the home team had 3-goal outings from Matt Gaudet and Matt Brandau.
Yale, which trailed once after the Big Green scored the game's first goal, broke open a 7-6 game in the second quarter by scoring 12 of the next 13 goals.
"Well we weren't happy with how we were playing defense in the first half. That was really unfortunate. We ended up adjusting some things and playing a little differently," said Yale Head Coach Andy Shay about the run that put the game away.
The back breaker for the visitors could have been the third-quarter connection between Brian Tevlin and Jack Tigh, who both had 2 goals and 2 assists. Tevlin dodged on the left, zipped around a defender and then pulled up before looking at the net. The sophomore midfielder then dished to the senior attackman, who was heading full steam toward the cage for a bouncing tally at 9:05 to make it 15-7.
Lucas Cotler, a junior midfielder who had two goals today, explained why his Elis may have gotten off to a slower start than expected. "Once we get a couple of goals in the back of the net, I think the confidence goes up and we start playing a little looser," said Cotler.
Yale's junior face-off sensation TD Ierlan also had a great afternoon by winning 23 of 24 attempts and grabbing 20 ground balls. He clearly seeks perfection in every game. "Obviously, I'd like to have the one I missed back, but I think it was a pretty good day overall," said the nation's top FOGO.
The Bulldogs host Brown next Saturday at 1 p.m. in another important league contest.
Yale's 43 ground balls were one shy of its season best of 44 vs. Michigan… The 66 shots at Penn last week had been a season high until today's 82… The Elis' 28-for-30 day on the X as a team was the best for 2019.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org