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No. 4 Yale Faces Non-League Test

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Elis Travel to Albany on Friday



The No. 4 ranked Bulldogs, who qualified for the 2019 Ivy League Tournament last week with a win at home over Brown, have a Friday night game at Albany (5-6, 4-1 America East) this week. The 7 p.m. game at Casey Stadium can be seen live on ESPN+.



Yale has an 8-7 edge over Albany in a series that began in 2000 with the first of 4 straight wins by the Bulldogs. The Great Danes took 3 of the last 5 meetings, but the Elis won the most important encounter last May in the NCAA Semifinals at Gillette Stadium.



Yale scored on its first 4 possessions in the first and second halves on the way to a 20-11 win over No. 2 seed Albany last May in the national semifinals played before 30,616 at Gillette Stadium. Matt Gaudet scored 6 times on 8 shots, Ben Reeves posted 9 points including 5 goals and Jackson Morrill contributed 3 goals and 5 assists in Yale's most prolific NCAA Tournament game ever.



Brown scored the game's first goal but Yale quickly took control of last Saturday's game at Reese Stadium on the way to a 17-12 win that earned the Elis a 10th straight trip to the Ivy Tournament. TD Ierlan, who played at Albany the last two years, won 22 of 28 face-offs and added a goal and an assist, Matt Gaudet had 5-1-6 and Jackson Morrill pitched in 4 goals and 6 points on a senior day that included senior goalie Hoyt Crance (6 saves) coming off the bench to earn the win.



Albany, coming off a 9-7 win over UMBC at home last week, also has wins over Drexel, Binghamton, Hartford and UMass-Lowell, while there were close losses to ranked Cornell and Maryland teams.



We know that Penn, which has clinched at least a share of the regular season title, and Yale are in the May 3-5 event hosted by Columbia, and that Brown, Cornell, Harvard and Princeton are fighting for the last pair of spots. The Elis, who have one Ivy game remaining (at Harvard, April 27), have now qualified for all 10 Ivy Tournaments.



Yale is 3-2 against teams currently ranked among the USILA Top 20… The Elis have 3 games left in the regular season, including the home finale next Tuesday night against Quinnipiac… Yale's two losses were in OT… The Blue seeks a 5th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. This year's quarterfinal locations are Rentschler Field at East Hartford, Conn., and Shuart Stadium at Hempstead, N.Y., with the championship weekend hosted by Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.




contact: Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity -