Bulldogs Earn Shot at Penn in Championship Game
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Yale defense picked a good time to have its finest outing of the 2019 season. Jack Starr made 12 saves and his defensive mates held No. 9 Cornell to 5 goals over the first 49 minutes while not allowing a shot during a span of nearly 11 minutes in the Bulldogs' 15-10 Ivy League Tournament semifinal win.
"They played incredible," said Yale Head Coach Andy Shay, referring to his defense. "They [Cornell] were playing with desperation, so it's a challenge. It was an incredible defensive performance."
The No. 2 Elis (12-2) earn a rematch on Sunday at noon with No. 3 Penn for the championship and the automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
The defense had its best day of the year, but the offense, which came from multiple sources, was also a bright spot. Matt Brandau scored 5 goals and had 6 points, Jackson Morrill had 3-3-6 and Jack Tigh added 3-1-4 to help the Bulldogs build a 13-5 lead in the third quarter on the way to a sixth straight win and Yale's fifth in the last seven meetings with the Big Red.
One reason why the Bulldogs got 46 shots was the play of junior Ivy League Player of the Year TD Ierlan, who won 21 of 27 face-offs, grabbed 16 ground balls and scored a goal.
It was all Morrill, the junior Tewaaraton Award nominee, and Tigh in the first quarter. Morrill muscled his way to the game's first two tallies prior to the senior attackman notching consecutive goals. That helped set the tone for the night.
Brandau and Ierlan helped the tournament's No. 2 seed take the momentum heading into halftime. The rookie attackman hit the net on consecutive unassisted goals to give the Blue a 7-3 lead, while Ierlan followed up a Cornell tally by winning the ensuring face-off and racing to the net before bouncing a shot past his brother, Chayse, six seconds later to send the Elis into intermission up 8-4.
Yale Head Coach Andy Shay picked up his 150th career win tonight and looks for his sixth Ivy Tournament title on Sunday… Brandau had 6 goals in the regular season meeting with Cornell and now has 11 goals this season against the Red. The Yale attackman now owns the school rookie record for goals and points... Yale takes on the Quakers in a noon start on ESPNU… Penn beat Brown 13-12 in the first semifinal… This is the first time in the 10-year history of the league tournament that 3 teams (Yale 2, Penn 3, Cornell 9) have been ranked among the top 10.
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