Blue Faces No. 20 UMass Saturday

Feb. 25, 2009

The Yale men's lacrosse team passed its first test of 2009 with an opening-day, 13-8 win at Holy Cross last Saturday. Test No. 2 is this Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at No. 20 Massachusetts (1-1).

SERIES

The Minutemen, who took the first contest with Yale in 1972, have won 17 of the 23 meetings. The Blue, however, has taken three of the last five. Six of the last seven games have been decided by three goals or less. This is the ninth consecutive year Yale and UMass meet.

LAST MEETING

Jonathan Koenig had two goals and Brendan Gibson added a goal and two assists as the Bulldogs knocked off No. 14 UMass 7-4 before 1,025 at Reese Stadium. Unranked Yale (1-1) outshot the Minutemen 25-22 and had more ground balls (32-21), but faceoff specialist Gregory DuBoff may have been the key to victory. DuBoff won 11 of 14 faceoffs and had seven ground balls. Yale goalie George Carafides finished with nine saves.

COACHES

Yale head coach Andy Shay, a 1994 LeMoyne graduate, is 3-2 against UMass, the team he assisted for four years prior to his arrival in New Haven. Greg Cannella (UMass '88), in his 13th year as UMass head coach, is 7-4 against the Bulldogs. He has led the Minutemen to five NCAA Tournaments and has four victories.

YALE BEATS CRUSADERS

Michael Karwoski, who had three goals and an assist, was one of eight Yale players to hit the net as Yale opened its 2009 season by racing past Holy Cross 13-8. Junior Brendan Gibson clinched the game with two late goals, and he added three assists. Sophomore Brian Douglass and rookie Matt Miller each chipped in a pair of goals. Sophomore Jonathan Falcone, making his first career start, earned the win in the Yale net with 16 saves, including eight in the third period.

MINUTEMEN FALL TO HOFSTRA

Hofstra, which erased a 7-3 halftime deficit, outscored UMass 8-3 in the second half on the way to an 11-10 win. The game-winning goal came with four seconds remaining in regulation. Evan Blum, Rory Pedrick, and Joe Reale each netted two goals in the defeat. The loss was UMass' first when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004. The Minutemen had won 29 straight when scoring in double figures. Hofstra had the advantage in shots, 56-31, while Doc Schneider made eight saves for UMass, ranked No. 20 in this week's USILA poll.

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