March 31, 2009
The Yale men's lacrosse team (4-4, 1-2 Ivy) has faced two perennial national powers over the last three games, and all four Bulldog losses have been to nationally ranked squads this spring. Things don't get any easier this Saturday with a 3 p.m. game at No. 12 Brown (7-1, 1-0), which beat Delaware last weekend. The Elis, coming off an 11-7 loss to Princeton last Saturday at Reese Stadium, try to even their Ancient Eight record and avenge a 9-8 home loss to the Bears last April.
Yale and Brown have split the last six meetings though the Bears hold a 33-17 edge heading into the 51st meeting. The Bears have taken three of the last four games which have all been decided by one goal, while six of the last seven meetings have been single-goal decisions.
LAST YEAR AT REESE
Kyle Hollingsworth's goal with 11 seconds left gave Brown a 9-8 win over Yale at Reese Stadium. The lead changed hands four times and the score was tied at five different moments. This one was more than likely decided by extra-man opportunities. The Bears were 3-for-4 with the EMO while Yale was blanked on four attempts. The loss spoiled a sparkling effort by Gregory DuBoff, who won 16 of 19 faceoffs and dominated another talented league opponent. Other than the draws, the stats were close. Brown had the edge in shots (34-30) while Yale had more ground balls (29-25). Brown's Thomas Muldoon led all scorers with four goals, while Brendan Gibson (3 goals) and Kyle Washabaugh (2) had good showings for the Elis. Both goalies played very well. Yale senior George Carafides stopped 10 shots while Brown's Jordan Burke had 11.
LEADING THE BLUE
Senior A Michael Karwoski leads the Blue with 15 goals and 22 points, while junior M Matt Fuchs has a team-high eight assists. Another reason the Elis have been hanging with some of the nation's best is the play of faceoff specialist Kevin Discepolo, who has a .549 mark with 52 ground balls. Sophomore G Jonathan Falcone (.525, 11.21, 4-3) has also kept Yale in many games. The schedule does not get easier for these guys, who have four games left with teams currently in the USILA top 20.
Brown, which has scored 94 goals, is led by Andrew Feinberg, who has hit the net 21 times with 11 assists. Kyle Hollingsworth also has 32 points but with 14 goals. Jordan Burke has all eight decisions in net with a 7.64 GAA and a .620 save percentage. The lone blemish on the Brown slate is an OT loss to Hofstra.
Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director