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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs, looking to get their first victory in 2019, have a huge challenge this Saturday at home. No. 6/7 Yale looks to rebound from an opening-day loss by hosting the third-highest scoring team in the country, No. 2 Penn State. The Elis (0-1) and Nittany Lions (3-0) square off in a 1 p.m. game at Reese Stadium airing live on ESPN+ and on Stretch Internet (international).
Yale and Penn State have played 3 times since a 1940 exhibition, box lacrosse meeting inside Payne Whitney Gym. The Elis have a 2-1 edge including an NCAA Tournament contest at State College in 2013.
Yale-Penn State Meetings
03/02/1940, 12-9 PSU,Exhibition - Box Lacrosse in PWG
03/12/1997, 11-6 PSU, @ Boca Raton, Fla.
03/11/2003, 17-15 Yale, @ St. Andrews, Fla.
05/11/2013, 10-7 Yale, @ State College (NCAA Tournament)
Yale and Penn State last competed in the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament where the Bulldogs rode a second half comeback to a 10-7 victory.
YALE LAST WEEK
The Elis overcame a late, three-goal deficit before falling 11-10 in OT to visiting Villanova before a big crowd at Reese Stadium. Jackson Morrill led the Elis with a pair of goals and five points, while Jack Tigh, captain John Daniggelis and Matt Gaudet each hit the net twice. Jack Starr finished with 10 saves, while TD Ierlan won 18 of 25 face-offs.
Penn State is riding a 3-0 record coming into this weekend. They've quickly risen to the No. 2 spot in national rankings after racking up 61 goals. Junior Mac O'Keefe leads the way with 14 goals. Seven of those came in a 17-4 win at Stony Brook last weekend. The PSU defense hasn't been bad either; it ranks fourth in Division I allowing seven goals per contest.
contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity - firstname.lastname@example.org