Brandau, Starr, Ierlan Lead Elis to 5th Straight Win
PRINCETON, N.J. – For the second time this year the defending national champions trailed in the second half but raced back to grab a victory. Today's comeback, a 15-10 decision over Princeton, gave the No. 3 Yale Men's Lacrosse Team its fifth straight win.
There were many key contributors on offense, including rookie Matt Brandau, who followed up a 6-goal,8-point effort last weekend with a game-high 4-tallies and 6 points today. He scored three consecutive times between the third and fourth quarters as the Bulldogs went from a 7-6 deficit to a 9-7 advantage. Two of those tallies followed tough ground balls and great athletic moves by the newcomer.
Starr, a sophomore who recorded a career-high 16 saves, helped the defense limit the Tigers to just one score in the first quarter and 5 in the first half. Half of his stops came in the first 30 minutes, which was crucial because Yale's offense, which would eventually have nine different goal scorers, had not started clicking.
Ierlan, who won 21 of 28 face-offs and had 17 ground balls, made sure the visitors had an opportunity to click on offense and erase a halftime deficit that became a 6-4 deficit early in the third quarter. That's when the Blue went on a 7-1 run, including 3 goals from Brandau, to put the game away,
Ierlan not only got possession for the Elis, who had a 41-27 advantage in ground balls, the junior also scored an emphatic, fourth-quarter goal that helped clinch the victory.
Another consistent element of Yale's fifth regular season win in the last six against Princeton was the play of sophomore All-American Chris Fake. The Eli defenseman drew the assignment of 200-point scorer Michael Sowers and limited the junior to a goal and 4 assists.
Brian Tevlin, who donated marrow on Wednesday to help save a life and sat out today's game, was on the sideline wearing a sweatshirt, helping his teammates in the victory. Tevlin had the surgery in New Jersey and met the team today at Princeton,.. The Bulldogs take a break from league play Tuesday night to host Air Force (6-2, 2-0 SoCon) at Reese Stadium. The Falcons defeated Furman on the road today 11-7.
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