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Yale Rides Defense to 13-6 Win over AF

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No. 2 Bulldogs Have Won  6 Straight

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 10-man ride was a big factor in Yale increasing its win streak to six. The Bulldogs caused Air Force to fail on nine clears in a 13-6 non-league lacrosse victory at Reese Stadium.

Yale, ranked No. 2 in the latest polls, never trailed tonight, but it took a little while to put away the pesky Falcons, who brought a three-game win streak to New Haven. The Elis had a 7-5 lead before reeling off six straight goals, one of which was the result of the defensive ride.

Jackson Morrill, who was applying pressure in the Air Force end after an EMO turnover, jumped and got his stick on a pass from the Falcons' goalie. The ball popped up in the air and then landed just outside the crease before rolling into the net.

"It was probably the heart-breaking moment for them [Air Force]," said Yale Head Coach Andy Shay. "I haven't seen that [happen] before, but we will take it. It's a man-up goal."

"It [the goal] was a lucky play," said Morrill of the ride goal. The coaches have been putting pressure on the attack to do more on the ride. They challenged us to hustle more. I was chasing the goalie on the left side and knew he was in some trouble. He only had one outlet, so I jumped in the air and threw my stick and got lucky."

His hustle increased the chance for the lucky bounce, but the junior attackman was solid on offense all night with five points and some nifty passes through traffic. Classmate Matt Gaudet, who took some pretty big hits but fought through bodies to find the net, notched a game-high three goals while senior Jack Tigh pitched in a pair of tallies and three points.

While those upperclassmen were getting it done at that end of the field, the Yale defense and sophomore goalie Jack Starr (7 saves, 51 minutes) had it covered the other way, allowing the fewest goals of the young season. The Elis caused seven of the 15 Air Force turnovers and almost doubled up the visitors on ground balls.

Like every game in this string of success, junior TD Ierlan was a critical factor. This time, the All-American won 19 of 21 face-offs, including 13 straight to start the game, and scooped a dozen ground balls.

 

BULLDOG BITES

The Elis travel to Philadelphia this Saturday for a game against Penn, which has won four straight and is also 2-0 in Ivy play… Brian Tevlin, who donated marrow to a leukemia patient last Wednesday, missed his second game. His status is day-to-day as he awaits clearance to return to the field… Andy Shay was the featured guest today on Paul Carcaterra's Overtime U.S. Lacrosse Magazine podcast

 

Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity – steven.conn@yale.edu