Shares League Spotlight with Brother
PRINCETON, N.J. – Breaking NCAA records is nothing new for TD Ierlan, who established single-season face-off standards last spring before transferring to Yale. The junior FOGO added the single-game record to his resume last Saturday at Harvard when he won all 26 attempts, which has earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this spring.
Ierlan, who had 20 ground balls, a goal and an assist in the 22-11 win to close out the regular season at Boston, leads the nation in win percentage (.794) and ground balls (14.6). His practice plan has not changed as the season grows longer, but he may have been prophetic in his thoughts about workouts leading up to the Harvard game.
"This time of year you still have to grind and make sure you don't get soft. We have to stick to our routine," said Ierlan last Thursday at Reese Stadium. "Jack [Mattei] and Joe [Neuman] do a great job of keeping me prepared. We sometimes get on each other's nerves. We are ready to kill each other by the end of every week. I told them this is really going to suck, I'm going to be mean this week."
He was mean, to the Harvard players who tried to take the ball from him. Ierlan and the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs are 11-2 and the No. 2 seed in this weekend's Ivy League Tournament at Columbia.
This is the second time the Yale junior has shared the league spotlight with his brother, Chayse, who was rookie of the week as the goalie at Cornell. The two face each other Friday night in the second Ivy semifinal at Wien Stadium. The Ierlan brothers were both selected on April 22 as well.
It was also the fourth time this year TD Ierlan has earned POW and been on the USILA Team of the Week.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Athletics Communications – firstname.lastname@example.org