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Yale Takes on Virginia in National Title Game

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Bulldogs Play Cavaliers Monday at 1 pm


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bulldogs and Cavaliers, who have 6 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships between them, square off Monday at Lincoln Financial Field for the 2019 national title. No. 5 seed Yale (15-3) takes on No. 3 Virginia (16-3) for the first time in 28 years at 1 p.m. in a contest airing live on ESPN2. 

This is the 8th meeting and the Bulldogs have a 4-3 edge in a series dating to a 1927 game (17-2 Yale) at New Haven. The last meeting, in 1991, was a 13-6 UVA win at Charlottesville, while the only NCAA Tournament encounter was a double OT, 10-9 Cavaliers victory at New Haven in 1988.

4/09/1927, Y win at New Haven, 17-2
3/27/1956, UVA win at Charlottesville, 8-6
3/23/1956, Y win at Charlottesville, 4-3
4/02/1966, Y win at Charlottesville, 12-6
3/15/1969, UVA win at Charlottesville, 12-8 (Exhibition)
5/18/1988, UVA win at New Haven, 10-9 2 OT    (NCAA 1st Round)
3/20/1990, Y win at Charlottesville, 10-7
3/19/1991, UVA win at Charlottesville, 13-6

Yale, which scored a school, NCAA-record 21 goals on Saturday in a win over No. 1 Penn State, has won 9 of its last 10 games overall. The Elis, looking for a second national title, have now won 7 consecutive national tourney games. The Bulldogs got scoring from 11 different players, including a school, rookie record 7 by Matt Brandau. TD Ierlan won 28 face-offs and scooped 20 ground balls on the way to breaking his own NCAA single-season standard for the later. Yale won 21-17 but had a 10-1 lead before PSU came charging back.

Virginia, the ACC Tournament Champions, enters the title game with 7 straight wins this spring and an impressive history of NCAA competition. UVA owns a 51-33 all-time record in NCAA games and 5 national titles, while the Cavs are third in Division I tournament appearances. They earned this year's game against Yale by beating Duke 13-12 in OT on Saturday.


contact: Steve Conn, Yale Athletics Communications -