Yale Honors Five Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior ReceptionFive seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women's fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Alfonso Costa (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of the men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams and Annie Killian (Nashville, Tenn.) of the women’s swimming & diving team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Lidia Gocheva (Sofia, Bulgaria) of the women’s fencing team and Alex Gornitzky (Toms River, N.J.) of the men’s swimming and diving team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Killian and Shane Bannon (Southbury, Conn.) of the football team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
Huge Turnout Again; Mandi Schwartz Drive Adds Nearly 900 to Be The Match RegistryThe woman that inspired the drives was gone, but her spirit clearly remained as Yale Athletics hosted its annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive Thursday at Commons. Mandi, the women’s ice hockey center whose battle with cancer helped draw record-setting numbers of people to Yale’s first two drives, had passed away just 18 days before Thursday’s drive. With her tragic story still fresh in everyone’s minds, the Bulldogs banded together and added nearly 900 people to the Be The Match Registry in Mandi’s honor. It was the second biggest drive of its kind, trailing only Yale’s drive from a year ago.
Yale Names Marrow Donor Registry Drive in Honor of Mandi SchwartzIn recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registry drives, the Yale athletic department has named its annual drive in honor of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Food will be served.
Yale Student-Athletes Start Eli’s FriendsThis spring semester saw the start of Eli’s Friends, a student-athlete run program that supports young patients at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The program was founded by Alfonso Costa (Men's Basketball and Lacrosse) and Michael Pratt (Men's Lacrosse) and currently consists of 14 student-athletes who have gone through an extensive training to become volunteers with this organization. The students, listed below, go to the hospital in various groups every Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
Higdon To Be Honored by IFAHenry Higdon ’63, a former Yale football player, will be honored Thursday night at the 2011 Ivy Football Association Banquet at Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria. The IFA selected Higdon as Yale’s distinguished alumnus for the sixth annual event, which begins at 6 p.m.
Reising, Witt Earn FCS Academic AwardsJesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.) and Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), two starters from the 2010 Yale Football Team, were among the 52 selected for the 13th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. The squad was announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) today.
10 Bulldogs Earn Fall Academic All-Ivy HonorsTen Yale student-athletes have earned Fall Academic All-Ivy honors. Football players Patrick Witt and Jesse Reising, Jeff Perrella from the cross country team, soccer player Eric Meyer and lightweight rower William Zeng were honored on the men’s side. The women selected were soccer players Kate Macauley and Miyuki Hino, field hockey player Dinah Landshut, volleyball player Taylor Cramm and rower Stephanie Madner.
3 Bulldogs Earn All-NE HonorsThree Yale defensive players who earned first-team All-Ivy honors this fall have been named to the 2010 FCS All-New England team as selected by the New England Football Writers. Seniors SS Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) and DE Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.) and junior LB Jordan Haynes all made the All-New England squad.
Reising Slated For Hospital Release TodayJesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), the Yale senior linebacker who was taken off the field with an injury at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, is scheduled to be released from a Boston hospital today.
10 Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy HonorsTen members of the Yale football team were selected to the 2010 All-Ivy League squad announced today by the Ivy Group. The 10 Bulldogs cover 11 spots, including three on the first team, five second-team picks and three honorable mentions. Three of the players made the all-league team for a second time.
Senior Salute & More at 2010 Team BanquetThe 2010 Yale football team gathered for the last time less than 24 hours after Saturday’s season finale in Boston to celebrate the 27 members of the senior class as part of the official team banquet in the Yale Commons. The Bulldogs also announced the team award winners and introduced 2011 captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.).
Haynes Named 2011 CaptainCaptaining a football team is nothing new for Jordan Haynes ’12 (Folsom, Calif.), who was introduced as the leader of the 2011 Yale squad at this morning’s team banquet. Haynes, who led the Elis with 102 tackles this fall, captained his high school team for two seasons.
Plenty at Stake For THE GAMEThere is hope for a piece of an Ivy League title if the Bulldogs end the 2010 season at Harvard Stadium with a fourth straight win (The Elis do need good news “from high above Cuyuga’s waters” to make that a reality). A rivalry called The Game began 135 years ago and celebrates its 127th edition with a noon kickoff Saturday. Yale-Harvard is the Ivy League Game of the Week on Versus and Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 130). The Game can also be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.
Harvard Prevails in The Game, 28-21In a season full of comebacks and thrilling last-minute wins, the Yale football team came up just short in its bid for another one Saturday afternoon at Harvard in the 127th edition of The Game. After the Crimson used a kickoff return for a touchdown and a pair of short touchdown drives in the second half to go up 28-14, the Bulldogs closed the gap with junior tailback Alex Thomas’ third touchdown run of the day. But Yale’s final drive ended up nine yards short of a first down with 42 seconds to play, enabling Harvard to run out the clock on a 28-21 win in front of a sellout crowd of 31,398.
Harvard Edges Yale 28-21 in The JV GameA pair of third-quarter touchdown runs provided the difference Friday afternoon at Harvard Stadium in The JV Game, as Harvard edged Yale 28-21. The Crimson overcame a pair of interceptions and lost fumbles, including one interception and one fumble recovery by sophomore defensive back Russell Perkins.
Calvin Hill Presented With Doak Walker Legends AwardOne of Yale’s all-time football greats was on hand on Saturday at Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field to see the Bulldogs knock off Princeton and receive special recognition. Calvin Hill ’69, who starred for Yale in the late 1960s, was presented with the Doak Walker Legends Award.
Carm Cozza Complex DedicatedThe Carm Cozza Complex was dedicated on Nov. 13 as part of the Yale-Princeton Football weekend. Named for Yale’s Hall of Fame football coach, the complex spans the entire second floor of the Smilow Field Center and brings the entire Yale football team together.
Princeton Coming To Bowl With Title At StakeFifty years ago the Yale football team used a 43-22 win over Princeton to propel it to a perfect season and an Ivy League title. The 2010 Bulldogs hope for a similar fate as the Tigers come to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field on Saturday. The Elis, tied with Harvard for second place and a game behind Penn, look for an important win on the day the last perfect Yale team celebrates its golden anniversary. The noon kickoff, the last home game for 24 Yale seniors, can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com and heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.
Bulldogs Stay in Title Hunt with 14-13 Win Over PrincetonOnly two teams remain in contention for the Ivy League title after Saturday’s games, and the Yale Bulldogs are one of them thanks to a 14-13 win over Princeton at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. Yale got a 57-yard fumble return for a touchdown by junior free safety Geoff Dunham and a 16-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Patrick Witt to senior tight end Chris Blohm to back a defense that shut down Princeton’s offense for the final 32 minutes, allowing the Tigers only 64 yards on their final eight possessions as they tried to mount a comeback.
Smith Earns National, League HonorIt’s no surprise that Chris Smith, who had 223 all-purpose yards at Brown, earned two different honors for his big day in Yale’s 27-24 Ivy League win last Saturday.
JVs Beat Army 35-28Freshman wide receiver Cameron Sandquist had three touchdown catches, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, as the Yale junior varsity football team beat Army 35-28 Sunday afternoon at Frank Field.
Elis Have Crucial Game at BrownTwo teams with 3-1 league records looking up at first place with hope meet this week at Providence this Saturday to determine who stays in the hunt for an Ancient Eight Title. Yale and Brown kickoff at 12:30 at Brown Stadium. The game can be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com and seen through brownbears.com on b2tv.com.
Smith’s Two Return TDs Fuel 27-24 Win at BrownYale’s special teams unit came up with its best game of the year just when the Bulldogs needed it most. Highlighted by two kickoff returns for touchdowns by sophomore wide receiver Chris Smith, the Bulldogs edged Brown 27-24 at Brown Stadium Saturday afternoon to remain in the hunt for the Ivy League title.
Koury, Reising Earn Academic HonorTwo seniors on the Yale football team, Jake Koury (Dublin, Ohio) and Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), have earned first-team 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Bridgton Tops Yale JVs 21-6Bridgton Academy broke open a 7-6 game with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, handing Yale’s junior varsity football team a 21-6 loss Sunday afternoon at Frank Field. Freshman defensive back Max Napolitano had a pair of interceptions, and freshman quarterback John Whitelaw and freshman H-back Beau Palin combined for Yale’s lone touchdown.
Bulldogs Look To Stay in HuntTwo losses, in all likelihood, will knock a team out of the race for the 2010 Ivy League title. Thats why Saturdays game at Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field is crucial for the Yale football team (4-2, 2-1 Ivy). The Bulldogs take on Columbia (3-3, 1-2) at noon on the YES Network (DirecTV 631). The game can also be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.
Yale Holds Off Columbia, 31-28In the end, Yale’s first half was better than Columbia’s second half -- and as a result, the Bulldogs kept themselves in the hunt for the Ivy League title with a 31-28 win over the Lions Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. Yale built up a 31-7 lead in the first 30 minutes thanks to three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Patrick Witt, including the first two career TDs for freshman wide receiver Cameron Sandquist. The Yale defense forced three fumbles and picked off two passes, along with coming up with a stand on Columbia’s final drive of the day, to deny the hard-charging Lions after they scored 21 unanswered points in the second half.
2-0 Ivy Showdown at the BowlWelcome to the beginning of the Ancient Eight stretch run. The two Ivy teams that are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play square off Saturday at Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field. Yale, coming off a win at home over Fordham, and No. 20 Penn, which beat Columbia on Saturday, kick at noon in the second straight week of Yale on YES. In addition to the TV broadcast on the YES Network (DirecTV 631), you can hear the game on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.
Late Comeback Falls Short Against Penn, 27-20Defending league champion Penn prevailed in a battle of Ivy League unbeatens Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field, withstanding a late Yale comeback for a 27-20 win. The Bulldogs got 331 passing yards from junior quarterback Patrick Witt, including a pair of touchdowns, but the Quakers had one score set up by an interception and also got a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Fordham Comes To Bowl SaturdayThe last non-league game of the 2010 Yale football season and the first of three straight Yale on YES games - is Saturday at noon when Fordham comes to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field. The contest can be seen on the YES Network, while audio is available on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.
Banged-Up Bulldogs Pull Out Another One, 7-6 Over FordhamSome of the names may have changed, but the end result was the same for the Yale football team Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field: another game that came down to the wire, and another win. Yales offense, which entered the day 11th in the country in total offense, had to make do without its starting quarterback, top two tailbacks, and two starters on the offensive line. The Bulldogs got all the scoring they needed on a 29-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Brook Hart to senior wide receiver Jordan Forney in the fourth quarter, and sophomore defensive lineman Chris Dooleys field goal block in the fourth quarter helped seal the victory.
Panico Earns Gold HelmetPhilippe Panico (Boston, Mass.), who kicked the game-winning field goal on Oct. 9 at Dartmouth, has been named the winner of the Oct. 13 Gold Helmet Award presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
Cozza Statue To Be UnveiledFormer Yale Football Head Coach Carm Cozza, the winningest coach in Ivy League history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, will be honored at Miami University on Oct. 22 and 23 for being one of the Cradle of Coaches.
Back in Ivy PlayYale (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) and Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1), both coming off close losses last week, renew their ancient gridiron rivalry at modernized Memorial Field (13,000) this Saturday at 1:30 pm. The Bulldogs hope to stay perfect in league play while the Big Green try avoid opening 2010 Ivy play with consecutive defeats. The contest can be seen live on dartmouthsports.com, while audio is available on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com, wybc.com and on Sirius Satellite (130).
Panicos Field Goal on Final Play Beats Dartmouth, 23-20Sophomore placekicker Philippe Panico made the first field goal of his career a memorable one, drilling a 19-yarder as time expired to give Yale a 23-20 win at Dartmouth Saturday afternoon. The drive for the game-winner was set up by senior cornerback Chris Stanley stripping the ball away from a Big Green running back and setting up the Yale offense at the Dartmouth 47 with 1:06 to play. It ended a back-and-forth game that saw four lead changes and 780 yards of total offense.
Reising Semifinalist for Campbell TrophyJesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), a senior linebacker on the Yale football team, has been named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, a scholar-athlete award handed out December 7 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Yale-Albany Saturday at NoonIts a dog-eat-dog world and either a Bulldog or a Great Dane will come out on top Saturday at Yale Bowl on the Class of 54 Field. Yale meets the University at Albany for the first time ever on the gridiron. The initial meeting, which occurs on Youth Day with a noon kickoff, can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com, while audio is available on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com.
Albany Hands Yale First Loss of Season, 23-20Albany handed Yale its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon, surviving a late threat from the Bulldogs for a 23-20 win. On a day where special teams play was pivotal, a blocked punt return for a touchdown by the Great Danes in the first quarter, combined with another Albany TD in the second quarter that was set up by downing a punt at the Yale one-yard line, put the Elis in an hole that proved to be too big. The Yale defense held Albany to 108 yards in the second half, but 80 of those came on a touchdown drive that helped put the game away.