Five 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.
The 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.
In 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.
This 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.
Henry 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.
Jesse 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.
Ten 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.
Three 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.
Ten 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.
The 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.).
Captaining 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.
There 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.
In 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.
A 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.
One 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.
The 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.
Fifty 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.
Only 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.
Freshman 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.
Two 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.
Yale’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.
Bridgton 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.
Two 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.
In 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.
Welcome 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.
Defending 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.