Hatch Joins Yale Coaching StaffPatrick Hatch, a three-time all-conference offensive lineman at Union College who spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Stony Brook, is Yale’s new tight ends coach.
Final “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” Results In; Yale Drive Leads Nation AgainWith the final numbers now in from across the country, Yale has officially led the nation in potential life-saving marrow donors added to the Be The Match Registry® through the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign. Yale’s total of new registrants at its drive, named in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), was 843. The second-best total was 581 from the University of Delaware. The “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign included 38 colleges and universities this year.
Yale Honors Seven Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior ReceptionSeven 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. Sam Haig (Greenwich, Conn.) of the men’s squash team, Heather May (Newport Beach, Calif.) of the coed and women’s sailing teams and Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) of the women’s ice hockey team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Dakota McCoy (Wexford, Pa.) of the women’s track and field team and Patrick O’Keefe (Pittsford, N.Y.) of the lightweight crew team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.) of the field hockey team and Collin Bibb (San Antonio, Texas) of the football team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
2013 Recruiting Class AnnouncedThirty new Bulldogs were added to the football roster as the first full recruiting class of Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Yale Head Coach, and his staff was announced today. There are 29 student-athletes in the class of 2017 and one newcomer from 2016 among the talented crop coming to New Haven this summer.
Saints Invite McHale to Mini CampHe made 211 tackles in a Yale uniform and will get a chance to show his skills to a National Football League team this spring. Senior linebacker Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.) has been invited to a New Orleans Saints mini-camp from May 10-12.
Spring Ball Ends With Defensive BangToday’s Yale Blue-White Game on the Class of 1954 Field at Yale Bowl was the perfect way to finish off spring practice while raising money for the Warrior-Scholar Program. The Bulldogs enjoyed cool temperatures and put on a great defensive performance in a 7-0 Blue win.
Big Day at Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive: 843 More Potential Life-Saving DonorsBy the time Thursday’s Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale took place, the previous four annual drives had already added more than 3,000 people to the Be The Match Registry® and identified at least 17 donor matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses. The three Yale teams that organize the drive each year -- field hockey, football and women’s ice hockey -- had a high standard to live up to in order to keep saving lives at such a rapid pace.
17 and Counting: Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive ThursdayAt least 17 life-saving donor matches for patients in need have been found through the Yale athletic department’s annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive during the last four years. This Thursday, the Bulldogs will attempt to add to that total. The drive, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven. It is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through a registration process that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Blue-White Saturday at 2 p.m.Yale’s Blue-White Game is this Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Class of 1954 Field at Yale Bowl, and the Bulldogs hope to finish spring practice with a great performance while raising money for the Warrior-Scholar Program.
Yale Football’s John Oppenheimer Makes Life-Saving Marrow DonationIn the spring of 2011, during his freshman year at Yale, John Oppenheimer recalls sitting in a meeting with his Yale football teammates in preparation for the team’s annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale. Oppenheimer had never heard about marrow donation before, but one of the speakers in particular caught his attention that day. Lexy Adams, a Yale field hockey player who had signed up at the 2010 drive, spoke to the group about how she had just donated to a patient with a life-threatening illness in need of a marrow transplant.
Spring Practices Begin March 27The 2013 Yale football team begins its on-field work this spring on March 27 with the first of 11 practices before the 2 p.m. April 20 Blue-White Game at Yale Bowl.
Yale Has Hot Stove Gridiron Media Lunch at Mory'sWith winter workouts coming to a close, the Joel E. Smilow ‘54 Head Coach of Yale Football, Tony Reno, and captain Beau Palin sat down with the media this week for a hot stove gridiron luncheon at Mory’s to talk about the offseason, recruiting and more.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 18In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration 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. 18 from 10 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. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Rice Named OLB CoachPaul Rice ’10, the captain of the 2009 Yale football team, has been named the Bulldogs’ new outside linebackers coach.
Hill Honored At IFA DinnerBulldogs love the cold of the winter, especially when they travel in packs, have plenty of food and drink and can talk about their gridiron glory days with an audience. So on a cold night in New York City, a bunch of them dressed in penguin suits gathered inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel to honor a famous Carm Cozza pupil at the 2013 Ivy Football Association Dinner.
Varga Earns CFPA HonorCollege Football Performance Awards (CFPA) named Yale sophomore Tyler Varga its “2012 Elite All-Purpose Performer” this week, adding to Bulldog running back’s list of honors.
TSN Has Varga on All-America ListTyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) added another accolade to his first NCAA football season when The Sports Network named him to its 2012 FCS All-America Team. The sophomore running back and return man earned second-team honors as an “all-purpose” player.
Varga Gets All-America HonorMissing two important league games and playing just eight of a 10-game overall schedule makes it tough to be considered for post-season honors. Yale sophomore Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) impressed enough people in those eight games to earn first-team league and New England honors. Today, he added to his 2012 accolades by being named an honorable mention Beyond Sports Network (bsncollege.com) FCS All-American.
Calvin Hill to be Honored at IFA dinnerCalvin Hill ’69, the former collegiate All-American and National Football League All-Pro running back, is Yale’s honoree at the 2013 Ivy Football Association (IFA) Dinner on Feb. 7 in the Broadway Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis.
All-New England Honors for VargaRunning Back Tyler Varga (Kitchner, Ont.) added to his 2012 honors by being named first-team All-New England today. The Yale sophomore, who leads the FCS in all-purpose yards, had already earned first-team All-Ivy League status and was named the Bulldogs’ team MVP.
Varga Earns First-Team All-IvyTyler Varga (Kitchner, Ont.), the Football Subdivision Championship leader in all-purpose yardage who was named team most valuable player last night, was named 2012 first-team All-Ivy League. The candidate for Ivy player of the year and All-America honors is one of six Yale players to earn all-league honors.
Palin Named 2013 CaptainBeau Palin, who started every game this fall at defensive end, has been named captain of the 2013 Yale Football Team. A team vote in the hotel the night before the season finale made Palin the first Wisconsin native to take the storied program’s top leadership position.
Wallace Earns AwardSophomore receiver Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.) had his best day as a Yale football player in the season finale at Harvard last Saturday. His 11 catches and 118 yards weren’t quite enough to get the Bulldogs the victory, but it did earn him one of the Ivy League Players of the Week awards from collegefootballperformance.com.
Annual Banquet Offers Chance for Bulldogs to Reflect on ProgressSlightly more than 48 hours removed from an emotional end to the 2012 season, the Yale football team gathered at Commons Monday night for the team’s annual banquet. This was the first under Tony Reno as Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, and while much of the night was dedicated to the graduating seniors there was also clearly an air of optimism in looking forward to next year. The progress the Bulldogs made under the new coaching staff had just been illustrated by a hard-fought battle with the heavily favored Crimson in the 119th edition of The Game; Yale led until two late touchdowns gave Harvard a 34-24 win.
The Game No. 129 Saturday at BostonIts Ivy League title hopes were dashed in week seven, but the Yale football team doesn’t need motivation for the season finale. A senior class with just one opponent yet to beat isn’t what drives the Bulldogs this week. The rivalry known as The Game is all that really matters as Yale and Harvard get set for the 129th edition at noon on Saturday at Harvard Stadium. One of the most revered traditions in sports can be seen live on NBC Sports Network and heard on WELI Radio (AM-960, weli.com) and student radio station wybcx.com.
No. 24 Harvard Rallies Past Yale in The Game, 34-24The 129th edition of The Game Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium wound up coming down to the final minutes, something that would have surprised anyone who just looked at the won-lost records of Yale and No. 24 Harvard at the start of the day. Playing the role of underdogs, the Bulldogs took the lead with just 7:07 to play and appeared on the verge of an upset. But Harvard staged one last rally, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 4:44 left and then putting The Game out of reach with another touchdown with 1:08 remaining to win 34-24.
Watch Four Events Live Saturday on Yale All-AccessYale All-Access has live and on demand video coverage of four Yale athletics events Saturday: football vs. Princeton at noon, men’s soccer vs. Princeton at 3:00 p.m., volleyball vs. Dartmouth at 5:00 p.m. and men’s ice hockey vs. St. Lawrence at 7:00 p.m.
Senior Salute With Tigers in TownSome still refer to it as the “Big Three,” others know it as the first of two rival weeks for the Bulldogs with Princeton coming to Yale Bowl this Saturday. Yale’s 2012 home finale, the last opportunity for 23 seniors to sink their cleats into the Class of 1954 Field, is a noon kickoff that can be seen on YES Network and heard on WELI (AM-960, weli.com) and wybcx.com (student).
Opportunistic Princeton Tops Yale, 29-7The Princeton football team was admittedly caught by surprise when the Yale offense, already without its top three quarterbacks, came out without sophomore starting tailback Tyler Varga and managed to put together an early touchdown drive Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. But the Tigers adjusted, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for the final three quarters as two Yale drives ended with fumbles deep in Princeton territory. And aided by a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Trocon Davis that broke a 7-7 tie late in the second quarter, Princeton was able to score the final 29 points of the game to come away with a 29-7 win.
Bulldogs, Bears at Brown SaturdayThe Yale football team looks for momentum over the last three games of 2012 when it travels this weekend to Providence. The Bulldogs and Brown Bears tangle at Brown Stadium in a 12:30 game that can be seen on YES Network and heard on WELI (AM-960, weli.com) and wybcx.com (student).
Bulldogs Fall at BrownA banged-up Yale offense was facing its second straight game with a quarterback situation jumbled by injuries Saturday at Brown Stadium, and that showed in the results. With freshman starter Eric Williams limited by a variety of injuries, the Bulldogs were held to 22 passing yards. While sophomore tailback Tyler Varga once again filled in admirably at quarterback and rushed for 104 yards, ultimately the Brown defense kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard and the Bears came away with a 20-0 win.
Varga Earns Gold HelmetTyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.), the Yale offensive star who leads the Ivy League in rushing, has been named the Gold Helmet recipient for New England Division I football players after gaining 220 yards on 25 carries in last Saturday’s game at Columbia.
Varga Gets National HonorYale sophomore Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) earned National Running Back of the Week honors from College Football Performance Awards after gaining 220 yards on 25 carries in last Saturday’s game at Columbia.
Bridgton Academy Beats Yale JV Team 7-6With quarterbacks in short supply, Yale's junior varsity did the same thing Sunday the varsity had on Saturday. It improvised. And it almost worked. Senior Scott Williams, brother of injured varsity starter freshman Eric Williams, took the snaps in shotgun formation for the JV Sunday. Unlike Eric, Scott has been a linebacker in his Yale career.
Bulldogs Take on Lions in NYThe Yale football team, which kept its hopes alive for a piece of the Ivy League title with a win last week, plays in Manhattan this Saturday. The Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2 Ivy) take on Columbia (1-5, 0-3) at 12:30 in a game that can be seen on YES Network and heard on WELI (AM-960, weli.com) and wybcx.com (student).
Late Rally Lifts Columbia Over Yale 26-22The Yale football team, playing with sophomore tailback Tyler Varga filling in as quarterback with the top three signal-callers all out due to injury, came within 45 seconds of finding a way to win at Columbia. But ultimately, the Lions were able to overcome an outstanding effort by Varga in his new role -- he ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns -- and beat the Elis 26-22 on a last-minute touchdown pass.
Yale Gets 2 Ivy AwardsFor the first time this year, two members of the Yale football team earned Ivy League honors from one contest. Senior Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.) was special teams player of the week, while freshman Logan Scott (Woodland Hills, Calif.) earned rookie honors.
Quakers Come To Bowl SaturdaySince the Ivy League began naming champions in 1956, there have only been two winners with a pair of losses, the last one coming 20 years ago. The Yale football team has 14 championships, but none have come with more than one loss. Thus the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-2 Ivy) have been pushed to the brink with the Penn Quakers (2-3, 2-0) coming to the Bowl for a noon kickoff this Saturday on Heroes Day, Yale Employee Day and Walter Camp Football Foundation Day. The Ancient Eight contest airs live on NBC Sports Network, WELI (AM-960, weli.com) and wybcx.com (student).
Resilient Bulldogs Pull Out 27-13 Win over PennBattling through the loss of freshman starting quarterback Eric Williams, the Yale football team nabbed its first Ivy League win of the season Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field, beating Penn 27-13. With Williams knocked out of the game on the second drive, senior Derek Russell and freshman Logan Scott both saw time at quarterback and moved the ball effectively, tossing one touchdown pass each. The Bulldogs also ran for 203 yards, including 96 on 26 carries by sophomore tailback Tyler Varga, en route to a season high in points. The Yale defense limited Penn to a 6-for-16 performance on third downs, and got a key interception from senior linebacker Brian Leffler.