No. 15 Yale Opens Home Slate With Victory
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The wind chill was under 20 degrees for opening night at Reese Stadium, but the 2011 Yale men's lacrosse team's offense was cooking in a 22-6 win over Presbyterian.
The No. 15 Bulldogs, who improved to 2-0, broke open a 2-0 game early in the second period with eight goals before intermission to put the Blue Hose (1-3) away. Yale scored the game's first 11 goals and the margin never dipped under 10 the rest of the way as 13 different Elis hit the net and seven players had assists.
Freshman attackman Ryan McCarthy, starting in place of the injured Matt Gibson, scored three times and handed out two assists, while sophomores Deron Dempster (4 points) and Andrew Cordia chipped in three goals each. Brian Douglass (4 points), who extended his point streak to 16 games (longest active among Yale players), Gregory Mahony and Colin Still all had a pair of goals.
Three different Elis shared time in the net, but the Blue outshot the Blue Hose 54-19, so there wasn't much action in the home end. Johnathan Falcone (1 goal allowed) got the start, the win and four saves before giving way to Peter Spaulding (2 GA, 0 saves) and Jack Meyer (3, 1).
Yale, which had a 41-24 edge in ground balls, was cruising along at 13-1 in the third when Blue Hose defenseman Matt Melnyk was called for a major penalty, a blow to the head. The no release penalty ended up costing his squad three straight extra man tallies and the blowout increased its intensity.
Jon Athens, PC's superb senior goalie who entered the game with 66 saves in three games, made nine stops until being injured by a Mahony rocket with 8:04 left in the third.
"We tried to play a lot of guys tonight knowing we have a quick turnaround and another game tomorrow," said Yale head coach Andy Shay. "I'm happy with the way we played."
The Elis had plenty of highlight moments with almost everyone on the roster getting in the game. Junior midfielder Matt Miller stole a pass from Athens near the faceoff X and immediately fired the ball into an empty net in the third. Captain and LSM Patrick Coleman, who doesn't get involved much on the offensive end, made a great move as he was getting whacked (penalty for late hit) and bounced the ball into the net to make it 12-1. McCarthy's leaping, one-timer on a Miller feed outside the crease was also a memorable play.
Presbyterian scored five of the game's last eight goals but it was way too little and too late.
"It was only 2-0 after one period," said Mahony. "And their goalie had a hot hand coming into this game. We never undervalue an opponent, but it was good to get up and get a lot of guys some playing time."
BULLDOG BITES: The 22 goals were the most for the Blue since beating Holy Cross at home 22-3 in 2003... Ryan McCarthy and Brandon Mangan scored their first collegiate goals… Yale dominated in the X winning 23 of 30 faceoffs. Cole Yeager won 12 of 13 and Dylan Levings went 10-2. Alex Otero won one of five attempts… Seventeen different Elis had shots… The Blue hosts Mercer University Friday night at 7.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director