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No. 18 Blue Hosts Lehigh Saturday at 2

Cole Yeager. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Cole Yeager. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 18 Yale men's lacrosse team (3-0 overall, 0-0 Ivy) gets its toughest test at home to date when Patriot League foe Lehigh (3-2, 1-0 Patriot) comes to Reese Stadium Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.



Yale and Lehigh have met seven times. The Mountain Hawks trounced the Blue in the first, in 1918, but Yale has taken the last six. The most recent game was in 2010, the first meeting ever at Bethlehem. The last meeting at Reese Stadium was a 15-9 decision in 2003. Four of the meetings have been at New Haven, the other two at neutral sites during spring break.



Neither heavy rain nor cold winds could prevent Yale from moving its record to 4-0 a year ago at Frank Banko '41 Field. Gregory Mahony had four goals as the Bulldogs held off a late comeback in an 8-6 win at Lehigh. The Elis had the advantage in shots (31-17) and ground balls (33-30). Max Rodman '10 won 11 of 18 battles and set the tone.



The Elis hit the net 44 times in two games to open their 2011 home schedule with a pair of non-league wins while outshooting opponents 103-41. Yale did now allow either Presbyterian or Mercer to score in the first half after having 10-0 leads at both intermissions. Sophomore A Deron Dempster had eight goals and 11 points in the two games, senior A Brian Douglass had four goals and 12 points and freshman A Ryan McCarthy chipped in 5-3-8. Johnathan Falcone, Yale's senior goalie, had both wins but all three netminders played in both games.



Brian Douglass has a team-high eight goals and 16 points… Deron Dempster also has eight goals and 11 points… Ryan McCarthy leads all newcomers with five goals and nine points… Dylan Levings (.750) and Cole Yeager (.692) lead the Elis in faceoff percentage… Yale has won its last three home openers and is 5-3 under head coach Andy Shay.



Matt Gibson, whose dad Jim Gibson played hockey at Cornell, was the 2010 New England Player of the Year and has been picked as the 2011 pre-season choice… Junior M Robby Berner is a member of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 Ivy League Champion men's squash team, which finished second in the nation after falling 5-4 to Trinity last Sunday in the national tournament… Freshman M Jackson Logie's dad, Scott '85, played hockey at Yale… Senior M Alfonso Costa walked on to the Yale basketball team this winter. Last summer, he earned a spot in the Garden Scholars Program, a highly competitive opportunity in which selected interns are paired with Madison Square Garden executives who they work one-on-one with throughout the summer… Senior A Jack Flaherty, the son of a high school history teacher, spent last summer working an archeological excavation in Athens.  



Lehigh, which fell 11-7 at No. 13 Ohio State on Tuesday night, owns victories over Saint Joseph's, Navy and Detroit-Mercy. Both (Villanova) off its losses were on the road. Lehigh had a 35-29 advantage in shots and a 28-23 edge in ground balls at Columbus but allowed the Buckeyes to pull away in the second half.  Jr A Adam Johnston leads the team with 12 goals while sophomore Dan Carr (8.96, .476) has the net. The Mountain Hawks have three Connecticut natives on the roster, including junior A Kevin Donovan (Bethany), from nearby Amity High School.



LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, leads Yale's non-faceoff men with 11 ground balls. Coleman also leads the team with nine caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.



Yale, which shared a league title last year, has won six Ivy League Championships, including the first one handed out in 1956. The others came in 1969, 1988, 89 and 90. The outright titles were in 1956 and 1989.



Six Yale players were named to the 2010 All-Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Team, five of them returned this season. Attackman Matt Gibson and midfielders Nick Tsouris '10 and Gregory Mahony garnered second-team status. Goalie Johnathan Falcone and defensemen Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were all honorable mention.



Four (Cornell, Princeton, Penn, Yale) of the seven Ivy League teams were ranked among the USILA top 20 this week.



Brian Douglass earned Ivy League Honor Roll status on Feb. 28 for his 3 goals against St. John's… Deron Dempster (8-3-11) and Ryan McCarthy (5-3-8) had the same status on March 8 after big two-game weekends.



Yale is 18th in this week's Nike poll as well as the latest USILA rankings. The Elis' best ranking this season was No. 15 in the poll on March 1.



Andy Shay's seventh year at the helm of the Yale men's lacrosse program in 2010 was his best. He guided the Bulldogs to a 10-4 season that included a share of the Ivy League title and a spot in the inaugural league tournament. The Bulldogs' 2010 season marked the first post-season appearance since 1992 and the first Ivy championship since 1990. Shay's squad was ranked as high as No. 9 at one point during the campaign. He is 48-49 overall at Yale. Shay, named Yale head coach on June 25, 2003, helped guide the University of Massachusetts to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA quarterfinals as an assistant coach for four years. Prior to joining UMass' staff, Shay was an assistant coach at Delaware, where in 1999 he helped the Blue Hens capture the America East title with a 14-3 record and advance to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history. Shay began his coaching career as the head coach at Morrisville (N.Y.) Junior College, and he compiled a 20-17 record in three years. Shay is a 1994 graduate of LeMoyne College where he was a four-year starting defenseman and served as team captain for two years. He was an All-Empire League selection as a senior when he led the team to a league title.



Yale is coming off a four-way share of the 2010 Ivy League title with Princeton, Cornell and Brown.  The Elis went 10-4 overall and were 4-2 in league play before falling in the semifinal of the 2010 Ivy League Tournament at Ithaca.



Yale's 10 wins last spring were the most under head coach Andy Shay and the most since the 1992 team won 12 games. The Blue has won 10 or more games just seven times in the 95-year history of the program.



Here a few of the Yale names that might not seem so conventional:


Jared DePalma            (da-PALM-a)

Johnathan Falcone      (fall-KONE)

Alex Forrey                 (four-EE)

Jackson Logie             (low-gee)

Brandon Mangan        (man-gan)

Steve McLachlan        (mic-LOCK-lan)

Kirby Zdrill                 (za-DRILL)





 3         Brian Douglass (Sr)

33        Matt Gibson (Jr)

22        Brandon Mangan (Fr)


First Midfield

 6         Gregory Mahony (Jr)

15        Matt Miller (Jr)

 9         Colin Still (Jr)


Second Midfield

8          Michael Lipin (So)

41        Andrew Cordia (So) 

20        Jack Flaherty (Sr)


Longstick Midfielder

43        Patrick Coleman (Sr)


Shortstick Defensive Midfielder

10        Michael Pratt (Jr)

7          Mark Dobrosky (Jr)


28        Cole Yeager (So)

46        Dylan Levings (Fr)



29        Phil Gross (So)

31        Peter Johnson (So)

42        Michael McCormack (So)



12        Johnathan Falcone (Sr)



The Yale roster includes players from 13 different states and two provinces:

California (4), Connecticut (5), Florida (1), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), New York (10), New Jersey (5), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (2), Washington (1), Alberta (1), Ontario (1)



Yale's 41-man roster is broken down evenly among the classes. There are 11 newcomers and 10 each of sophomores, juniors and seniors.



Newly renovated Reese Stadium, which will be dedicated on April 9, is a state-of –the-art facility for both Yale lacrosse and soccer teams. The renovations completed last summer include increased stadium seating, an entry plaza, team rooms and a press box. Recent improvements included a FieldTurf surface and new lighting. Reese Stadium, formerly known as the Yale Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium, is named after former lacrosse players Jason Reese '87 and Jon Reese '90.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director