Yale Plays at Princeton Saturday

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

No. 19 Bulldogs Seek 1st Ivy Win

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 19 Yale men's lacrosse team (4-1 overall, 0-1 Ivy), coming off a 10-8 loss against Cornell at home last week in the Ivy League opener, continues conference play this Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Princeton (1-4, 0-1 Ivy) in the Class of 1952 Stadium.



The Tigers have taken six straight against the Bulldogs and lead the series 69-20-2. The last Bulldogs win was 9-8 in 2005 at New Haven. Yale's longest recent win streak was five between 1987 and 1990.



The Bulldogs dropped both games against Princeton last season, including a 7-6 decision in the Ivy League Tournament Semifinals at Ithaca, N.Y. In Yale's first post-season game in 20 years, the Bulldogs rallied from a 7-2 deficit in the fourth, notching four unanswered goals. Yale cut the lead to one with just under two minutes to play, but consecutive turnovers on their next two possessions ended the comeback effort. Greg Mahoney notched three goals, while Matt Fuchs scored a pair and Brendan Gibson added one. The Blue outshot Princeton (38-34), collected more ground balls (26-23), and won more face-offs (11-6) in the loss.



Yale, ranked 16/17 last week, fell behind 6-3 in the second quarter and could not recover from the deficit, losing its Ivy opener to No. 9/12 Cornell 10-8 at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs led 3-2 in the second quarter when the Big Red exploded, scoring four unanswered goals in three minutes. Junior midfielder Gregory Mahony led Yale with three goals, but the Cornell defense held Brian Douglass to one assist. Freshman attackman Brandon Mangan had his second and third goals of the season, while Still, Matt Miller (who also had one assist), and Deron Dempster finished with one goal apiece.


The Bulldogs are tops among Division I teams in caused turnovers (13.4) and man-up offense (.591), second in scoring (14.4), and fourth in defense (6.2)… Johnathan Falcone ranks fourth in the nation in GAA (6.00) and eighth in SP (.615)… Brian Douglass is tied for eighth with 4.0 points per game… Dylan Levings is No. 1 in face-off win percentage at .760.



Saturday's game at Old Nassau airs on Verizon FiOS Channel 1 at 7:30 on March 30... Yale's April 23 game at Georgetown airs live on Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)... Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in insidelacrosse.com's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 11 goals and 20 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 58… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 50… Deron Dempster, who is tops in the country for shooting percentage (.733), has 11 goals and 14 points… Ryan McCarthy leads all newcomers with five goals and nine points… Dylan Levings (.760) and Cole Yeager (.639) lead the Elis in faceoff percentage.



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… 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.  



The Tigers return home this weekend after falling at Penn 8-3 in their Ivy League opener. The loss ended a 21-game win streak against the Quakers. All five Princeton opponents to date are ranked in the USILA Top 20. Its win came against No. 11 Johns Hopkins at Baltimore, while the other losses came against No. 8 Hofstra, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 7 Villanova. The Tigers are led offensively by freshman Tom Schreiber, who has seven goals and 10 points, while sophomore Forest Sonnenfeldt leads the team in goals with eight. Junior Tyler Fiorito (8.20, .602) has been the only goaltender to see action this season for Princeton.


LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, leads Yale's non-faceoff men with 17 ground balls. Coleman also leads the team with 18 caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.



This week's New England Coaches Poll has Yale No. 2 following their first loss of the season to Cornell. Here are the latest rankings:

1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Massachusetts
4. Hartford
5. Vermont
6. Brown
7. Dartmouth
8. Fairfield



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 are playing 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, Harvard, 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… Patrick Coleman was Yale's third honor roll pick after seven CTs and five GBs against Lehigh… Gregory Mahony was the March 22 honoree after hitting the net three times vs. Cornell.



Yale is 19th in this week's Nike laxnews.com poll and 19th in the latest USILA rankings. The Elis' best ranking this season was No. 15 in the laxnews.com poll on March 1... Laxpower.com's computer rating has Yale No. 11, second best among Ivy schools.



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 49-50 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