Yale Beats Friars 11-9
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The big guns were firing with accuracy tonight for the No. 17 Yale men's lacrosse team. The Bulldogs got five goals from Brian Douglass and two goals and three assists from Matt Gibson in an 11-9 win over Providence at Reese Stadium.
The Elis (6-2) dominated the key statistical categories while staying perfect in non-league contests. Yale had the advantage in shots (39-22), ground balls (36-25) and faceoffs (16-for-23) while enjoying an obvious difference in ball possession.
Johnathan Falcone made six saves to earn the win in goal. Yale's senior goalie didn't see the ball as much as he might have anticipated because the Bulldog offense did such a good job solving Providence's zone defense.
That zone defense is what sat in place in front of goalie Christi Dzwilewski (7 saves), who came on for Jake Goodelman (4 saves, 7 GA), with the Friars down two goals early in the fourth period. Miller had just scored at 12:06, and Levings won the ensuing faceoff. The problem for the visitors was that Douglass had the ball behind the net and was perfectly content to let the clock run… and run… and run.
Oddly, the clock ran for four minutes and seven seconds before Providence decided to pressure Douglass. It was a very strange thing to see, the PC defense standing still around its netminder as Douglass stood still for more than four minutes. Well, he was almost still.
"I got a quality stretch in during that time," said Douglass, who leads the team with 19 goals and 29 points and was seen extending his legs and bending down. "I've seen a team sit still like that but never for that long."
The Bulldogs held on to the ball for a total of 7:57 straight before losing it, one of just a dozen turnovers on the day.
"I've never seen it before", said Yale head coach Andy Shay, whose high school teammate and goalie was Friars' head coach Chris Burdick. "I've never seen anyone do that [defensive stall for that long]."
The Friars, coming off an 8-6 win over Lafayette, hit the net first, 82 seconds in, but the Elis got rolling with five of the next six goals to take a 5-2 lead in the second quarter. Three of those Yale tallies came over a 39-second span and two were eight ticks apart.
The two real quickies were a result of Dylan Levings work on the X. During the second quarter, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound freshman midfielder won four straight faceoffs to help the home team run out to an 8-3 intermission advantage. Levings, facing a much bigger opponent, finished with 13 wins on 16 attempts.
"He [6-foot-4 Zachary Rogers] was really big," said Levings. "I used it as a motivator. I knew it was going to hurt [hitting him], but that's awesome."
Gibson's quick, off angle shot from a Kirby Zdrill pass, found the het with 1:19 left to put Yale up by its largest margin heading into the half.
The Friars still managed to cut a five-goal deficit into a one-goal Yale lead (9-8) early in the final frame after a Steve Lydon goal. From there, both teams helped run the time off the clock and the Bulldogs scored two of the last three goals.
"We were very patient tonight and really handled the zone defense well," said Shay. "Matt Gibson controlled the game really well and our offense in general did well to control things."
The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday at 2:30 hosting Dartmouth at home on Reese Stadium dedication day.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director