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Matt Gibson (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matt Gibson (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Ivy League Showdown at Reese

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The dedication of Reese Stadium is this Saturday, but that's not the only big event in the new athletic venue that day. At 2:30 p.m. there is an Ivy League men's lacrosse showdown between No. 17/18 Yale (6-2 overall, 1-2 Ivy) and Dartmouth (4-4, 1-1 Ivy) that could become a major factor in the battle for the league title and the post-season tournament.



The Bulldogs own a 45-33 lead in a series that began in 1927, a matchup in which Yale won 12-3 at New Haven. The last Yale win at Reese Stadium against Dartmouth came in 2007.



The Bulldogs, ranked 19th at the time, shut down Dartmouth's offense in an 8-3 win at Scully-Fahey Field on April 10. Matt Gibson scored five of Yale's eight goals on just eight shots, but the Eli defense deserved much of the credit for grabbing their first win at Hanover since 2002. Yale kept Dartmouth off the scoreboard for the first 37 minutes while jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Peter Johnson and Michael McCormack combined to shadow the Green's top scorer, while goalie Johnathan Falcone had 15 saves. Brian Douglass had a pair of goals to lead the Blue.



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 Tuesday night. The Elis 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. Matt Miller also hit the net twice for the Blue while Jack Flaherty and Brandon Mangan had the other home team tallies. 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.



The Bulldogs are first in Division I faceoff win percentage (.663) and second in caused turnovers (11.43). Yale is fifth in scoring (12.71), seventh in man-up offense (.484) and sixth in defense (6.86)… Johnathan Falcone is sixth in the nation in GAA (6.65) and 11th in SP (.580)… Brian Douglass is 15th with 3.43 points per game… Cole Yeager ranks sixth in face-off win percentage at .653… Patrick Coleman is fifth with 2.53 caused turnovers per game.



Brian Douglass, who has a point in 22 straight games, has seven goals over his last two contests… Matt Gibson, who had all five points in the first half against PC, has 4-5-9 over the last two outings while Matt Miller has five goals… Yale's April 23 game at Georgetown airs live on Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)... Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 19 goals and 29 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 66… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 55… Deron Dempster, who is tops in the country for shooting percentage (.684), has 13 goals and 16 points… Brandon Mangan leads all newcomers with seven goals and 11 points… Dylan Levings (.746) and Cole Yeager (.638) 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 Big Green travel to New Haven following a 19-8 loss against No. 6 Cornell last Saturday at Ithaca, N.Y. Dartmouth trailed 2-1 after the first quarter, but Cornell tallied nine goals in the second frame to pull away. The Big Green wins came against Sacred Heart, Mercer, Holy Cross, and Harvard, while their other losses were against Colgate, No. 5 North Carolina, and No. 4 Duke. Dartmouth is led offensively by junior Kip Dooley (8-13-21) and sophomore Nikki Dysenchuk (11-7-18), while senior Rhett Miller, junior Drew Tunney, and freshman Jeff Perkins are tied for the team lead with 12 goals. Junior Fergus Campbell (11.77, .485) has been the primary net minder for the Big Green this season.



LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, is second for Yale's non-faceoff men with 26 ground balls. Coleman leads the team with 20 caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.



Johnathan Falcone, Yale's veteran goalie, has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's lacrosse. His character and notable achievements in the community, classroom and competition made him a viable candidate for the award. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 10. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner. Falcone, sixth in Division I with a 6.65 goals against average, owns a .580 save percentage, which is eleventh in the nation. He is coming off a 6-save performance in an 11-9 win against Providence on April 5. The economics major with a 3.84 GPA is just as impressive off the field. Falcone, who spent a summer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a member of the Economics Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee. In addition, he was elected as secretary of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity while being a significant contributor to "Bulldog Buddies," a Yale community outreach program that has students serving as mentors to New Haven Public School children. Lowe's will announce the winner May 28 at the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse semifinals in Baltimore.


The latest New England Coaches Poll has the Bulldogs at the top spot.

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



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.



Three (Cornell, 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…Brandon Mangan earned Ivy League Rookie of the week status on March 28 for his 2 goals, including the overtime game-winner, against Princeton. He is the first Bulldog to earn this honor since Peter Johnson on April 12, 2010…Johnathan Falcone was an Ivy League Honor Roll choice on March 28 for his 11 saves, 7 GA, and .611 save percentage against Princeton…Matt Miller earned Ivy League honor roll status on April 4 for his three-goal performance at Penn.



Yale is 17th in this week's Nike poll and 18th in the latest USILA rankings. The best ranking the Elis' have had this season was No. 15 in the poll on March 1 and March 28...'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 51-51 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.



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 this Saturday, 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.