Elis, Bears Look to Jump in Packed Ivy Standings
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Six of the seven Ivy League men's lacrosse teams have a pair of losses and are fighting to earn one of the four post-season tournament playoff spots. The No.14/18 Bulldogs (7-2, 2-2 Ivy), who have two Ivy games remaining, host the Brown Bears (4-6, 1-2 Ivy) this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final home game of the season at Reese Stadium. This marks the final home appearance for 11 members of Yale's class of 2011.
Brown leads the series 34-18 and has won three of the last four. The Bears had taken three straight until a 14-11 Eli victory at Providence last season.
The Bulldogs, ranked 16th at the time, saved one of its best overall efforts of the year for an important Ivy showdown with No. 19 Brown last April. The final score in the Bulldogs' fifth straight victory was not indicative of the way the game played out. The Elis thoroughly outplayed the Bears until the large lead diminished with an insignificant Brown flurry. Yale tallied six straight times to start things. Eight different Yale players hit the net including Matt Gibson, who led the team with three tallies and five points, and Matt Miller (3 goals). Matt Fuchs (3 points) and Gregory Mahony had two each, while Brian Douglass, Max Rodman and Michael Pratt also found the net.
The Elis beat Dartmouth 9-7 last Saturday before a crowd of 1,876 on Reese Stadium Dedication Day. The Bulldog defense held the visitors scoreless for 39 straight minutes while building a six-goal lead early in the fourth quarter. Johnathan Falcone (11 saves) stopped all five shots on target in the third quarter, which was the fuel Yale needed to put the game away. The final score was not indicative of the way the game was played. The Elis dominated in all facets, including shots (48-31), ground balls (37-21) and face-offs (14-20), but let the Big Green grab some momentum over the final two minutes to tally four straight times and make it look close. Matt Gibson had two goals and two assists, Brian Douglass had two goals and three points and Gregory Mahony hit the net twice.
The Bulldogs are first in Division I faceoff win percentage (.670) and second in caused turnovers (11.56). Yale is second in scoring margin (5.00), fifth in scoring (12.11), seventh in defense (7.11), and 11th in man-up offense (.400)… Johnathan Falcone is fifth in the nation in GAA (6.97) and 14th in SP (.561)… Brian Douglass is 13th with 3.56 points per game and 14th with 2.33 goals per game… Cole Yeager ranks sixth in face-off win percentage at .648… Patrick Coleman is fourth in the nation with 2.66 caused turnovers per game, while Michael McCormack ranks sixth with 2.33 per game.
Brian Douglass, who has a point in 23 straight games, has nine goals over his last three contests… Matt Gibson, who had all five points in the first half against PC, has 6-7-13 over the last three outings while Matt Miller has five goals… Yale's April 23 game at Georgetown airs live on Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and will also be carried by SNY (home of the New York Mets)... Dylan Levings is ranked 11th in insidelacrosse.com's freshmen rankings… Brian Douglass has a team-high 21 goals and 32 points and is Yale's active career goals leader with 68… Matt Gibson is second on the active career goals list with 57… Deron Dempster, who is tops on the team in shooting percentage (.619), has 13 goals and 16 points… Brandon Mangan leads all newcomers with seven goals and 12 points… Dylan Levings (.746) and Cole Yeager (.648) 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. He was slowed by an injury earlier this season… 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. Costa will study at Oxford next year and hopes to become a United States Senator… Senior A Jack Flaherty, the son of a high school history teacher, spent last summer working an archeological excavation in Athens… Senior D Eric Gresham has a job in Patagonia (South America) with Patagon Journal, a publication that focuses on outdoor activities.
The Bears travel to New Haven on the heels of a 13-12 win against No. 15 Penn at home. Brown, leading 13-8 with 13 minutes to play, held off a late rally by the Quakers to earn the victory. The Bears other wins have come against Quinnipiac, St. Josephs, and Vermont, while their losses have been against No. 14 Massachusetts, Hartford, Harvard, No. 10 Duke, Princeton and Bryant. Senior Andrew Feinberg (19-8-27), junior Parker Brown (16-10-26), and senior David Hawley (16-1-17) lead the Brown offense, while sophomore Roger Ferguson (34 GB, 14 CT) and sophomore Sam Ford (28 GB, 16 CT) anchor the defense. Senior Matt Chriss (7.94, .607) has been the primary goaltender for the Bears.
LSM Patrick Coleman, a Ridgewood, N.J., native and former Delbarton School standout, is tops for Yale's non-faceoff men with 26 ground balls. He also leads the team with 24 caused turnovers. He is a three-year letterman for the Elis.
IVY LEAGUE STANDINGS
Team W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
1 Cornell 4 0 0 1.00 8 2 0 0.80
2 YALE 2 2 0 0.50 7 2 0 0.78
3 Penn 2 2 0 0.50 5 4 0 0.56
4 Harvard 1 2 0 0.33 6 4 0 0.60
5 Dartmouth 1 2 0 0.33 4 5 0 0.44
6 Brown 1 2 0 0.33 4 6 0 0.40
7 Princeton 1 2 0 0.33 2 6 0 0.25
THIS WEEK'S IVY LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Delaware @ Dartmouth, 1 pm (at Danbury, CT)
Harvard @ Quinnipiac, 4 pm
Princeton @ Rutgers, 7 pm
Cornell @ Syracuse, 7 pm
Dartmouth @ Princeton, 1 pm
Brown @ Yale, 1 pm
Penn @ Harvard, 1 pm
FALCONE IS LOWE'S FINALIST
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, fifth in Division I with a 6.97 goals against average, owns a .561 save percentage, which is 14th in the nation. He is coming off a 10-save performance in an 9-7 win against Dartmouth on April 9. 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.
NEILA PLAYER OF WEEK
Brian Douglass, who had seven goals and eight points over two wins last week, was the first Bulldog to earn New England Player of the Week honors in 2011.
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.
IVY AWARDS 2011
Eight different Bulldogs have earned recognition from the Ivy League for performances this spring.
Ivy League Honor Roll
February 28 Brian Douglass 3 goals vs. St. Johns
March 7 Deron Dempster 8-3-11 over two games
Ryan McCarthy 5-3-8 over two games
March 14 Patrick Coleman Seven CT's and five GB's vs. Lehigh
March 21 Gregory Mahoney 3 goals vs. Cornell
March 28 Johnathan Falcone 11 saves, 7 GA, and .611 sp vs. Princeton
April 4 Matt Miller 3 goals vs. Penn
April 11 Brian Douglass 7-1-8 vs. Providence and Dartmouth
Ivy League Rookie of the Week
March 28 Brandon Mangan 2 goals, including OT winner vs. Princeton
Yale is 14th in this week's Nike laxnews.com poll and 18th in the latest USILA rankings. This week's laxnews.com poll marks the best ranking the Elis' have had this season... Laxpower.com's computer rating has Yale No. 22, fourth best among Ivy schools.
HEAD COACH ANDY SHAY
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 52-51 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)
PROBABLE YALE LINEUP
3 Brian Douglass (Sr)
33 Matt Gibson (Jr)
22 Brandon Mangan (Fr)
6 Gregory Mahony (Jr)
15 Matt Miller (Jr)
9 Colin Still (Jr)
8 Michael Lipin (So)
41 Andrew Cordia (So)
20 Jack Flaherty (Sr)
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 was dedicated last 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.