April 30, 2011

No. 14 Elis Fall in Regular Season Finale

Bulldogs To Face Cornell in Ivy Semifinal

BOSTON, Mass. – Yale's win streak came to an end at five games after suffering a 9-5 setback in the regular-season finale at Harvard this afternoon before 2,395 at Harvard Stadium.

The No. 14 Bulldogs (10-3, 3-3 Ivy) never had a lead in a game they were outshot 38-36 and had five fewer ground balls.

Last year, the Elis beat Harvard in a winner-take-all (Ivy Tournament) game at Reese Stadium. Today's result gave the Crimson the No. 3 seed in next week's league tournament at Ithaca, but the Bulldogs, who had already clinched a post-season berth, have the No. 4 slot and face No. 1 Cornell at 8 p.m. on Friday. Penn faces Harvard at 5 p.m. in the other semifinal at Schoellkopf Field.

Harvard goalie Harry Krieger, who made 16 saves, was the star of the game, helping his squad improve to 9-5 (3-3 Ivy) on senior day.

Jack Flaherty led the Blue with two goals. Other visitor scores came from Mark Dobrosky, Cole Yeager, and Matt Gibson.

The Crimson defense did an excellent job stopping Yale's top scoring combination of Brian Douglass and Gibson, who were limited to one goal and 10 shots combined. Gibson had eight shots with limited good looks while Douglass, who had two shots, had his point streak end at 26 games.

Johnathan Falcone was outstanding in his final regular season start but left the game with a potential injury late in the second quarter with Harvard up 2-1. Falcone, one of the Ivy's top goalies, had stopped eight of 10 shots and was keeping the Elis in the game. Freshman Jack Meyer, who had just 19 minutes of collegiate experience, replaced Yale's senior netminder in a tough situation. Seven of the 10 shots on target hit the net over the last 35 minutes.

The Blue trailed 3-1 at the half and scored three straight goals in the third to pull even at 4-4 in the third period. Seven seconds after Jack Doyle gave the home team a 4-1 lead, Yeager (9-16 on face-offs) won the X, scooped up the ball and zipped a shot past Krieger. Gibson and Flaherty followed with unassisted scores and the visitors had something brewing.

Kevin Vaughan tallied twice to end the third quarter to put the Cantabs up 6-4.

Dobrosky cut Harvard's lead to 6-5 with just over 11 minutes to play in the fourth, but the Crimson trio of Terry White, Peter Schwartz and Jeff Cohen scored the game's final three to seal the win.

 
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director