Lacrosse Team Has 2012 Leader in Place
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Michael Pratt's efforts as a short stick defensive midfielder helped the Bulldogs rank seventh in Division I in scoring defense. His leadership over two straight 10-win campaigns has earned him the Yale Lacrosse captaincy for 2011-12.
Pratt, who succeeds Patrick Coleman '11 as Bulldog captain, was voted the new team leader by his teammates. He earned the respect of the Yale squad through his hard work and attitude, while his speed and tenacity earned notice from everyone watching the Elis play.
"I don't think anyone was surprised by this selection. Mike has been a tremendous leader since he first put on the uniform, and I'm excited to see where he takes this role next year," said Yale head coach Andy Shay.
Three of the last eight Yale men's lacrosse captains have come from Chaminade High School, including the newest one. Pratt was a two-year letterwinner and team captain in both lacrosse and soccer at the Long Island school. His lacrosse teams were 2007 and 2008 NSCHSAA League Champions, while he was named academic all-America and all-league in 2008.
Pratt scooped up 42 ground balls and scored four goals this spring while helping Yale limit opponents to just under eight goals per game.
"Being selected as captain by my teammates is a great honor. My class has made a significant impact on this program since arriving here, and I am confident we will do a great job as seniors leading the team in to next season," said Pratt, a Garden City, N.Y., native, who has 97 career ground balls and has played in every game since coming to New Haven.
Pratt has seen the Yale program go 20-8 over the last two seasons and come close to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. He says the focus for the team doesn't change for 2012.
"Our goals have always been to win an Ivy League Championship and national championship. The success we have had as a team has raised expectations for the program and that success has come as a result of our hard work and commitment to each other. Next year, we will continue that tradition as we pursue of our ultimate goals."
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
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