Opening Day This Saturday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 18 Yale Men's Lacrosse team opens the 2012 season this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against St. John's in Reese Stadium. The game airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com. The Bulldogs opened last season with a win against the Red Storm in New York.
VS. ST JOHN'S
The Bulldogs hold a 6-0 advantage against the Red Storm in a series that began in 1989. The Bulldogs have outscored St. John's 71-48 over the six contests.
The Bulldogs have won 3 straight season openers.
Yale, 10-8 winners last year at DaSilva Memorial Field, enjoyed a pair of six-goal leads while outshooting the Storm 40-28 and having a slight edge in ground balls (22-18) and face-offs (11-10). Brian Douglass '11 led the Bulldogs with three goals. Colin Still chipped in two while classmate Matt Gibson had a goal and an assist. Seven different players found the net. Johnathan Falcone '11 needed eight saves to record the win in net. He and the Elis got help from Cole Yeager's first game as the primary face-off guy, winning seven of 13 draws, while Dylan Levings earned wins on four of eight attempts.
PREP FOR OPENER
The Elis had scrimmages with Siena, Tufts and Quinnipiac over the last two weekends.
ST. JOHN'S OPENS WITH WIN
Kevin Cernuto, Colin Keegan and Kieran McArdle (5 points) each hit the net three times as St. John's began 2012 with a home win over Holy Cross. Goalie Jeff Lowman stopped 15 shots in three-plus quarters of work, while pre-season All-BIG EAST selection Dillon Ayers picked up five ground balls.
The Bulldogs were among Division I's leaders in the following categories last spring:
M Michael Pratt, the captain of the Bulldogs, has played in every game since arriving in New Haven. He received the Winthrop Smith Award (team conditioning, inspiration, and team work) after the 2011 season. Pratt was third on the team with 42 ground balls while chipping in four goals and 10 caused turnovers.
A two-time honorable mention All-America selection and 2011 first-team All-Ivy pick, Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, N.Y.) is one of the most exciting players in the college game. He was a 2010 second-team All-Ivy pick and is Yale's active career point leader (111) with 66 goals and 45 assists.
MAHONY LOWE'S CANDIDATE
Gregory Mahony was selected as one of the 20 NCAA men's lacrosse student-athletes for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. This award honors Division I seniors who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Mahony, a midfielder, is a two-time All-Ivy and All-New England selection who was taken by the Boston Cannons in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. He has a 3.44 GPA and is majoring in the history of medicine science (pre-med) at Yale. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Mahony is following in the footsteps of Yale goalie Johnathan Falcone '11, a finalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award who was named to the Lowe's second-team All-America squad.
Last year, his first as Yale's top face-off specialist, Cole Yeager (Wayne, Pa.) led the Ivies with a .648 faceoff winning percentage. He led Yale with 75 ground balls to go along with three goals. Yeager was a part of a face-off unit, along with sophomore Dylan Levings, that led the nation with a .659 overall winning percentage.
Jack Flaherty '11 (Chesapeake Bayhawks) and seniors Matt Gibson (Chesapeake Bayhawks) and Gregory Mahony (Boston Cannons) were drafted by MLL teams over the winter. Flaherty was taken in the supplemental draft while the current Elis got selected in the collegiate draft.
Yale, third in the latest New England poll, has four players who were honored in the pre-season voting. Matt Gibson was picked as 2012 player of the year, while M Gregory Mahony, D Michael McCormack and FO Cole Yeager were also first-team selections.
Senior M Robby Berner helped the Yale men's squash team end the longest win streak in the history of college sports when the Bulldogs beat Trinity in January… Freshman M James Tjarksen is the son of a former Yale football player, Michael Tjarksen '86… Sophomore M Jackson Logie's dad, Scott Logie '85, played hockey at Yale.
BULLDOG HONORS FROM 2011
The following Yale players return to the squad after earning the following distinctions last spring:
Matt Gibson '12 (A)
· USILA All-America (HM)
· First team All-Ivy
· First-team All-New England
· Walter T. Collins '23 Award (Team Offensive MVP)
· April 18 Ivy Honor Roll
Jackson Logie '14 (M)
· Dan Casman Award (team underclass spirit, morale)
Gregory Mahony '12 (M)
· Second team All-Ivy
· First-team All-New England
· Winthrop A. Smith Award (Team award for conditioning, team play, spirit)
· March 21 Ivy Honor Roll
Michael McCormack '13 (D)
· Honorable mention All-Ivy
· 2.36 caused turnovers ranked 7th in Division I
Michael Pratt '12 (M)
· Winthrop Smith Award (team conditioning, inspiration, team work)
· Named 2011-12 captain
Cole Yeager '13 (M)
· Second-team All-New England
· Robert Merrick Memorial Trophy (team ground balls)
· .648 face-off mark ranked 4th in Division I
· 5.36 ground balls ranked 16th
HEAD COACH ANDY SHAY
Andy Shay, in his ninth season at Yale, has engineered consecutive 10-win seasons, a 20-8 record, two Ivy League Tournament appearances and a regular-season Ivy League Championship in the last two springs. He guided the 2010 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 55-53 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, which shared a league title in 2010, has won six Ivy League Championships, including the first one handed out in 1956. The others came in 1969, 1988, 89, 90 and 2010. The outright titles were in 1956 and 1989.
Reese Stadium, which was dedicated on April 9, 2011, 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.
Colin Still image by New York Sportsbeat