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Conrad Oberbeck, Brandon Mangan and Colin Still. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs On Road Saturday

 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's lacrosse team (2-2), on the road for the second straight weekend, opens Ivy League play by taking on No. 3/4 Cornell Saturday at 1 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field.

 
 

LAST MEETING

The Bulldogs led 3-2 in the second quarter when the Big Red scored four unanswered goals in three minutes on the way to a 10-8 win at Reese Stadium last March. Greg Mahony led Yale with three goals, Brandon Mangan had two and Matt Miller and Deron Dempster each chipped in one. The Elis won the faceoff battle 14-7 and outshot Cornell 37-33. Big Red goalkeepers AJ Fiore and Andrew West combined for 14 saves, while Jonathan Falcone '11 finished with 10 stops for the Elis.

 

VS. CORNELL

The Big Red leads the series 44-23-1. Yale's last win was 7-6 in 1999 at home, while the last Bulldog win at Ithaca was an 11-10 OT decision in 1996.

LEHIGH HOLDS OFF BLUE

Yale ran into one of the nation's hottest teams in its first road game of the year last Sunday at Lehigh, now ranked No. 11, and fell 11-7 at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Moutain Hawks (6-1), winners of six straight, used one of the nation's top defenses to hold the Bulldogs to their lowest goal total of the young season. Lehigh also used a five-goal run that began late in the third quarter to put a close game away. Conrad Oberbeck led the Blue with three goals, captain Michael Pratt added a pair.

 

CORNELL BIG RED

The Big Red, coming off a 9-8 OT loss to No. 1 Virginia in last week's Konica Minolta Face-off Classic at Baltimore, averaged 18 goals in their first three games. There were relatively easy wins over Binghamton, Army and Canisius before facing the top-ranked Cavaliers.

 

BULLDOG HONORS 2012

  • Brandon Mangan '14 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (Feb. 27)
  • Conrad Oberbeck '15 (A): Ivy Honor Roll (Feb. 27, March 5); Ivy Rookie of the Week (March 12)              
  • Matt Gibson '12 (A): Tewaaraton Award Watch List; insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy
  • League Team; insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season H.M All-America; Ivy Honor Roll (March 5)              
  • Greg Mahony '12 (M): Tewaaraton Award Watch List, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate
  • Michael McCormack '13 (D): insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season H.M. All-America
  • Michael Pratt '12 (M): insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team
  • Cole Yeager '13 (M): insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team; insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season H.M. All-America
 

OBERBECK

Conrad Oberbeck, a freshman from Greenwich, Conn., was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his five goals in two games last week. Oberbeck, an attackman who played at Brunswick School, hit the net twice against Sacred Heart last Tuesday before scoring three times at Lehigh on Sunday. He scored three straight against the No. 15 Mountain Hawks to tie the game in the second quarter before the Elis eventually fell 11-7. The rookie leads the team with 10 goals over four games, while his .588 shot percentage ranks sixth in Division I.

 

CAPTAIN

M Michael Pratt, the captain of the Bulldogs who has two goals and nine ground balls, has played in every game since arriving in New Haven. He was named to the 2012 insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team. Pratt, who received the Winthrop Smith Award (team conditioning, inspiration, and team work) after the 2011 season, was third on the team with 42 ground balls while chipping in four goals and 10 caused turnovers.

 

GIBSON

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 and was named on the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. He leads the 2012 team 13 points, including six goals. Gibson was a 2010 second-team All-Ivy pick and is Yale's active career scoring point leader. His brother, Brendan, captain the Blue in 2010.

 

Gibson on Yale Career Lists

  • Scoring: 17th (123)
  • Goals: 16th (71)
  • Assists: 14th (52)
 

MAHONY LOWE'S CANDIDATE

Greg Mahony (8 goals, 11 points, 4 GP) 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 selected for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, 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.

 

YEAGER

Junior Cole Yeager (Wayne, Pa.) was Yale's top face-off specialist last year and led the Ivies with a .648 winning percentage. He led Yale with 75 ground balls to go along with three goals. He was picked for the insidelacrosse.com Pre-Season All-Ivy League Team as well as its pre-season honorable mention All-America squad.

 

LEVINGS

Sophomore Dylan Levings has been sharing face-off time with Cole Yeager, who typically starts the game. However, Levings ranks ninth in the nation with a .630 face-off win percentage. He is 18th in ground balls (5.50). Levings was the backup on the X last year but still led the team with a .726 win percentage. He did not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings.

 

DEFENSE

Two members of the Yale defense have been leaders in taking the ball away from opponents. Juniors Peter Johnson and Michael McCormack are both ranked ninth in Division I with 2.25 caused turnovers per game.

 

CHALLENGES AHEAD

Yale, coming off a game at No. 11 Lehigh, is at No. 3/4 Cornell this week before No. 15/16 Princeton and No. 20 Penn come to New Haven.

 

TEAM RANKINGS

Here's how Yale looks compared to the other Division I teams.

 

Scoring: 12.75 (6th)

Face-off: .569 (14th)

Scoring Margin: 3.5 (10th)

Shot Pct: .338 (9th)

Ground Balls: 36.2 (5th)

Caused T.O.: 9.0 (11th)

 

MLL DRAFT

Jack Flaherty '11 (Chesapeake Bayhawks) and seniors Matt Gibson (Chesapeake Bayhawks) and Greg 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.

 

NEILA PICKS

Yale, sixth 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 Greg Mahony, D Michael McCormack and FO Cole Yeager were also first-team selections.

 

YALE CONNECTIONS

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.

 

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 56-55 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.

 

IVY TITLES

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.

 

CALLING THE ACTION

Evan Ellis 12 and West Haven High School lacrosse coach Patrick Reed call the action on Yale All Access. All Yale home games can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com and include a 10 minute pre-game show.

 

REESE STADIUM

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.

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director