Dempster, McCormack Lead Blue to Road Win
Yale Nets 2nd Straight Win at PC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It took over four minutes to get started. Once the first shot reached the back of the net, the flood gates opened. Providence scored the game's first goal, but the Yale men's lacrosse team tallied the next four and almost never looked back on the way to a 9-6 road decision and a second straight victory.
The Bulldogs (4-4) scored four times in the second quarter and two times each in the last two frames to get back to .500 on the season. The Friars (1-8) were unable to parlay the early prosperity, a late desperation run and a third straight home game into a much needed win.
The disparity in shots (35-16), ground balls (30-19) and turnovers (25-15) were indicative of Yale's dominance in a fifth straight win against Providence. Only a 14-save performance by Friar goalie Christian Dzwilewski prevented a Bulldog blowout.
Deron Dempster, picking up where he left off with five goals and the late game-winner against Penn, led all scorers with four tallies. The junior attackman, who sat out two straight games with an injury, returned on fire with nine goals over the last two outings.
"Dempster had another big day when we needed him to," said Yale head coach Andy Shay.
The Blue was able to go on a run that included five of the game's next six goals after the 1-0 deficit because they made the home team turnover the ball. Michael McCormack (in photo) led the charge with five of Yale's 10 caused turnovers and picked up five ground balls. Fellow defenseman Peter Johnson chipped in five ground balls.
"I was very pleased with our composure, especially in the second half," said Shay.
Balanced scoring also contributed heavily. Four Elis scored, including three goals (4 points) from Matt Gibson. Michael Lipin and Colin Flaherty were the others to find the net. Flaherty was one of three (Shane Thornton, Sean Shakespeare) freshmen to play on the first two midfields tonight.
The only scare of the night came with 8:21 left in the fourth when Greg Fitzmaurice found the net to cut the deficit to 7-6. He led PC with two goals. Dempster answered for the Elis by converting a pair of Thornton passes and pulling the visitors away for the final time.
It also helped that sophomore goalie Jack Meyer made two of his three saves in the fourth to notch his second win.
Maybe the only thing the Friars did that nobody else had this season was keep the ball away from Yale's face-off specialist Dylan Levings, who currently ranks third in Division I. The Eli sophomore won three of 10 battles, but junior Cole Yeager rose to the occasion and took five of eight face-offs.
The Bulldogs are in action next at Dartmouth this Saturday at 1 p.m.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director