Yale Looks For 9th Straight Win
PRINCETON, NJ – The Yale men's lacrosse team (10-4) faces No. 9 Princeton (11-3) Sunday at noon at Class of 1952 Stadium for the Ivy League Tournament Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The game can be seen live on ESPNU. The No. 14 Bulldogs, winners of eight straight and with hope of earning an invitation to the big dance either way, seek their first NCAA Tournament since 1992.
Yale has played in the NCAAs three (1988, 90, 92) different seasons and are 2-3 overall. The best run came in 1990 when the Blue beat Princeton in the quarters before falling in OT to Loyola at Rutgers Stadium in the semis.
The No. 3 seed Elis, who have won their last two games on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium, beat No. 2 Cornell 14-10 in the first semifinal. No. 1 Princeton held off Brown 9-6 in the nightcap.
The longest game in the history of both schools came to an end after 78 minutes, 21. Alex Capretta's third goal of the day at 1:39 of the fifth OT gave the Tigers a contest they had led most of the way. Princeton had two-goal leads three times before going up 8-5 early in the fourth quarter. The Tigers had the edge in shots (49-38) and ground balls (34-29), but Yale won 14 of 26 face-offs. None of the face-offs were bigger than the ones Dylan Levings (10-17) grabbed late in the fourth to help engineer the three-goal comeback. Brandon Mangan, who had a game-high five points, led the Bulldogs with two goals, including one with 47 seconds left in regulation that brought the home team to within one. Greg Mahony, thanks to another Levings victory on the X, got a chance to send the game into overtime when he blew by a Princeton defender and beat Tyler Fiorito (13 saves) with 23 seconds remaining. Yale's goalie Jack Meyer rose to the occasion with his best game as a Bulldog. He made a career-best 14 saves, including three in the second overtime. The Tigers sent six shots at him in the first OT and eight more in the second. Eighteen of their 49 shots came after regulation.
The Tigers lead the series 70-21-2, but they have split the two post-season encounters. Princeton took the 2010 Ivy Tournament meeting and Yale won the 1990 NCAA game. The teams have split the last two regular season meetings with the visiting teams getting the OT win. Brandon Mangan won the 2011 game at Old Nassua in the first overtime. Alex Capretta's tally in the 5th OT at New Haven gave Princeton the 10-9 win this March.
BULLDOGS BEAT CORNELL
Deron Dempster scored eight goals and Matt Gibson dished out eight assists as the No. 14 Yale men's lacrosse team beat No. 13 Cornell 14-10 at Princeton's Class of 1952 Stadium in the opening semifinal of the Ivy League Tournament.
Yale goalie Jack Meyer stopped nine Big Red shots in the first half, including a pair of point-blank attempts by Cody Bremner in the second frame, and finished with 13 overall.