Elis Take on No. 4 Seed at Notre Dame
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's lacrosse team didn't have to wait long to find out who it plays this weekend in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The 11-4 Bulldogs, coming off an Ivy Championship Game win over Princeton that concluded about 2 p.m. today, found out at 9:15 p.m. that they would travel to No. 4 seed Notre Dame (11-2) on Sunday, May 13, for a 5:15 p.m. game at Arlotta Stadium. The game airs live on ESPNU.
"We're excited," said Yale head coach Andy Shay. "We're still coming down from the thought of being in the tournament, so we're happy to play anybody."
"I think we're all excited just to hear our names called," said captain Michael Pratt. "We've been watching this show for two years and we're on the opposite side. We're excited to play Notre Dame, we've got another week together, and we'll see what happens on Sunday."
Notre Dame, which lost 8-7 in the inaugural Big East Tournament to St. John's in the semifinals on May 3, was ranked No. 2 in the latest USILA Division I poll. The loss to the Red Storm ended the Fighting Irish win streak at 10 games.
"We know it's going to be a huge challenge and they're extremely well coached. They have a phenomenal defense and a great, patient offense," said Shay, who watched ESPNU's selection show with the Bulldogs at Buffalo Wild Wings in New Haven.
The winner of the Notre Dame-Yale contest takes on the winner of the Virginia-Princeton game in the quarterfinals on Sunday, May 20, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Virginia is the tournament's fifth seed, while Princeton is unseeded.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director