2012-13 Yale Men's Lacrosse News

May 31, 2013
Yale No. 7 in Final National Poll
The end result of winning the Ivy League Tournament Championship and a first-round NCAA contest and then nearly upsetting Syracuse in the quarterfinals was a No. 7 ranking for the Yale men’s lacrosse team in the final Nike Division Media Poll. That is the highest ranking for a Bulldog squad since the early 1990s.

May 29, 2013
Johnson, McCormack Scholar All-Americans
A pair of Yale senior defensemen picked up the last awards of the 2013 men’s lacrosse season for their work in the classroom. Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Michael McCormack (West Islip, NY) were named USILA Scholar All-Americans today.

May 23, 2013
3 Elis Earn All-America Status
For the second straight year, the Yale men’s lacrosse team has three players selected as United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Americans. Senior defenseman Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, Minn.) and juniors Dylan Levings (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, N.Y.) received honorable mention status.

May 22, 2013
Bulldogs Rewarded With 2013 Association Awards
The finishing touches on a fourth straight double-digit win season came with the eight Yale Lacrosse Association individual awards being handed out. The Bulldogs, coming off a 12-5 season and spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals at College Park, Md., had many highlights during the 2013 campaign, including a second straight Ivy League Tournament title and NCAA appearance. The final one was captain Michael McCormack receiving the L.C. Stowell Award as the team’s most valuable player.

May 22, 2013
3 Bulldogs Picked For USILA North-South Game
The Bulldogs came within a game of playing this weekend in the national semifinals, but three Yale players have been invited to showcase their skills close to Lincoln Financial Center in all-star competition. Defensemen Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson and attackman Kirby Zdrill have been selected to play in the 2013 USILA/Lax World Division I-II North-South Senior All-Star Game at Edith Robb Dixon Field on the campus of Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., on Friday, May 24, at 5:30 PM.

May 21, 2013
Craft Named 2014 Captain
Jimmy Craft, a defenseman who helped the Yale men’s lacrosse team win an Ivy League Tournament Championship and reach the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years, has been named 2014 captain after a vote by his teammates.

May 18, 2013
Bulldogs Take On No. 1 Syracuse
The Yale men’s lacrosse team (12-4), which captured its first NCAA Tournament win since 1992 on Saturday at Penn State, takes on No. 1 seed Syracuse (14-3) at 3 p.m. this Saturday on Capital One Field in Byrd Stadium at College Park, Md. This national quarterfinal can be seen on ESPN2. The Bulldogs, playing in the NCAA Tournament for a school-record second straight spring, are coming off a 10-7 win at No. 8 seed Penn State. The Orangemen advanced to the second round by beating Bryant at the Carrier Dome, 12-7, on Sunday night.

May 18, 2013
Bulldogs Nearly Stun Orange in NCAA Quarters
The Yale men's lacrosse team, which scored six straight goals to erase a four-goal deficit while holding No. 1 Syracuse scoreless for 43 minutes, needed to protect a two-goal lead with a little over three minutes left to earn its first national semifinal appearance since 1990. The 6-4 lead evaporated in a span of 44 seconds and then Dylan Donahue found the net with 13 seconds left as the Orange squeezed past the Bulldogs 7-6 in the NCAA Quarterfinal at Byrd Stadium.

May 17, 2013
Bulldogs Preparing in College Park
They have been called comeback kids. They have been called one of the most exciting teams in college lacrosse this year. Both descriptions fit the 2013 Yale men’s lacrosse team as it prepares for a national quarterfinal showdown with No. 1 Syracuse Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

May 12, 2013
Bulldogs To Face No. 1 Syracuse Saturday
The No. 11 Yale men’s lacrosse team (12-4), which captured its first NCAA Tournament win since 1992 on Saturday at Penn State, will take on No. 1 seed Syracuse (14-3) at 3 p.m. this Saturday on Capital One Field in Byrd Stadium at College Park, Md., in the national quarterfinals, which can be seen on ESPN2. The Bulldogs, winners of four straight games, are coming off a come-from-behind, 10-7 win at Penn State. The Orangemen advanced to the second round by beating Bryant at the Carrier Dome, 12-7, on Sunday night.

May 11, 2013
Yale Plays NCAA First Round at Penn State
The No. 11 Yale men’s lacrosse team (11-4, 4-2 Ivy), winners of back-to-back Ivy League Tournament titles, earned its second straight berth in the NCAA tournament and heads to Univertisy Park, Pa. to take on the No. 8 seed, No. 12/13 Penn State (12-4, 6-0 CAA). The Bulldogs take on the Nittany Lions this Saturday at Penn State Lacrosse Field at 2:30 pm in a game that airs live on ESPNU.

May 11, 2013
Comeback Kids; Big Second Half Helps Yale Knock Off Penn State In NCAA Opening Round
The No. 11 Yale men’s lacrosse team rallied from a 5-1 halftime deficit to defeat eighth-seeded Penn State 10-7 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Colin Flaherty scored three goals to pace the Bulldogs, who advance to the quarterfinals next weekend at the University of Maryland. Yale plays the winner of Saturday night’s Syracuse-Bryant game.

May 9, 2013
5 Bulldogs Make All-New England
Five Yale men’s lacrosse players have been named to the 2013 All-New England team, selected by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, including first-team picks Brandon Mangan and Peter Johnson. Dylan Levings, Colin Flaherty and Conrad Oberbeck earned second-team honors.

May 5, 2013
Bulldogs Beat Tigers To Get NCAA Berth
The Bulldogs have qualified for the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. The Yale men’s lacrosse team erased a 2-0 deficit with six straight goals and then broke open a 6-6 game in the third quarter with five straight tallies on the way to a 12-8 win over Princeton in the 2013 Ivy League Tournament Championship Game at Schoellkopf Field.

May 5, 2013
Yale Gets Penn State in NCAA 1st Round
The Yale men’s lacrosse team, cooling off from its sizzling Ivy League Championship Game win over Princeton earlier in the day, gathered on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House tonight to watch ESPNU’s NCAA Selection Show. The Bulldogs erupted when it was announced they would travel to No. 8 seed Penn State (12-4) on Saturday at 2:30 (ESPNU) for the first-round contest.

May 3, 2013
Bulldogs Begin Defense Of Tourney Title
The Yale men’s lacrosse team (9-4, 4-2 Ivy) has made the Ivy League Tournament for the fourth straight year and faces No. 17/18 Penn (8-4, 3-3 Ivy) Friday at 5 p.m. at Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field. The No. 13 Bulldogs, winners of its last four Ivy League matchups, are the defending tournament champions. The game airs live on ESPN3.

May 3, 2013
Bulldogs in Ivy Title Game
The no. 13 Yale Bulldogs beat Penn, 9-6, at Schoellkopf Field in the first Ivy League Tournament semifinal today at Cornell. Trailing 3-0 after the first quarter, the Elis battled back to advance to the tournament final for the second year in a row, which will air live on Sunday at 11 am on ESPNU.

May 2, 2013
Yale Wins NEILA Title
The Yale men’s lacrosse team was voted New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Champions when the final poll was conducted earlier this week. The Bulldogs, who went 6-0 against NEILA opponents, had the top spot in the rankings for eight straight weeks.

May 1, 2013
4 Bulldogs Make All-Ivy Team
The day before the Yale men’s lacrosse team takes off for Ithaca to defend its league tournament championship, four Bulldogs received All-Ivy recognition. There was one first-team pick, defenseman Peter Johnson, a pair of second-team selections (D Michael McCormack, A Brandon Mangan) and an honorable mention (A Kirby Zdrill).

April 27, 2013
Regular Season Ends Saturday at Boston
The No. 15/15 Yale men's lacrosse team (8-4, 3-2 Ivy), having clinched a spot in the Ivy League Tournament, heads to Boston for its regular season and Ivy League finale against longtime rival, Harvard (6-7, 2-3 Ivy) this Saturday at Harvard Stadium. The Bulldogs square off with the Crimson at two in a game that airs live on Gocrimson.com.

April 27, 2013
Yale Beats Harvard, Claims No. 2 Spot in Tourney
The Bulldogs have had great success in overtime games this spring, but today they were desperately trying to avoid an extra session in the regular season finale at Harvard. The No. 15 Yale men’s lacrosse team held off a late Crimson offensive rush to take an 11-10 game and finish the season with a 9-4 record heading into next week’s Ivy League Tournament.

April 26, 2013
Mangan Named Tewaaraton Award Nominee
Junior Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) has been named a Tewaaraton Award Nominee by the Tewaaraton Foundation. There are 25 nominees for the top player in men’s lacrosse this season and five will be selected on May 30 as finalists.

April 20, 2013
No. 12 Blue Faces No. 4 Maryland
The No. 12/15 Yale men's lacrosse team (8-3, 3-2 Ivy), on a five-game winning streak, takes on No. 4/4 Maryland (8-2, 2-1 ACC) this Saturday in its final non-league contest of the season. The Bulldogs square off with the Terrapins at noon in a game that airs live on ACC Live and Terps TV.

April 20, 2013
Yale Comes Up Short At No. 4 Maryland
The Bulldogs thought they were going into overtime with a chance to increase their win streak to six games in one of the biggest games of the year. That opportunity was taken away from them by an official’s call in the closing seconds, resulting in an 8-7 loss to No. 4 Maryland at Byrd Stadium this afternoon.

April 15, 2013
Mangan Named Ivy League Co-Player of Week
Brandon Mangan provided five points and the game-winning goal as the Bulldogs defeated Brown, 11-8, on Friday at Reese Stadium to move into second place in the Ivy League standings. Mangan’s stellar performance resulted in his second Ivy League Co-Player of the week honor this season.

April 15, 2013
Blue Takes 5th Straight
Harry Kucharczyk scored one of his team’s 11 goals in the game tonight, but it was the most important tally. The sophomore midfielder found the net with 1:24 left in overtime to give No. 12 Yale an 11-10 win over Stony Brook at Reese Stadium.

April 12, 2013
Bulldogs Prepare For Visit From Brown
The No. 15/17 Yale men's lacrosse team (6-3, 2-2 Ivy), currently on a three-game winning streak, gears up for an Ivy contest full of postseason implications this Friday against Brown (5-4, 1-2 Ivy). The third in a four game home stretch, the Bulldogs square off with the Bears at 7:00 p.m. in a game that airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com.

April 12, 2013
Win Streak Extended to 4
The Yale Bulldogs (7-3, 3-2 Ivy), down one after a four-goal Brown (5-5, 1-3 Ivy) scoring run with 8:03 left in the fourth, exploded to net the final four scores in an 11-8 win and take command of their quest for a fourth-consecutive appearance in the Ivy League tournament.

April 8, 2013
Flaherty Named Ivy Player of Week
Colin Flaherty, the sophomore midfielder who scored three straight goals in the fourth quarter that helped Yale beat Dartmouth last Saturday, was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week.

April 6, 2013
Bulldogs Host Dartmouth On Senior Day
The No. 16/16 Yale men's lacrosse team (5-3, 1-2 Ivy) continues its Ivy League campaign this Saturday at Reese Stadium against Dartmouth (2-6, 0-2 Ivy). The Bulldogs, hot on a two game winning streak, square off with the Big Green at 2:30 p.m. in a game that airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com.

April 6, 2013
Bulldogs Come Back For 7-5 Win
The Yale men's lacrosse team used three straight goals from Colin Flaherty to erase a fourth-quarter deficit and give the No. 16 Bulldogs their third straight win, a 7-5 decision against Dartmouth in front of a packed house on Senior Day at Reese Stadium.

April 3, 2013
Johnson a Senior CLASS Finalist; On-line Voting Open
Yale defenseman Peter Johnson has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to Division I student-athletes who show notable achievement in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The senior Minnetonka, Minn., native meets the qualifications.

April 2, 2013
Friars At Reese Tonight
The No. 16 Yale men's lacrosse team (4-3, 1-2 Ivy) returns to Reese Stadium tonight to take on Providence College (7-3, 1-2 Big East) in a break from Ivy League action. The Bulldogs, fresh off their overtime victory at No. 13 Penn last weekend, square off with the Friars at 7 p.m. in a game that airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com.

April 2, 2013
No. 16 Elis Blast Friars
The Yale men’s lacrosse team broke open a close game in the first period by scoring 11 of the final 14 goals on the way to a 13-6 win over Providence College at Reese Stadium. It was the Bulldogs’ second straight win.

April 1, 2013
Mangan Named Ivy League Co-Player of Week
In a must-win game for the Bulldogs, junior Brandon Mangan turned in his best performance of the season, leading Yale to a 7-6 overtime victory on the road against Penn on Saturday. Mangan had a hand in all but one of Yale’s goals, and on Monday was rewarded by being named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week.

March 30, 2013
Bulldogs in Philly on Saturday
The Yale men's lacrosse team (3-3, 0-2 Ivy) travels to Philadelphia this Saturday for an Ivy League contest against No. 11/13 Penn (5-2, 1-1 Ivy). The Bulldogs and Quakers, both coming off losses last weekend to top 10 ranked Ivy opponents, square off at 1 p.m. at Franklin Field.

March 30, 2013
Zdrill’s game-winning overtime goal lifts Yale over Penn 7-6.
Kirby Zdrill only had one shot on goal but it was the most significant shot of his collegiate career. The senior Yale attackman hit the net 2:11 into overtime to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 win over Penn in front of a crowd of 1,421 at Franklin Field this afternoon.

March 22, 2013
Yale at Princeton Friday Night
The No. 18/18 Yale men's lacrosse team (3-2) travels to New Jersey this Friday for a crucial Ivy League contest against an old rival in No. 10/11 Princeton. The Bulldogs and Tigers, both coming off losses in their league openers last Saturday, square off at 5 p.m. at Class of ’52 Stadium in a game that airs live on ESPNU.

March 22, 2013
Tigers Edge Bulldogs 10-9
The No. 18/18 Yale Bulldogs fought hard, but ultimately fell to the No. 10/11 Princeton Tigers 10-9 on Friday night at Sherrerd Field in Princeton, N.J. It was a one-goal game until the Tigers were able to open up to gain a three-goal lead, 10-7, with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Elis fought hard to come back, with two goals by sophomore Harry Kucharczyk and one by Conrad Oberbeck to make it 10-9 with five minutes left.

March 16, 2013
Blue Takes on No. 2 Red Saturday
The No. 15/16 Yale men's lacrosse team (3-1) opens Ivy League play this Saturday on a three-game winning streak after last week’s 12-8 home opening victory over Fairfield. The Bulldogs take on No. 2/2 Cornell (5-0) at 1 p.m. in a game that airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com.

March 16, 2013
Levings Dominates in 12-10 Loss to Cornell
Dylan Levings had the performance No. 15/16 Yale needed to knock off the No. 2 team in the nation when he won an amazing 22 of 25 face-offs during a cold Ivy League opener. The problem was his team’s 19 turnovers, which ultimately led to a 12-10 loss to Cornell before 2,955 fans at Reese Stadium.

March 15, 2013
Q&A With Michael McCormack
Michael McCormack, the captain of the 2013 Yale Lacrosse Team that hosts No. 2 Cornell tomorrow, sat down with Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn early this season to get his take on last year, the MLL Draft, his off-the-field work and other things. McCormack, a senior defenseman and pre-season All-America pick from West Islip, NY, was a second-team All-Ivy League and first-team All-New England pick last season after ranking sixth in Division I in caused turnovers.

March 9, 2013
Bulldogs Host Stags Saturday at 1
The No. 20 Yale men's lacrosse team (2-1), fresh off Tuesday’s 14-6 victory over Sacred Heart, returns home for itsfirst 2013 contest at Reese Stadium. The Bulldogs take on No. 17 Fairfield at 1 p.m. this Saturday in a game that airs live on Yale All Access on yalebulldogs.com.

March 9, 2013
Bulldogs Open At Home With 12-8 Win
The No. 20 Yale Bulldogs extended their winning streak to three today by defeating No. 17 Fairfield, 12-8, in the home opener at Reese Stadium.

March 5, 2013
Bulldogs In State Tonight For Road Game
The No. 20 Yale men's lacrosse team (1-1), fresh off a 15-8 victory over Albany last Saturday, heads 20 miles West to take on Sacred Heart tonight at 7 p.m. at Campus Field.

March 5, 2013
Bulldogs Blast Pioneers
The No. 20 Yale Bulldogs dominated Sacred Heart in all facets of the game en route to a 14-6 win over the Pioneers on Tuesday night at Campus Field to increase their record to 2-1. Eight different players found the net and the defense held SHU to two goals in the first half to get a second straight win.

March 2, 2013
Bulldogs Look For Road Win
The Yale men's lacrosse team heads North to take on No. 19/20 Albany on Saturday at noon at John Fallon Field.

March 2, 2013
Yale Beats Albany 15-8
The Yale men’s lacrosse team stepped up in its second game of the season to bring down the ranked Albany Great Danes 15-8 and move its record to 1-1. After coming off a tough season-opening loss against St. John's last week, the Bulldogs improved on what they needed to - finishing their shots and holding on to possessions to win in a decisive fashion.

February 23, 2013
Bulldogs Open 2013 Season at St. John's
The Yale men's lacrosse team, ranked 17th in the USILA poll and coming off a 2012 Ivy Tournament title and its first NCAA appearance in 20 years, opens the 2013 season at St. John’s this Saturday at 1 p.m. at DaSilva Memorial Field.

February 23, 2013
Elis Drop 10-9 Opener at St. John's
One game can really make a difference. That may have been most evident today as the Bulldogs opened their 2013 season against a Red Storm team that had worked out its kinks in a regular-season win last week on the road. No. 17 Yale had trouble finishing and grabbing ground balls at crucial times while dropping its men’s lacrosse season opener at St. John’s, 10-9.

February 20, 2013
Johnson Named Senior CLASS Candidate
Yale senior defenseman Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, Minn.) has been named a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

January 30, 2013
2013 Yale Men’s Lacrosse Season Outlook
Yale, ranked no. 17 in the USILA preseason poll, comes into the season fresh off its third straight double-digit winning season, an Ivy League Tournament championship and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years.

January 28, 2013
Bulldogs Help Lift Spirits in Newtown
Yale student-athletes have a long and impressive history of community outreach. The Yale men’s lacrosse team raised the bar late last week to help lift the spirits of a Connecticut community recovering from a horrible tragedy. The Bulldogs conducted a free clinic for the Newtown Youth Lacrosse Program, and gave a large group of children a chance to focus on sports for a day.

January 23, 2013
2013 Schedule Announced
The official 2013 Yale men’s lacrosse schedule was announced today and the defending Ivy League Tournament Champions have six regular-season games at Reese Stadium in addition to a pair of pre-season scrimmage dates.

January 16, 2013
McCormack, Johnson Taken in MLL Draft
Yale students came back from winter break this week, but before classes began a pair of Bulldog lacrosse players were selected consecutively in the seventh round of Major League Lacrosse’s 2013 Collegiate Draft. Senior defensemen Michael McCormack (West Islip, NY) and Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, Minn.) were taken 51st and 52nd, respectively.

December 20, 2012
Face-Off Pre-Season Ivy List Has 3 Elis
Three members of the Yale men’s lacrosse team were selected by the Ivy League coaches as Inside Lacrosse 2013 Face-Off Yearbook Pre-Season All-Conference. Senior defensemen Michael McCormack (West Islip, N.Y.) and Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, Minn.) and junior face-off man Dylan Levings (Massapequa, N.Y.) added to their list of pre-season honors by making the insidelacrosse.com list.

December 5, 2012
3 Bulldogs Named to Face-Off Team
It may be 20 days before Christmas, but the first lacrosse scrimmage for the Bulldogs is only a little more than two months away. That’s why the prognosticators are busy figuring out the upcoming campaign, and three member of the Yale men’s lacrosse team have been named to the 2013 Face-Off Yearbook Pre-Season All-America squad.

November 29, 2012
Yale Ranked No. 20 in Pre-Season Poll
The first 2013 NCAA men’s lacrosse pre-season rankings have appeared and InsideLacrosse 2013 Face-Off Yearbook puts Yale at No. 20 after the Bulldogs finished 14th last spring.

November 29, 2012
Gibson Picked For Champion Challenge
After an All-American career at Yale, he became a star member of the Long Island Lizards and Major League Lacrosse’s 2012 Rookie of the Year. Matt Gibson ’12 has added another milestone to his storied athletic career. The former high-scoring Bulldog attackman has been selected by the U.S. Men’s National Team for the Jan. 27 Champion Challenge.

October 16, 2012
Elis Perform Well at Christian Prince Tourney
Although no one was keeping score at Yale’s sixth annual Christian Prince Memorial Tournament on Oct. 14, the Bulldogs ended their 2012 fall season with strong performances against UMass and Rutgers.

September 27, 2012
Shay Now The Ryan and Forst Family Head Coach
A family contribution from two alumni has endowed the position of head coach for the Yale men’s lacrosse team. Susan Ryan Forst ’87 and her brother David Ryan ’92, along with their families, have established the endowment, which will support men’s lacrosse in perpetuity.

September 27, 2012
Christian Prince Tourney is Oct. 14
The Yale men's lacrosse team hosts the annual Christian Prince Memorial Tournament on Oct. 14 at Reese Stadium with UMass and Rutgers coming to town.

September 12, 2012
Class of 2016 Introduced
Ten newcomers join the Yale men’s lacrosse team as it prepares to defend its 2011 Ivy League Tournament Championship and return to the NCAA Tournament. There are two attack men, six middies and two defensemen among the class of 2016.

August 18, 2012
Gibson Named MLL Rookie of Year
Matt Gibson ’12, a former Yale All-American, has been named 2012 Cascade Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Year. The Long Island Lizards attackman earned the honor based on votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the league’s eight teams.

August 7, 2012
Baxter Joins Yale Lax Staff
Andrew Baxter, a collegiate men’s lacrosse coach for the last 12 years, is Yale’s new defensive coordinator. He joins the Bulldog staff after four seasons as defensive coordinator and the top assistant at Ohio State.