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Yale Opens Season at Reese
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
The Bulldogs hold a 6-0 advantage since series began in 1996. Yale has outscored Fairfield 84-55, including an 18-11 victory in the latest meeting in 2009 at Reese Stadium.
At home in 2009, Yale grabbed a first-quarter lead and never looked back. Led by five goals from Michael Karwoski '09 and a pair of triplets from the Gibson brothers, Matt '12 and Brendan '10, the Bulldogs outscored the Stags in each quarter. A surprisingly equal game in the stat books, Yale took one less shot (41) and had four more turnovers (22) than Fairfield, but the difference came in goal, as Johnathon Falcone '11 stopped 13 shots, four more than hisStag counterpart.
The Bulldogs got their second win of the 2013 season, 14-6 against Sacred Heart on Tuesday. Eight different Yalies found the back of the net, while the defense led by Captain Michael McCormack held the Pioneers to a mere two first half goals. In what has become a common theme through the first three games, Brandon Mangan led the charge with four goals and three assists, bringing his three game point total to 16. Conrad Oberbeck netted three goals and assisted one, while Kirby Zdrill took advantage of Fairfield penalties and added two goals on the man-up. Peter Johnson led the stifling defense with three caused turnovers and Eric Natale found double digits for the second straight game with 10 saves.
FAIRFIELD IN 2013
Fairfield (3-2) heads to New Haven as the No. 17 ranked team in the nation. The Stags opened the season with victories over Bryant (8-6) and Navy (10-9) before dropping the next two, 10-9 to No. 9 North Carolina and 9-2 to No. 15 Hofstra. The losing streak ended this past saturday with a 14-9 win over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
The class of 2013 boasted 31 career wins over its first three years, the most by a class heading into its senior year since 1993. The seniors (2-1) need 13 more wins this season to tie the class of '91, which has the most (46) victories in Yale lacrosse history.
D Michael McCormack (West Islip, NY.) has caused five turnovers and scooped up nine ground balls over the first three games this season. Last season he led Eli defensemen with 55 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers last season, returns as captain. McCormack was second-team All-Ivy League and first-team All-New England last season after averaging 2.16 caused turnovers per game, good for sixth nationally. He has been selected for pre-season All-Ivy League and All-America squads by insidelacrosse.com.
Senior Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, MN) leads the team in caused turnovers with eight after the first three games. A first-team All-Ivy and honorable mention All-American, he caused 1.81 turnovers (16th in D1) per game last season. Johnson has been selected as pre-season All-Ivy League and All-America by insidelacrosse.com.
Junior Dylan Levings (Massapequa, NY.) has won 39-70 faceoffs and scooped up a team high 24 ground balls through the first three games of the season. Last year Levings stepped onto the X 297 times, and his .632 win percentage was No. 4 in the nation. A huge factor behind Yale's success, Levings was even better (.701) in league games. Against Harvard last year, he won the first six face-offs and nine of the last 10, which earned him New England (NEILA) Player of the Week honors. He had 10 double-digit win outings last season and was ninth in ground balls (6.63) in Division I.
Junior Brandon Mangon (Wantagh, NY.) leads the Bulldogs in points with 16 and is tied for first in goals with 10 over the first three contests. Yale's active career goal leader started 28 games over his first two years, earning Ivy Honor Roll twice last spring before catching fire in the postseason and tallying seven goals. Not afraid of pressure, he drained a game winning overtime goal against Princeton his freshman year.
Conrad Oberbeck, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., scored six goals, one short of the school's sophomore record set in 1958, against Albany, and is tied for the team lead with 10 goals through the first three games. Last season, he scored a goal in 10 of the 16 games last year, and finished atop the Yale class of 2015 with 20 goals and 26 points. He received Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on March 12 for his five goals in two games. Oberbeck, an attackman, played at Brunswick School before coming to New Haven.
Sophomore goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) made a career-high 12 saves in the 15-8 win over Albany. Last season, he started two games (both wins) and played five games overall. He made two saves in a 2012 start against St. John's and stopped six shots in a win over Albany.
Junior Jack Meyer (Manhasset, NY) began 2012 as the backup, but got a chance to win the job and started the final 13 games last season. His best and longest day as a collegiate goalie came against Princeton on March 24, during which he had 14 saves in a 5 OT contest at Reese. Meyer excelled in the post season, earning All-Ivy Tournament goalie honors with 22 saves over the two victories. He finished with 118 saves last season and ranked 14th in Division I with 8.70 saves per game. Meyer, a baritone who has been singing for eight years, almost chose music over playing lacrosse at Yale. He took voice lessons and entertained the idea of going to a music conservatory (got into Oberlin, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon programs) before coming to Yale. Before coming to New Haven, Meyer sang in the all-state chorus (solo) and was elected to the All-Eastern Seaboard Choir.
Sophomore M James Tjarksen is the son of a former Yale football player, Michael Tjarksen '86… Junior M Jackson Logie's dad, Scott Logie '85, played hockey at Yale… Freshman Jonathon Reese is the son of Jon Reese '90, the school's all-time leading lacrosse scorer and captain of the 1989 Football team.
3 ON WATCH LIST
Three Yale players have been named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Men's "Watch List." Brandon Mangan, Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson have all been included on the pre-season list for the top male lacrosse player in the U.S.
The eight New England head coaches vote each week on the top teams in the region.
8. Holy Cross
Brandon Mangan (A), Michael McCormack (D), Peter Johnson (D) and Dylan Levings (FO) have all been named pre-season All-New England.
A season full of accomplishments, Yale had its…
- most (11) wins since 1992
- longest (9) win streak since 1990
- most (3) first-team All-Ivy picks since 1990
- first Ivy Tournament title
- third straight Ivy Tournament appearance
- third straight 10+ win season
Yale has played in all three Ivy League Tournaments and has an overall 2-2 record. The Elis, 2012 champions, are 1-1 against both Cornell and Princeton. The Bulldogs played at Ithaca twice (2010, 2011) and were at Princeton last May.
After last season's NCAA berth, Yale has played in the NCAAs four (1988, 90, 92, 2012) times and are 2-4 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.
Both Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were selected in the seventh round of the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. The Rochester Rattlers bit on McCormack at 51, the Charlotte Hounds barked at Johnson for the 52nd pick. Former Yale standout Matt Gibson '12 was named the 2012 MLL Cascade Rookie of the Year after leading all rookies with 33 points, including 18 goals. Taken with the 33rd pick of the 2012 draft, Gibson's strong performance helped lead the Long Island Lizards to the playoffs.
HEAD COACH ANDY SHAY
Andy Shay, who in 2012 finished his ninth season of his first collegiate head coaching job, has engineered a 31-13 mark over the last three seasons and has three consecutive 10-plus win seasons. He also directed the Bulldogs to three straight Ivy League Tournament appearances, a 2012 Ivy Tournament Title, a 2010 regular-season Ivy League Championship and Yale's first NCAA appearance in 20 years. His position was endowed after the 2012 season and he is now the Ryan and Forst Family Head Coach. 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 that campaign. Shay, whose defenses have been ranked in the nation's top 10 the last three seasons including 2012, coached his eighth consecutive top 10 ranked face-off unit. Shay (66-58 overall), 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 under Greg Cannella. During his tenure, the Minutemen won two ECAC championships and three New England titles. UMass posted an impressive 37-9 overall record in his last three seasons.
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.
Here are the names that might be challenging for you to pronounce.
No. Name Pronunciation
20 Michael Bonacci bo-notch-ee
26 Alirio DeMeireles ah-lerio da-meer-les
16 Mark Glicini gle-SEE-nee
30 Harry Kucharczyk ka-char-ZICK
34 Jackson Logie low-gee
22 Brandon Mangan MAN-gan
37 Eric Natale nuh-TAL-ee
1 Reilly Naton nay-tin
17 Alex Otero OH-tear-o
38 James Tjarksen JARK-son
47 Kirby Zdrill ZA-drill
filed by Wes Moyer '12, Yale Sports Publicity Intern
image by Jeanne Clark Lipin