Blue Takes on No. 2 Red Saturday

Blue Takes on No. 2 Red Saturday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – 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



The Bulldogs and Big Red split two games last season. The Red took the Ivy League opener 8-7 at Ithaca, but the Blue got the last hurrah, a 14-10 victory in the semifinals of the Ivy tournament.



At Princeton's Class of '52 field, Yale won its eighth game in a row behind strong performances from Matt Gibson '12 and Deron Dempster. Gibson tallied eight assists, the most by a Bulldog since 1990, and Demptster found the net eight times, also the most by an Eli since 1990. Jack Meyer saved 13 goals while his Big Red counterpart only saved a single shot in the first half. The Eli victory ended Cornell's season and its NCAA appearance streak.



The Bulldogs got their third straight win of the 2013 season, 12-8 against Fairfield at Reese Stadium. In front of 1,300 fans, Kirby Zdrill found the net a career-high four times and Brandon Mangan added another four points to bring his team-high total to 20. Dylan Levings had his best day this season, winning 17 of 23 battles on the X, while Eric Natale reached double-digit saves for the third straight game with 12.



Cornell (5-0) heads to New Haven as the No. 2 ranked team in both polls. The Big Red came from four goals back in the second half to top No. 8 Virginia 12-11 last weekend at Charlottesville and have outscored their five opponents 79-38. Rob Pannell led the Big Red had five of his six points in a 7-2 run over the last 20 minutes. Pannell scored with 2:12 to play to give the Big Red an 11-10 lead and then assisted on the game-winner, finding Steve Mock on the crease with 13 seconds left. Pannell is third on the Ivy League career lists for points (286) and assists (168).



Yale ranks seventh in face-offs (.600), ninth in scoring (12.5) and 13th in defense (8.0).



The class of 2013 boasted 34 career wins, and it had the most wins by a class heading into its senior year since 1993. The seniors need 12 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.), the Yale captain, has caused six turnovers and scooped up 11 ground balls this season. Last season he led Eli defensemen with 55 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers. 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



Senior Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, MN) leads ranks fifth in the country with 2.5 caused turnovers per game this season. 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



Junior Dylan Levings (Massapequa, NY.) has a .602 face-off percentage and ranks 11th in Division I. He is fifth in the country with 9.25 ground balls per contest. 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 Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) leads the Bulldogs in points with 20 and is tied for first in goals with 12. He ranks fifth with 5.0 points per game and is seventh in goals. 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 intimidated by pressure, he drained a game-winning overtime goal against Princeton his freshman year.



Conrad Oberbeck, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., who ranks seventh in Division I with 3.0 goals per game, scored six against Albany this season. That was one short of the school's sophomore record set in 1958. He is tied for the team lead with 12 goals. Last season, he scored a goal in 10 of the 16 games 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, 2012, 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.) has made a career-high 12 saves twice this season. He did it in the 15-8 win over Albany and  in the 12-8 victory against Fairfield.  Last season, he started two games (both wins) and played five games overall.



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 and Yale women's lacrosse captain and All-American Connie Ambler '88… 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.



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.


1. #15 Yale 3-1

2. Quinnipiac 3-0

2. #19 UMass  3-3

4. Brown  3-1

5. Fairfield 3-3

6. Providence 4-0

7. Harvard 2-2

8. Holy Cross 3-3



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.



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, Yale Sports Publicity Intern


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