Scores On Only Shot On Goal In Game
PHILADELPHIA - 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.
Consecutive Penn goals in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter tied the game at 6-6 and had momentum in the Quakers favor heading into the extra period. After Penn won the opening overtime draw and flew downfield for a point-blank try at the net, it seemed that was the case.
Eric Natale, however, came to Yale's rescue, making a big save and giving the Bulldogs the only possession they would need. A successful clear led to Brandon Mangan with the ball behind the Penn goal. He sprinted to his right, drawing the defense in, and found Zdrill open at the opposite post for a quick-stick shot that set off a Yale celebration.
"Eric made a huge save and we got the ball down to the offense," Zdrill said. "We had been relying on Mangan to score on outside shots, so I think Penn might have been anticipating that and overplayed it slightly. That left a small opening inside and luckily Mangan's pass made it through, and I was able to put it past the goalie. The entire game was a huge battle so it was great to come out with an Ivy win."
Yale began the day a bit sluggish, allowing back-to-back goals less than a minute apart early in the first quarter.
The Bulldog offense hit their stride late in the second, scoring three goals in a minute and a half. John-William McGovern found an open Mangan for the first goal, and less than a minute later, Mangan returned the favor and hit McGovern for the second Blue goal. Colin Flaherty ended the flurry of scoring, giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 advantage heading into the half.
Mangan led the offensive charge the rest of the way, scoring the next three goals himself (two of which involved diving past a defender) before dishing an assist to Zdrill for the final tally. He finished with four goal and six points, increasing his team-high point total to 32 and giving him team-highs in goals (19) and assists (13).
In such a low scoring affair, the Bulldogs made use of all of their man-up opportunities,finding the goal in all three of their tries.
Peter Johnson and Michael McCormack led a stellar defensive effort that caused 21 Penn turnovers. Johnson was a constant disruption for the Penn attack, causing five turnovers while scooping up six ground balls all day. McCormack caused another pair of turnovers and scooped up five grounders of his own.
Natale finished with 10 saves, eight of which came after halftime.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday when they Providence at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Wes Moyer, Yale Sports Publicity