Blue Thought It Had Tied Game
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - 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.
The No. 12 Yale men's lacrosse team trailed by a goal after Maryland scored with 13 seconds remaining. Junior Dylan Levings won the final face-off, picked up the ground ball and passed it off to sophomore Harry Kucharczyk, who took a shot with three seconds left. The ball bounced off the Maryland goalie's foot into the post, and while some Bulldogs saw it go in, the referees disagreed.
Junior Brandan Mangan and sophomore Colin Flaherty both found the net twice, with Conrad Oberbeck, JW McGovern, and Ryan McCarthy also contributing one goal each. Oberbeck had a goal that would have made the difference in the third quarter, but it was strangely waved off due to a Maryland interference call in conjunction with a crease violation.
Overall, the Bulldogs fought harder than the Terps - outshooting them 48 to 29, winning 27 to their 24 ground balls, and winning 11 of the 16 face-offs. The Elis even had less turnovers - 10 to Maryland's 17. Yale forced Maryland's goalie, Nico Amato, to have his career high in saves with 23.
Coming off an overtime win against Stony Brook on Monday, Yale came out to play. Maryland scored first, but McGovern was quick to counter off an assist from Mangan. Early in the second quarter, freshman Mark Glicini was given a three minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick. Maryland senior attackman Owen Blye took advantage and scored his third goal of the game to bring it to 4-1.
Less than two minutes later, Flaherty ran the ball out from behind the net, beating his defenders, giving him the opportunity to turn and score, which he did, cutting the Terps' lead to two. After a six-minute scoring lull, Maryland found the net again. Oberbeck was quick to counter: freshman Michael Bonacci sent a pass to the front of the net, intended for Kirby Zdrill. It hit the tip of his stick, and bounced back, where Oberbeck was ready. He caught the ball, took a quick shot, and scored to make it 5-3.
With five seconds left in the half, two penalties were called on Maryland, slashing and offsides, giving the Bulldogs a two-man advantage to start the half. And they capitalized 16 seconds into the second half. Mangan faked a shot to lose his defender and then stepped to the right to give himself the angle he needed to score, cutting the Terps' lead to one at 5-4. A little over a minute later, McCarthy found the net to tie it at 5-5. It was a one-goal game from there on.
After Maryland's sixth goal, Flaherty found the net to tie it up again 6-6 with 9:46 left in the third quarter. The next goal came three minutes into the fourth, with senior captain Michael McCormack causing a turnover on defense, picking up the ground ball, and running it down the field before passing it off to Mangan in front of the net. He scored to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game, 7-6. Minutes later, Maryland scored again to tie it at 7-7. With 25 seconds left, Zdrill was given a highly contested holding call, an Maryland had an extra man opportunity for the rest of the game. Junior Mike Chanenchuk (3 goals) scored the final goal of the game at the 13-second mark to make it 8-7.
Despite coming up short, the Bulldogs played with one of the best teams in the nation. Sophomore goalie Eric Natale had an amazing day with nine saves, several coming at point-blank range, to keep his team's fighting spirit alive.
Filed by Lilli Janney '13, Yale Sports Publicity