Bulldog Rewarded For Great Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
The Elis, led by Ryan & Forst Family Head Coach Andy Shay, won nine of their last 11 games to finish 12-5. Along the way came a second straight league tournament title and national tournament bid for a program that has risen in the minds of everyone involved in the sport.
The Blue's 12 wins this spring are the most since 1992, while no team had played 17 games since the 1990 Elis. Yale, the only school with multiple Ivy Tournament titles, has reached double-digits in victories four consecutive seasons and has advanced to the league post-season event each time.
Part of the reason for the 2013 success was team defense and ball control. The Bulldogs ranked sixth in Division I for scoring defense with a 7.94 average while owning the No. 5 spot for face-offs at .597. Goalie Eric Natale (7th, 7.88 GAA) and face-off man Dylan Levings (7th, .597) had much to do with that success as well.
Eight different Elis received some sort of post-season honor including three who were honorable mention USILA All-Americans.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
image of Dylan Levings by Jeanne Clark Lipin