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No. 12 Bulldogs Travel to Bryant Saturday

No. 12 Bulldogs Travel to Bryant Saturday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – The Yale men's lacrosse team (1-0), ranked 12th in this week's USILA poll and coming off an opening game win against St. John's, has its second game of the 2014 season this Saturday. The Bulldogs travel to Smithfield, R.I. to take on the Bryant Bulldogs (2-1). The 1 p.m. face-off at the Bryant Turf Complex can be seen live on the NEC Front Row Network.



Yale last played Bryant during the 2011 season, a 9-8 Eli win, and the teams are now even overall at 1-1.



Six different Elis hit the net in the one-goal decision at the Bryant Turf Complex in 2011.  Bryant, however, led several important statistical categories despite the loss, including shots (39-32), ground balls (35-27) and saves (15-8).  Gregory Mahony '12 led the scoring with 3-1-4 in addition to Brian Douglass '11 with 2-2-4.  Matt Gibson '12 added a goal with two assists, Ryan McCarthy '14 had a goal and an assist, Brandon Mangan '14 and Jack Flaherty '11 each contributed one goal. 



The Elis opened the season with a 10-6 win against No. 19 St. Johns in front of 1,290 fans at Reese Stadium last Saturday.  Brandon Mangan '14 extended his goal-scoring streak to 22 games after hitting the net twice.  Michael Bonacci '16 added two goals off three shots in addition to six other Bulldogs scoring once.



Bryant opened the 2014 season with a 7-4 loss at Colgate before responding with victories vs. Bucknell and Hartford.  Tucker James '17 and Dan Slipperly '14 have led the charge for the Bulldogs, combining for seven goals in the two wins.  Bryant started last year 0-7 before turning things around and beating Robert Morris 14-7 in the NEC Championship. 



There are nine seniors on the Yale roster including three defensemen, three midfielders and one each at attack, in goal and on the face-off. The class of 2014 has experienced 32 victories and consecutive Ivy League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. The most wins by a Yale lacrosse class was 46 by the 1991 group.



Defenseman Jimmy Craft (Darien, Conn.), voted captain by his teammates last spring, has a wealth of big-game experience. Craft follows an impressive line of team leaders and former teammates as captain of the Bulldogs: D Patrick Coleman '11, M Michael Pratt '12 and D Michael McCormack '13. Craft ranked third on the team in ground balls (39) and caused turnovers (17) last season. He scored his only goal last season in the victory against Princeton in the Ivy Tournament Championship Game. Craft also hit the net in this year's season opener.



Senior Dylan Levings (Massapequa, N.Y.) is one of the premier face-off specialists in the country and the latest in an impressive line of X-men wearing Yale blue. Levings had 355 face-offs in 2013 and ranked seventh in Division I with both a .597 win percentage and his ground ball average.  A huge factor behind Yale's success, Levings was even better (.750) during Ivy Tournament play.  He is a two-time honorable mention USILA All-American trying to become Yale's first three-time selection since Jon Reese '90. Levings is a 2014 pre-season, third-team All-America pick by



Senior attackman Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) was an honorable mention USILA All-American, Tewaaraton Trophy Candidate, second-team All-Ivy selection and first-team All-New England choice in 2013. Yale's active career goals leader with 77 (15th at Yale), he is 19th on the school list with 120 points. Mangan led the 2013 team with 39 goals (4th at Yale) and 64 points (3rd), both records for a junior at Yale. He was the 2013 recipient of the Walter T. Collins Award as Yale's offensive MVP. The pre-season All-Americans listed by had Mangan on its third team.



Junior attackman Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.), a second-team All-New England pick and an Ivy League All-Tournament team selection in 2013, was second on the team with 36 goals and a sophomore record 44 points.  Oberbeck scored goals in all but one game, including a season-high six against Albany. In 2014, Oberbeck scored a goal in the 10-6 opening day win against St. Johns.



Junior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) started all 17 games last season, recording double digit saves in 10 games.  Natale ranked No. 7 in Division I in goals against average (7.88) and was named to the Ivy League All-Tournament team. 



Yale was 2013 NEILA champions. The eight New England head coaches voted prior to the start of the week and here's what they came up with.


1. Yale

2. UMass Amherst

3. Fairfield

4. Bryant

5. Brown

6. Harvard

7. Providence

8. Hartford

Rankings as of February 24th 2014



Brandon Mangan (A), Jimmy Craft (D), Michael Quinn (D), Colin Flaherty (M), Conrad Oberbeck (A), Ryan McCarthy (M), Harry Kucharczyk (D), and Dylan Levings (FOS) have all been named pre-season All-New England. 



A season full of accomplishments, Yale had its…

-          most (17) games played since 1990

-          most (12) wins since 1992     

-          second straight Ivy Tournament title

-          fourth straight Ivy Tournament appearance

-          second straight NCAA Tournament appearance

-          fourth straight 10+ win season



Dylan Levings and Brandon Mangan were both selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.  Levings was taken in the third round (24th overall) by the Chesapeake Bayhawks while Mangan was selected in the fifth round (34th overall) by the New York Lizards.  In the 2013 Collegiate Draft, Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were selected in the seventh round with overall picks 51 and 52. 



Andy Shay, who in 2013 finished his 10th season of his first collegiate head coaching job, has engineered a 44-18 mark over the last four seasons and has four consecutive 10-plus win seasons. He also directed the Bulldogs to four straight Ivy League Tournament appearances, two-consecutive Ivy Tournament Titles, a 2010 regular-season Ivy League Championship and two-straight (school record) NCAA appearances, including Yale's first in 20 years. His position was endowed after the 2012 season and he is now the Ryan & 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 2013, coached his 10th consecutive top 10 ranked face-off unit. Shay (79-63 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 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


Filed by Steve Conn and Robert Klemens, Yale Sports Publicity


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