Elis in League Stretch Run
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No.13 Yale men's lacrosse team (6-3, 2-2 Ivy) takes its two-game win streak to Providence this Friday night in a crucial league matchup with the Brown Bears (6-4, 1-2 Ivy). The 7:00 contest airs live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
There have been 55 games played between the two since the first on April 30, 1927. Yale won that one 26-0, and the first six contests by a combined score of 93-22. Although Yale had early success, Brown currently leads the series 34-21. However, Yale has won the last four games.
Yale beat Brown 11-8 a year ago after trailing late in the contest. The Elis were down by one after a four-goal Brown-scoring run with 8:03 left. Yale then scored four-straight to take command. Brandon Mangan scored three and had five points while Kibry Zdrill '13 scored three. Conrad Oberbeck scored twice, in addition to Shane Thornton, Colin Flaherty, and Harry Kucharczyk each scoring once. Dylan Levings won 11-20 face-offs and grabbed seven ground balls.
YALE BEATS DARTMOUTH
Ten different Elis hit the net and Dylan Levings won 21 of 28 face-offs with 14 ground balls as Yale got past Dartmouth 16-10 last Saturday at Hanover. The Blue converted all five man-up chances and got three goals from Shane Thornton and a pair each from Brandon Mangan, Conrad Oberbeck, J.W. McGovern and Michael Bonacci.
Brown has won three of its last four games but is coming off a 10-8 loss at Penn on Saturday. Kylor Bellistri had three goals and Jack Kelly had eight saves in a game that was tied at 7-7 in the fourth. The Bears also have an 11-10 win over Princeton, where Kelly came up with 16 saves and Bellestri had another three-goal outing.
Yale, looking to grab one of the four spots in the 2014 Ivy League Tournament, is in third place heading into the weekend. The Elis, who have played in every post-season league championship event and won the last two, trail Harvard (3-0) and Cornell (3-1). Yale (2-2), Penn (2-2), Brown (1-2) and Princeton (1-2) are all battling for one of the spots. The regular-season champion hosts the May 2-4 tournament.
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 has two goals this season, including a shot from his own restraining line that sailed all the way in the air against Lehigh that was No. 8 on ESPN's Top 10 plays that night. 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.
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 has a .576 win percentage this season ranking him first in the Ivy League and 20th in Division I. He leads the Yale squad with 65 ground balls and has scored a goal in three games (Princeton, Cornell, Lehigh). 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 insidelacrosse.com. 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.
Senior attackman Brandon Mangan (Wantagh, NY.) is second on the team with 27 points and first with 12 assists. Mangan notched a career-high 5-2-7 vs. Princeton on March 22. He is a 2014 insidelacrosse.com pre-season All-American (3rd team). In 2013 he 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 91 (10th at Yale), is tied for 6th on the school list with 145 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.
Junior attackman Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.) leads the team in goals (22) and points (30) and is on the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. Oberbeck has scored a goal every game this season including four hat tricks and a four-goal afternoon in the OT loss at Fairfield. Oberbeck has recorded at least five points in three games, with his season-high of six against Princeton. He has scored 41 goals since April 2, 2013; the start of Oberbeck's 19-game goal streak. He was a second-team All-New England pick and an Ivy League All-Tournament team selection in 2013, while being 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 last season.
Sophomore defenseman Michael Quinn (Port Washington, NY.), a pre-season honorable mention All-America pick and first-team All-New England pick, was also placed on the mid-season All-American first team list by inside lacrosse. Quinn has been a key component of the Bulldog defense since joining the team last season. Quinn (15 CT, 20 GB), has helped lead a Bulldog defense which ranks No. 1 in the Ivy League in scoring defense and clearing percentage. In addition, Quinn is ranks first in the Ivy League and 13th in the nation causing 1.88 turnovers per game. Quinn had his first goal of the season against Lehigh. In 2013, Quinn played in all 17 games, causing 14 turnovers, grabbing 27 ground balls and scoring three goals.
Sophomore midfielder Mark Glicini (Mahwah, NJ.) has stepped up for the Bulldogs multiple times this season. Glicini scored a game-tying goal at Fairfield that sent the game into overtime. He also scored the game-winning goal against Princeton with 38 seconds left to play. Glicini is 6-5-11 on the season.
Junior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.) has started each game this season and leads the Ivy League (10th in the nation) in goals-against average (8.33). Natale made a game clinching save on Princeton's Kip Orban with seconds left to seal the March 22 win. Natale has recorded double-digit save figures in seven games this season including a season-high 15 against Providence College. He 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.
THREE ON WATCH LIST
Three Yale players have been named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Men's "Watch List." Brandon Mangan, Dylan Levings, and Conrad Oberbeck are on the list for the top male lacrosse player in the U.S.
Yale was 2013 NEILA champions. The eight New England head coaches vote each week to come up with the following rankings.
1. Fairfield (11)
2. Yale (13)
3. Harvard (17t)
4. UMass (14)
5. Bryant (17t)
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, YALE'S RYAN & FORST FAMILY HEAD COACH
Andy Shay, who in 2013 finished his 10th season of his first collegiate head coaching job, has engineered a 49-21 mark over the last five 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 (84-66 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.
Forty-one Bulldogs come from 10 different states. A dozen players represent New York, nine from Connecticut, four each from Massachusetts and New Jersey, three each from California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and one each from New Hampshire, Texas and Wisconsin.
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 37 victories and consecutive Ivy League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. The most wins by a Yale lacrosse class is 46 by the 1991 and 1992 groups.
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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