Battle for 1st Place Goes Distance
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 2 Yale Men's Lacrosse Team had its 6-game win streak end today in a 13-12 triple-overtime loss to No. 13 Penn at Franklin Field. The game, matching a pair of first-place, 2-0 squads, was the first regular-season league loss for the Bulldogs since the end of the 2017 season.
Sam Handley's goal at 3:02 of the third extra session gave the Quakers (5-3, 3-0 Ivy) their fifth consecutive win despite being outshot 66-47. Penn goalie Reed Junkin made 22 saves to help the home team knock off the defending national champions.
The disparity in shots was amazing considering things were very close on the face-off X. Yale junior TD Ierlan won 15 of 29 and had 11 ground balls. Jack Starr, the Elis' sophomore goalie, allowed the visitors to stay in the game with 15 saves. He was crucial down the stretch as Yale erased a late, three-goal deficit to take the lead.
Matt Gaudet's third goal of the game with 2:05 left in regulation gave the defending league champions a 12-11 advantage. However, the Quakers found the net with just one second left in the fourth to send the game into overtime.
The loss spoiled a 3-goal, 5-point effort by rookie Matt Brandau, who was key in the late comeback with a goal and an assist.
He and the Bulldogs (6-2, 2-1) are back in action a week from today at home with Dartmouth at Reese Stadium.
Sophomore M Brian Tevlin, who was honored at halftime along with Penn football player Sam Philippi as Be The Match donors, assisted on Brendan Rooney's second quarter goal that put the visitors up 5-4 and later fed Matt Brandau on another tally… Senior M Joseph Sessa had 3 points and made a great ground ball and pass to set up Gaudet on Yale's 12th tally.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org