Bulldogs Showing Signs of 2018
There is some déjà vu for No. 2 ranked Yale heading into the 2019 Ivy League Tournament. The Bulldogs (11-2, 5-1 Ivy), who face No. 9 Cornell (10-4, 4-2) in the second semifinal on Friday, had the same overall regular-season record in 2018 with just two overtime losses separating them from a monumental campaign. The Yale-Cornell game is slated for ESPNU 30 minutes after the 6 p.m. semifinal between No. 3 Penn and Brown. The winners play Sunday at noon.
The Bulldogs entered the 2018 tourney ranked No. 1 in the country and the top seed in the Ivy event. Yale beat fourth-seed Penn and then lost in the championship game to Cornell before going on the NCAA title run. The Elis are the No. 2 seed this week. If Yale succeeds Friday, it could earn a rematch with Penn, which registered one of those two OT Yale losses in 2019. The two regular-season OT losses last year were against Villanova and Bucknell, two Pennsylvania schools. This year, the extra-time defeats also came against Keystone State schools from Philadelphia (Villanova and Penn), the site of the 2019 NCAA Championship Weekend.
SERIES vs. CORNELL
Cornell leads Yale 52-27-1 in a series dating to 1916, but the Bulldogs have taken 4 of the last 6 meetings. The Big Red is the only school with a winning (2-1) record against Yale in Ivy Tournament play; they met in 2011 (11-7 Cornell, semi at Ithaca), 2012 (14-10 Yale, semi at Princeton), 2018 (14-8 Cornell, championship at Columbia).
YALE'S IVY TOURNEY HISTORY
Yale, the winner of the 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 tournaments, has appeared in every league post-season event since it began in 2010. The Bulldogs are 11-4 overall after starting tourney play at 0-2, and have outscored opponents 172-125. The first three losses came in semifinals (two one-goal decisions), the other was the 2018 championship game. The Blue won both 2017 games (Penn, Brown) by a goal. The Elis are 5-1 in championship games, taking titles at Ithaca, Princeton, Providence (twice) and New Haven. In Ivy tourney play, Yale is 4-0 vs. Penn, 1-1 vs. Harvard, 3-1 vs. Princeton, 2-0 vs. Brown and 1-2 vs. Cornell.
Both teams came into the March 16 game at Reese Stadium ranked No. 3/4, but the home team came away with a 16-11 win thanks to big days from rookie Matt Brandau (6 goals tied Yale rookie record) and junior Matt Gaudet, who combined for 11 goals. Yale had a 46-33 advantage in shots and a 39-34 edge in ground balls over Cornell.
Yale, winners of five straight with a combined 93 goals, is coming off a 22-11 win over Harvard on a day at Boston that featured a pair of junior Tewaaraton nominees showing off their skills. Jackson Morrill scored a career-best 8 goals and had 2 assists, while TD Ierlan set an NCAA record by going 26-for-26 on the X.
Cornell enters the weekend on a 3-game win streak that began against Notre Dame and finished with Princeton. The Big Red and Yale both lost to Penn by a goal, the Elis at Philly and Cornell at Ithaca.
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