March 18, 2009

Bulldogs Host No.3 Cornell Saturday

March 18, 2009

The Yale men's lacrosse team (3-2, 1-0 Ivy), coming off a come-from-behind, 14-13 OT win at Penn last Saturday, host No. 3 ranked Cornell (4-1, 0-0) this Saturday at Reese Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

Series

Cornell, which has won nine straight, leads Yale 43-22-1 in a series which began with a 5-1 Big Red win in 1916. The Bulldogs last beat Cornell 7-6 at New Haven in 1999 and the last Eli victory at Ithaca came in 1996 (11-10 in OT).

Stunning Comeback at Philly

What a way to kickoff the 2009 Ivy League season. Yale senior attacker Michael Karwoski scored 11 second into overtime to give the Bulldogs a come-from-behind, 14-13 win over Penn at Franklin Field on March 14. Karwoski, who led the Elis with a career-high five goals and one assist, got the ball after Kevin Discepolo won the opening draw in the extra session. Mark Schlam took the ball from Discepolo and flipped it to Karwoski, who was heading down the left side. The Bulldog sniper used a pick by Brian Douglass and found an opening eight yards out before sneaking a shot into the lower corner on Penn goalie Joe Hegener (14 saves). Yale erased a 10-5 deficit late in the second quarter by scoring nine of the game's last dozen goals. The Elis held 1-0 and 4-3 leads before the Quakers went on a five-goal surge early in the second. Eli newcomer Matt Gibson had three goals and three assists and classmate Gregory Mahony hit the net three times while sophomore Brian Douglass chipped in a pair and his classmate, Alex Forrey, hit the net once. Jonathan Falcone got the start in the Yale goal and made eight saves.

Big Red Beat Duke

Cornell beat No. 8 Duke 10-6 on Tuesday at Durham. Goalie Kyle Harer had a career-best 17 saves while Ryan Hurley (5 goals) and Max Seibald (3-2) combined for the Red's first eight goals. Rob Pannell, who leads the nation in both points and assists per game, pitched in three helpers. Cornell held the Blue Devils scoreless for 22:56 over the middle of the contest while building a 7-3 lead. The Big Red won despite being outshot (37-30) and having fewer ground balls (33-26).

Last Meeting

George Carafides stopped 13 of 21 shots on goal and nearly helped Yale engineer a major Ivy League and national upset. Ryan Hurley's goal with one second left in overtime gave No. 6 Cornell an 8-7 win at Ithaca. The Big Red had five of the six shots in OT and survived the scare from the Blue. Carafides made two saves in the OT after making five in the second half. The Red had the advantage in shots (43-31) but Yale's Gregory DuBoff won 12 of 18 faceoffs and the Blue had the edge in ground balls (23-20).

Two Bulldogs Earn Ivy Honors

Senior Michael Karwoski (Greenlawn, NY) and freshman Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, NY) earned Ivy League honors after great performances in a 14-13 OT win at Penn on March 14. Karwoski, an attacker who tallied the game-winner 11 seconds into the overtime, was Ivy Player of the Week and finished with a career-best five goals and one assist. He shared the honor with goalie Jordan Burke of Brown. Gibson, also an attacker, enjoyed the finest outing of his young collegiate career by hitting the net three times and handing out three assists to earn Ivy Rookie of the Week honors. These are the first Ancient Eight honors for the Bulldogs in 2009.

Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director