Bulldogs Play At Hartford Tuesday

Bulldogs Play At Hartford Tuesday

March 23, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's lacrosse team (3-3, 1-1 Ivy) takes a break from Ivy League play to meet Hartford on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. Tuesday's game is sandwiched around a pair of games against nationally ranked Ivy opponents for the Bulldogs, who fell to third-ranked Cornell 15-8 last Saturday and host No. 5 Princeton this Saturday.


The Bulldogs are 4-0 all-time against the Hawks, including an 11-3 victory last year at Reese Stadium. Tuesday will be only the second time the teams play in West Hartford. Yale cruised to an 18-3 victory in 2007. The first meeting between the schools was a 21-7 Bulldog victory in 2005.


Tyler Casertano, Matt Fuchs and Brendan Gibson each had two goals as the Bulldogs topped Hartford 11-3 at Reese Stadium. Yale outshot the Hawks 48-19 and had a 37-19 edge in ground balls. Gregory DuBoff kept the ball in the Bulldogs' possession by winning 14 of 16 faceoffs and grabbing five ground balls. George Carafides played the first 55 minutes in goal and made six saves for Yale. Jon McMahon stopped 10 shots for the Hawks. The Bulldogs led 6-2 at halftime.


Yale gave No. 3 Cornell all it could handle for almost three quarters before the Big Red prevailed 15-8 before 1,538 at Reese Stadium on Saturday. Cornell had leads of 3-0 and 4-2 before Ryan Hurley put the visitors up for good, 6-5, at 9:46 of the third quarter. That goal was the start of a 5-0 run that ended with the Red tallying 10 of the last 13 goals to improve to 5-1 in its Ivy opener. Yale, which didn't win any of the statistical categories, still managed to hang with a perennial national power that was coming off a road win at Duke. The Big Red had the advantage in shots (53-33), ground balls (47-31) and faceoffs (18 of 27). The Bulldogs, who had opened Ivy play a week ago with an OT win at Penn, had a pair of goals from Matt Gibson and Brendan Gibson. The other Yale players who hit the net were Brian Douglass, Michael Karwoski, Nick Tsouris and Gregory Mahony. Matt Fuchs and Douglass had assists for the home team.


The Hawks (0-6) have lost four games by two goals or less, including two in overtime. Hartford dropped a 10-8 decision to Siena on Saturday. Justin Bearse scored three goals for the Hawks. Aiden Genik leads the team in goals (11) and points (15). Ryan Compitello has a team-leading seven assists. The Hawks have used three different goalies this season. Jon McMahon has started three games and has a 14.25 goals against average. Yale is the third Ivy League opponent for the Hawks, who lost to Dartmouth 11-10 in overtime and fell to Harvard 18-7.


Junior attackman Brendan Gibson was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. He scored a pair of goals against third-ranked Cornell on Saturday. His first tally came in the first quarter and pulled the Bulldogs within 3-1. Gibson, who also scored late in the fourth quarter, had seven shots and four ground balls in the game. He leads the team with 17 points (12 goals, 5 assists).