March 25, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For three quarters last Saturday, the Yale men's lacrosse team gave third-ranked Cornell all it could handle. The Big Red, though, pulled away in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs (4-3, 1-1 Ivy) will get a second chance at a highly ranked Ivy League opponent when No. 5 Princeton (6-1, 0-0 Ivy) visits on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium.
The last five Yale-Princeton games have been decided by four goals or less, but the Tigers have won four. The Bulldogs last win in the series was a thrilling 9-8 decision in 2005 in New Haven. Dan Kallaugher won 17 of 20 faceoffs and Seth Goldberg scored four goals for Yale. Princeton has won three straight over the Bulldogs and leads the all-time series 67-20-2.
Yale had the statistical edge, but Princeton played better defense and buried a few more shots in an 11-8 win over the Bulldogs at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Yale, who got goals from four different players, outshot the Tigers 33-31, cleared the ball more efficiently and dominated in faceoffs with a 16-for-22 day by Gregory DuBoff, but Alex Hewit was outstanding in goal for Princeton. He stopped 17 of 25 shots on target, including a number of point-blank attempts. Kyle Washabaugh had four goals and George Carafides made 10 saves in goal for the Bulldogs. The Tigers led 6-3 at halftime and 8-3 after three quarters.
Michael Karwoski leads the Bulldogs in goals (15) and points (20). Matt Gibson and Brendan Gibson each have 12 goals and six assists. Matt Fuchs has a team-best seven assists. Kevin Discepolo leads the team with 46 ground balls and has won 89 of 162 faceoffs. Johnathan Falcone has started five games in goal and has an 11.25 goals against average.
BULLDOGS TOP HARTFORD 9-7
Michael Karwoski scored three goals as Yale edged Hartford 9-7 on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. Gregory Mahony and Matt Gibson each added two goals for Yale, who improved to 4-3 overall with the victory. Matt Fuchs and Brian Douglass also scored. Karwoski, Mahony, Fuchs, Brendan Gibson and Michael Pratt had assists. Aidan Genik led Hartford with three goals. The Hawks (0-7) lost by two goals or less for the fifth time this season. Yale outshot Hartford 34-30 and had a 32-26 edge in ground balls. Johnathan Falcone made 16 saves to earn the victory in goal. The Bulldogs scored the first three goals of the game. Mahony got things started with an unassisted tally with 5:32 left in the first quarter. Karwoski then scored with just two seconds remaining in the quarter. Karwoski's second goal increased the lead to 3-0 early in the second quarter, but the Hawks scored the next two goals to get back into it. Just 21 second after Hartford's second goal, though, Douglass hit the back of the net and Yale had a 4-2 lead at halftime. The Hawks had an 11-6 edge in shots in the third quarter, but Falcone stopped four of them and the Bulldogs outscored UHart 4-3 in the period. Genik's third goal of the game pulled Hartford within 8-6 with 10:50 left, but Matt Gibson's tally less than four minutes later sealed the victory. Ryan Compitello added a late goal for the Hawks.
The Tigers have two wins over top 10 teams (No. 6 Johns Hopkins and No. 7 UMBC) and a third over a top 20 opponent (No. 18 Albany). Princeton is coming off a 13-6 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday. Mark Kovler had four goals to lead the Tigers. Jack McBride leads the team with 18 goals. Tyler Fiorito has started all seven games in goal and a 7.58 goals against average. Princeton, which averages 44.6 shots per game, has outscored its opponents 31- 7 in the third quarter.