Elis Host Stags Saturday Night at Reese

April 7, 2009

For the first time in Yale men's lacrosse history, the Fairfield University Stags come to West Haven to take on the Bulldogs (4-5, 1-3 Ivy) in the sixth meeting of the Nutmeg State schools this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium. Both teams are coming off close league losses last Saturday. Yale fell at No. 13 Brown 13-9 while Fairfield (6-3, 3-1) lost at No. 17 Georgetown 11-8.

THE SERIES

Yale, which has never had a home game in the series, has won all five against the Stags since the first meeting in 1996. The Elis are 3-0 at neutral sites (all in Florida) and 2-0 at Fairfield, while the Blue has a 66-44 combined goal advantage.

BEARS ERASE LATE DEFICIT

Brown came from behind to take a 13-9 Ivy League contest from Yale at Stephenson Field last Saturday. The Bulldogs had to overcome early adversity to put a real scare into the Bears. Despite going down 3-1 early in the first quarter, Yale fought back a few times to stay close. The Elis erased a 5-3 deficit in the second quarter with five straight goals and six of the next seven tallies over a 6:20 span to take a 9-6 lead in the third. The Blue dominated play for most of the day including shots (38-28), ground balls (37-26) and faceoffs (18-6). A Brendan Gibson, M Michael Karwoski and M Matt Miller each hit the net twice for the Elis, while A Brian Douglass handed out a pair of assists during the offensive breakout, which ended at 4:52 of the third. Brown got 14 saves from goalie Jordan Burke. Sophomore Johnathan Falcone had four saves in the Yale net. Senior M Kevin Discepolo, the Ivy's top faceoff man, won 18 of 24 draws and allowed Yale to enjoy the lead for most of the day.

STAGS' STREAK ENDS

Fairfield's win streak ended at four at D.C. last Saturday in a game that Georgetown led for most of the last three quarters. The loss knocked the Stags out of the top 20. Nick Baglio led FU with three goals last weekend, but Brent Adams (12-8-20) is the Stags' point leader, while John Snellman (13-1-14) has the most goals. Charlie Cipriano (8.07, .571, 6-3) has all the decisions in goal this spring. Steve Golmont's .468 faceoff percentage is a team-high.

BULLDOG BITES

Yale ranks 28th in Division I with 9.2 goals scored per game... Kevin Discepolo's (119 of 208) .572 faceoff win percentage ranks 15th nationally... Michael Karwoski (17-7-24), the only senior among the top dozen point scorers for Yale, is ninth in the Ivy League with 2.7 points per game, while his 1.9 goal average is eighth ... All five Yale losses this spring have been to nationally ranked teams.

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