April 21, 2009

Elis End Ivy Campaign at Harvard

April 21, 2009

The Yale men's lacrosse team completes its 2009 Ivy League and road schedule with a 1 p.m. contest at Harvard this Saturday. The Bulldogs (5-6, 1-4 Ivy) hope to even their overall record this spring when they take on the 17th ranked Crimson (6-5, 1-3) at Harvard Stadium.

THE Y-H SERIES

Yale, which leads the series 56-34, has lost four of the last five to the Crimson after a five-year Bulldog win streak. Yale's last two wins came at Cambridge, 11-6 in 2003 and 9-8 in 2007.

GREEN EDGES BLUE

Brian Koch's shot from 18 feet out hit the net with 2:57 left in overtime to give Dartmouth a 14-13 win over Yale at Reese Stadium on April 15. The Big Green scored with 54 seconds left in regulation and then got the game-winner a second after a Yale penalty expired in the OT. The final Dartmouth comeback erased the celebration from a five-goal Yale run that erased an 11-6 deficit. Yale had the edge in shots (38-35), faceoffs (19 to 10) and extra-man chances (3-for-6), but the Big Green had more ground balls (34-33) and fewer missed clears. Gregory Mahony had four goals while Michael Karwoski (3-1) and Brendan Gibson (3-2) added three tallies. Jonathan Falcone made 12 saves for the Blue.

CANTABS CRUNCH CRUSADERS

Jeff Cohen, Ivy League Rookie of the Week, scored a career-best six goals to guide Harvard to an 11-4 victory over Holy Cross last Saturday at Harvard Stadium. Travis Burr added two goals and an assist while Joe Pike made 10 saves. The Crimson, who opened the season with a 9-6 win at Duke, have lost to Princeton, Cornell and Brown by four goals combined.

LAST YEAR

Harvard erased 2-0 and 5-3 deficits and took a 9-5 win at Reese Stadium. The Crimson got two goals each from Jason Duboe and Max Motschwiller. Yale had the 5-3 advantage after Brendan Gibson's goal at 6:25 of the second period but didn't score over the last 36:25. The Crimson, who outshot (29-23) the Blue and have five fewer turnovers, blanketed Yale shooters the rest of the way and Harvard goalie Evan O'Donnell needed just five saves to earn the win. Tyler Casertano, Jerome Arnold, Brendan Gibson, Bryce Pyle and Jonathan Koenig all managed to beat O'Donnell (no saves in the fourth) once in the first half but could not get to him later. Yale faceoff man Gregory DuBoff gave the home team plenty of chances with 10 wins on 17 draws while his squad had the overall ground ball edge, 31-27..

BULLDOG BITES

Kevin Discepolo ranks 13th in Division I and second in the Ivy League with a .571 faceoff percentage while leading the Blue with 74 ground balls... The Bulldogs have outshot opponents by 22 this spring... Michael Karwoski, who has a pair of five-goal outings this year, leads the team with 25 goals and 33 points... Brendan Gibson has a team-high 11 assists.

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