Brooks' OT Goal Lifts Bulldogs To Classic Title

Brooks' OT Goal Lifts Bulldogs To Classic Title

Sept. 18, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Shannon Brooks banged in a Josh Block cross at the 4-minute, 57-second mark of overtime as the Bulldogs earned a thrilling 3-2 victory over American to capture the Yale Classic Presented By Barnes & Noble title at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. Brooks, who also scored in the 1-1 tie with Michigan State on Friday night, was named the tournament most valuable player.

"It's a cliche to say, but Shannon really leads by example," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins of his captain. "It was a wonderful effort from a wonderful player."

It was the second time in the eight-year history of the Yale Classic that the Bulldogs won the title. The first time came in 2001. Yale and Dartmouth both went 1-0-1 in the tournament, but the Bulldogs won the title by outscoring Dartmouth 4-3 in two games. The Big Green beat American 1-0 on Friday, but played a 2-2 tie with Michigan State on Sunday.

American (1-4-1) opened the scoring at 14:56 on a Garth Juckem goal. It was the first time all season that the Bulldogs trailed in a game, but they weren't down for long. Alex Munns knocked in Jon Carlos' corner kick just 28 seconds later to tie it at 1-1.

Yale (1-0-3) took the lead late in the first half. Gage Hills was pulled down in the box resulting in a penalty kick. Hills took the kick and although American goalkeeper Chris Sedlak was able to dive and get a piece of the shot, it still went in.

The Eagles got the tying goal in the 60th minute when Sal Caccavale took a nifty feed from Larry Mark and beat Yale goalkeeper Erik Geiger.

American was forced to play the last 26:21 of the second half and overtime down a man because Nathan Baker was issued a red card for tripping a Yale player who had a breakaway.

Geiger, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with five saves for the Bulldogs. Carlos and Jake Miller were also named to the all-tournament team. Sedlak stopped three shots for American.

Both teams had 13 shots in the game.

"American is a good team," Tompkins said. "It was a very even game. I thought they were actually more dangerous after they got the red card, but we were able to weather the storm."

The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend at Dartmouth's Tournament. The Bulldogs play Rhode Island on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and then meet Drake on Sunday at noon.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity