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Cornell Escapes With 8-7 Win

Matt Gibson (Dave Burbank)
Matt Gibson (Dave Burbank)

Gibson Has 4 Points in Ivy Opener


ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale men's lacrosse team came up with a big-time performance on the road against the No. 3 ranked team in the country and put a major scare into Cornell before falling 8-7 in the Ivy League opener for both schools. The Bulldogs, who held the high powered Big Red to a season-low in goals, had the edge in every category except the final score in a game that was tied six times.


Matt Gibson, Brandon Mangan and Conrad Oberbeck each had two goals as the Elis (2-3, 0-1 Ivy) had a 33-30 advantage in shots and jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first quarter with three consecutive tallies from those Bulldogs.


Cornell (4-1, 1-0), coming off an OT loss to top-ranked Virginia last week, also got a pair of goals from three (Connor English, Chris Langton, JJ Gilbane) different players. However, the biggest score came from Roy Lang with 5:17 left that put the home team up for good.


The game came down to a Yale possession coming out of a timeout with 46 seconds left and the Elis trailing by one. Gibson charged in from the right side and fired a shot wide while falling near the edge of the crease. The ball rolled out of bounds near the Bulldog bench and was awarded to Cornell.


Sophomore goalie Jack Meyer stopped six shots, including four in the third quarter. He made huge contributions to an inspired Yale defensive effort that limited a Cornell offense, which averaged 18 goals in its first three games, to three scores in the second half.


Meyer forced a turnover with 13 seconds left that gave his squad one last chance at overtime. Jimmy Craft grabbed the ball off the ground and fired it down the field, but the Elis could not get off a shot before time expired.


Another reason the Elis were able to take a two-goal lead and come so close to knocking off the Big Red was in the X. Cole Yeager won five of eight face-offs and Dylan Levings grabbed six of nine to make sure the visitors had plenty of opportunities.


Yale put 20 shots on net at Schoellkopf Field, but Andrew West stopped just enough (13), including six in the third quarter, to hold on for the win. The Cornell goalie prevented the Blue from scoring on five of six extra-man chances.


Gibson, who had Yale's extra-man goal among his four points, scored from off angle to even things at 6-6 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.


The Elis are in action again next Saturday at home against Princeton at noon.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director