Ivy Rivals Meet 2:30 pm at Rentschler Field
For the first time in the history of the Yale Men's Lacrosse Team, the Bulldogs play an opponent three times in one season. The Elis played the Quakers in the regular season and the Ivy League Championship Game, and now they meet in the 2019 NCAA Quarterfinals. No. 5 seed Yale (13-3) and No. 4 Penn (12-3) square off at 2:30 on the real grass of Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn., Sunday on ESPNU. It's the second game of a double-header that also includes No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 8 Loyola at noon.
PRACTICE DAY AT THE RENT
The Bulldogs had an hour on the field at Pratt& Whitney Stadium on Saturday as the last of the four practices. They seemed impressed with the quality of the real grass surface, which included a pair of Fairfield University (host school) logos. Venue officials said that nearly 7,000 tickets had been sold and they were expecting a big walk-up with great weather expected.
SERIES vs. PENN
Yale leads the all-time series against Penn, 56-29, but the Quakers have taken the last two. The two Penn wins in 2019 snapped a 7-game Yale win streak. The Elis are 4-1 vs. the Quakers in post-season contests, all Ivy Tournament (3 semi, 1 championship) games. The Bulldogs took a 9-6 game at Cornell in 2013, a 7-6 game in 2016 at Brown, a 13-12 (4 OT) thriller in 2017 at Yale and a 21-6 contest at Columbia in 2018. Penn beat Yale in the 2019 Ivy Championship Game, 12-11. This is the first national tournament meeting.
2019 Y-P GAMES
The Quakers won both meetings by a goal. They met at Philadelphia (13-12 3 OT) in late March and then in New York City (12-11) on May 5 in the Ivy title game. The Elis have outshot the Quakers 112-84 and have a 72-60 (it was even in game one) edge in ground balls combined this spring. Ten different Yalies have hit the net against the Quakers, but Matt Gaudet leads the way with 5 goals.
The defending national champions won a second straight home first-round NCAA Tournament game last Saturday, 19-16 over Georgetown. Yale, winners of 7 of its last 8 games this spring, has now won 5 consecutive national tourney contests.
Winners of 12 straight, the Quakers are the league regular season and tourney champions after beginning the year with 3 losses. Penn is coming off a home win over Army in the first round last Saturday.
IERLAN vs. GALLAGHER
The two Yale-Penn games could not have been closer, and the same can be said for the matchup on the X. Yale's TD Ierlan and Penn's Kyle Gallagher are a significant element of Sunday's contest. Ierlan had a slight edge (15-14) in the regular season, but Gallagher had it (13-11) in the league championship tilt.
The Class of 2019 is the winningest one in program history with 53 wins... Head coach Andy Shay won his 150th game at Yale in the Ivy semifinal... Yale, which came within a goal of its NCAA Tourney record, had a pair of 8-goal leads against the Hoyas... The 9-goal first period vs. GT was one shy of the school record... The last SHO was in 1956 vs. Penn (17-0)... Joseph Sessa hit the 100-point milestone last week... Brendan Rooney will be researching treatments for Alzheimer's next year.
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