April 19, 2011

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Yale Overcomes Hot Goalie, Beats Bryant

from press release

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – For the second straight game, the No. 14 Yale men's lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to register a victory. The Bulldogs made it four straight wins with a 9-8 non-conference win over the Bryant Bulldogs at the Bryant Turf Complex.

Gregory Mahony led the Elis (9-2) with three goals and four points while Brian Douglass had two goals and two assists. Matt Gibson (1-2-3) and Ryan McCarthy (1-1-2) were the other Yale players with multiple-point nights. Brandon Mangan and Jack Flaherty also hit the net for a Bulldog team looking for one more win to reach double digits for a second straight year.

Bryant, which upset the Blue 9-7 at New Haven last April in the first ever meeting, got 15 saves from Jameson Love, whose squad had the edge in most of the statistical categories.

Yale, the top ranked team in New England, came back from a 3-0 deficit last Saturday against Brown to win 10-6.

Tonight, the home team had more shots (39-32) and ground balls (35-27) and eight fewer ground balls. Those advantages kept Rhode Island's Bulldogs (7-7) in the contest after seeing their 2-0 lead evaporate in the second quarter.

Fortunately for the visitors, Cole Yeager had another big day on face-offs with 11 wins in 18 attempts. He won the last three straight battles on the X to prevent a shift in the momentum. That and goalie Johnathan Falcone stopped five second-half shots and a late Bryant comeback attempt on the way to eight overall saves. The senior netminder made a few big stops down the stretch including a big stop with his helmet on long pole Mason Poli in the final frame.

Mahony's goal at 5:40 of the first put the Blue on the board and cut the margin to 2-1. Gibson and Douglass followed in the second and the Elis never trailed again.

Yale's lead grew as large as 8-5 when Douglass connected with Mahony with 3:55 left in the fourth. Bryant tallied three of the last four over the last two minutes and ran out of time.

"We battled through a tough game and scrapped it out," said Yale captain Patrick Coleman, who had two caused turnovers.  We gave up some goals at the end we definitely wish we could have back, but Cole [Yeager] came up huge at the face-off x."  

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Georgetown that airs live on both MASN (Mid Atlantic Sports Network) and SNY (cable home of New York Mets).


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