Ivy League Weekend Recap

Cornell 12, Yale 10

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Dylan Levings had the performance No. 15/16 Yale needed to knock off the No. 2 team in the nation when he won an amazing 22 of 25 face-offs during a cold Ivy League opener. The problem was his team’s 19 turnovers, which ultimately led to a 12-10 loss to Cornell before 2,955 fans at Reese Stadium.

Levings, now with a .661 success rate on the X, had one of the most dominating face-off days ever for a Bulldog. His efforts helped the Blue enjoy the lead for most of the first half. Those possessions led to the home team getting goals from eight different players including three by Conrad Oberbeck, Yale’s leader with 15 goals this season.

Brandon Mangan, who leads the Elis with 24 points in five games, also had a stong showing with a goal and four points, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Yale record from falling to 3-2 overall.

None of those efforts could overcome the combined performances of Steve Mock (6 goals) and Rob Pannell (2-3-5), as the Big Red improved to 6-0 overall. A.J. Fiore stopped eight of Yale’s 32 shots to earn the win in net.

“The team fought hard,” said Andy Shay, the Ryan & Forst Family Head Coach at Yale. “We’re proud of them for that.  We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities in the fourth quarter, which cost us.  But Cornell is an excellent team, and when you play a great team like that, that’s what happens.”

Eric Natale, who faced 39 Cornell shots, made seven saves, including some point-blank attempts from a few very accomplished players.

The teams traded goals three times to start the contest before the visitors got two straight and their first advantage at 4-3 early in the second quarter. Kirby Zdrill and Oberbeck answered for Yale to grab the lead back. It took another Oberbeck tally before half to make it 6-6 heading into halftime.

Levings was good in the first half, but he stepped it up big in the second 30 minutes by going 10-for-12. Despite the hot hand from the X, the Big Red scored the only three goals of the third. Levings then captured six straight face-offs in the fourth while his teammates found the net three times to cut the margin to one goal at three different points.

“We still felt like it was a game when it was 9-6,” said Shay. “Dylan [Levings] was awesome.  He had a great effort.  He knew it would be challenging and played really well.”

Mock answered three of the Bulldog goals, including the clincher with 3:06 left off a rare Cornell face-off win.

Special teams could have changed this game one way or another, but both defenses stood up to the extra-man opportunities and were successful on five of six kills.

The Elis are next in action at Princeton on Friday night in a game that airs live on ESPNU.

Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Succumbs to Late Rally in 11-9 Loss at Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men’s lacrosse team took a two-goal lead into the fourth quarter, but a 4-0 run put Brown over the top as the Bears stole a victory from the Crimson Saturday night, 11-9.
Devin Dwyer broke a 7-7 tie in the third quarter off a feed from Peter Schwartz and found Ryan Stevens for a score less than one minute later, putting the Crimson in front 9-7 heading into the final frame. Brown’s Kylor Bellistri netted the equalizer with 9:06 remaining, however, and the Bears tacked on two more scores for the final two-goal margin.

Dwyer finished the night with four points on two goals and two assists. Alex White also scored two goals while Stevens added a goal and an assist.

Harvard (2-3, 0-1 Ivy League) won 19-of-24 face offs and dominated the X thanks to a 15-of-20 performance by Rick Molé. Gabriel Mendola was 4-of-4 on face offs and was credited with a career-high 10 ground balls. Stevens added two caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Harry Krieger made nine saves in goal.

Brown (4-1, 1-0 Ivy League) was led by Henry Blynn’s five points (2g, 3a) as Jack Kelly made 15 saves in the victory, including five in a perfect fourth quarter. Harvard held a 35-30 edge in shots and a 34-25 margin in ground balls, but was successful on just 15-of-21 clear attempts while the Bears converted 22-of-25.

Brown got on the scoreboard first but Harvard answered back with three straight goals to take a 3-1 advantage in the first. Carl Zimmerman tallied the equalizer at the 9:26 mark following a Stevens caused turnover, and Daniel Eipp put the Crimson on top for the first time, 2-1, as Dwyer found him diving through the defense toward the crease. Sean McDonagh gave Harvard the two-goal margin with just 10.6 seconds remaining in the frame, slipping a shot past the Kelly while falling to the turf.

White made it a 4-0 run off a feed from Zimmerman as the Crimson went on top, 4-1, moments into the second quarter. Jack Walker hooked up with Brendan Newman to maintain the three-goal margin after a Brown score, but the Bears tallied three quick goals to even the game at 5-5 with 8:19 remaining in the half. Dwyer gave the lead back to the visitors off an assist by Peter Schwartz, and White’s second goal of the quarter put Harvard back on top by two, 7-5, before intermission.

Blynn cut Browns lead in half coming out of the break and three penalties against Harvard gave the Bears three opportunities to even the score on the man-advantage. The Crimson was able limit Brown to just two shots during the 2:30 of penalty time, but Nick Piroli scored in an unsettled situation after all the penalties had expired to bring the game to a 7-7 tie. Dwyer came up with the pivotal goal once again before Stevens gave Harvard the two-goal edge heading into the fourth.

Harvard will be back in action Tuesday, March 19 as it hosts Bryant at 7 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Brown Rallies For 11-9 Win Over Harvard, Earning Fourth Straight Win

Providence, R.I. – Senior George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) scored an unassisted goal with 6:15 remaining to break a 9-9 tie and vault Brown to an 11-9 come-from-behind Ivy League victory over Harvard Saturday evening at Stevenson Field.  Brown earned its fourth straight win to extend its record to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Harvard falls to 2-3 overall, 0-1 in Ivy play.

The Bears were buoyed by the terrific play of freshman goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY), who made 15 saves, including five saves in the fourth quarter to keep the Crimson off the scoreboard after trailing 9-7 after three quarters.

The difference in the game nay have been the three goals by its long-sticks, with seniors Roger Ferguson (Washington, DC), Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD) and Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) all scoring key goals for the Bears.

Incredibly, the Bears were also able to overcome a 19-5 Crimson advantage in face-offs.

Trailing 9-7 after three quarters, Brown out-scored the Crimson, 4-0, in the fourth quarter.  The Bears evened the score, 9-9, on goals by Pierce and freshman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD), who tied the game with 9:06 remaining.

Sherman’s game-winning goal came following a stall warning. With five seconds remaining in the 30-second count, Sherman went one-on-one and ripped a shot into the net with 6:15 left.  Bears’ freshman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) added an insurance goal with 1:44 remaining for the 11-9 victory.

Sophomore Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) opened the scoring for the Bears, but five straight goals by Harvard, four in the first quarter and one in the second, gave the Crimson a 4-1 lead with 12:35 left in the second quarter.

Senior Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) scored for the Bears to trail 4-2, but Harvard’s Brendan Newman scored to put the Crimson up by a 5-2 margin with 10:01 left in the quarter.

The Bears tied the game on consecutive goals by Ferguson, Ford and sophomore Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) with 8:19 left in the half to tie the game, 5-5.

Goals by Harvard’s Devin Dwyer and Alex White gave the Crimson a 7-5 lead at the half.

The third quarter was evenly played, with the Bears tying the game, 7-7, on goals by Blynn and Piroli, but Harvard answering with goals by Dwyer and Ryan Stevens to pull ahead, 9-7 after three quarters.

The Bears are back in action with two games in North Carolina, first facing High Point on Sunday, March 24 at 1pm, and then UNC on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 pm on ESPNU.

Brown’s Women Laxers Overpower Quinnipiac, 16-7

Providence, R.I. – Senior Lindsay Minges (Rochester, NY), junior Grace Healy (Bellport, NY), and sophomores Abby Bunting (Wellesley, MA) and Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) scored three goals each to lead Brown to a 16-7 non-league victory over Quinnipiac Friday afternoon at Stevenson Field.  The win lifts the Bears to 4-1 overall, while Quinnipiac falls to 2-4 overall.

In addition to scoring three goals, Healy broke the Brown career record for draw controls, now with 123, breaking the previous record of 121 by Bekah Rottenberg ’03.

Brown led from start-to-finish, breaking out to a 4-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game on goals by Bunting, Healy, Minges and Gion.   Two straight goals by Quinnipiac cut the Bears lead to 4-2 with 13:25 left in the half.

The Bears broke the game open with four consecutive goals, two by Healy, and one each by Minges and junior Bre Hudgins (Syracuse, NY) to grab an 8-2 advantage.  A late goal by Quinnipiac’s Kyra Ochwat cut Brown’s lead to 8-3 at intermission.

Ochwat scored for the Bobcats to open the second half, but the Bears answered once again with four straight goals, including two by Gion and one each by Minges and Bunting, to put the game out of reach, 12-4 with19:43 remaining in the game.

Brown sophomore goalie Kellie Roddy (Poway, CA) was solid in the Brown goal, making four saves and helping the Bears convert 13-of-14 clears.

The Bears peppered the Quinnipiac goal throughout the game, out-shooting the Bobcats by a 43-14 margin.

Gion was the game’s top scorer, adding an assist with her three goals. The Bears also got goals from Carolyn Westphal (Lancaster, PA), Julia Carrellas (Middletown, RI) and Rebecca Dahle (Wynnewood, PA), while Hudgins had two assists to go with her goal.

Ochwat, who netted three goals, and Briana Fountain, who scored two goals, led the Bobcats. Samantha Tilts made 13 saves in the Quinnipiac net.

The Bears will be at home again next Friday, March 26, against USC.  Game time is 5 p.m. at Stevenson Field.