Yale #1 for Fourth Straight Week
Fairfield, CT – The Yale Bulldogs have been nominated to the top of the NEILA Coaches poll for the fourth straight week. The Bulldogs ended a two game losing streak Saturday afternoon in a 7-6 overtime win over ivy league rival Penn. Senior Kirby Zdrill found the back of the net just 2:11 into overtime to give Yale their first conference win of the season. Yale climbed back into the USILA rankings, coming in at #16 this week.
The Brown Bears come in at the second spot for the second straight week after a 15-8 setback at the hands of the Princeton Tigers on Saturday. Brown has now lost two in a row and is 1-1 in the Ivy League this season.
Also unchanged from last week, the UMass Minutemen come in at number three. UMass lost a close contest to St. Joseph’s, 7-6, on Saturday afternoon.
Providence comes in tied for third after winning both their games this week, each by the score of 10-9. The Friars defeated the Bryant Bulldogs on March 26th and then Rutgers in overtime this past Saturday for their first Big East win of the season.
Harvard comes in at the fifth spot after an 0-2 week. The Crimsons were defeated 16-7 against Albany on March 26th and then were taken down by Duke, 12-11, this past Saturday.
Fairfield dropped a spot from last week, coming in at number six. Fairfield was defeated Saturday in a tough 8-7 game to Bellarmine. FU dropped their conference record to 2-1 on the season.
Holy Cross comes in at #7 after a 1-1 week. The Crusaders defeated NEILA rival Vermont, 8-5 on March 26th before dropping their third Patriot League game of the season, a 16-9 setback to Bucknell.
The Hartford Hawks round out this week’s poll at the eighth spot. Hartford won an overtime thriller, 15-14, to UMBC. Senior Garrett Dollard netted both the game-tying goal in regulation and then the game-winning goal just 54 seconds into overtime.
1. #16 Yale
7. Holy Cross
Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA Player of the Week
Kevin Massa – So. Face-off Specialist, 5-11/210 – Huntington, NY
Massa was extremely impressive this week as the Bryant Bulldogs opened their NEC slate with a 1-0 record, defeating Quinnipiac 17-7 at home. The sophomore won 24 of 28 faceoffs taken and accu- mulated 19 ground balls, a mark that ranks second in the NEC behind this season. He was a vital part in the Bulldogs jumping out to a 6-2 advantage in the first quarter, winning all nine attempts taken (9-9). He also dished out one assist, on a goal by Mason Poli that made it 5-0 in the first quarter. Earlier in the week, Massa went 13-of-23 and nabbed 11 ground balls in a 10-9 setback at the hands of Providence. He also notched three points with a goal and two assists in that game. For the week, he won 73 percent of his faceoffs taken and scooped up 30 ground balls while contributing four points on offense.