NEILA Division I, Week 8

Yale On Top of NEILA For Fifth Straight Week

Fairfield, CT – The 16th ranked Yale Bulldogs have been voted to the top spot in the NEILA Coaches Poll for the fifth straight week. Yale was twice victorious this week, defeating Providence 13-6 on April 2nd and then taking down Ivy League and NEILA rival Dartmouth, 7-5. The Bulldogs were led by Ivy League Player fo the Week, Colin Flaherty, who scored the final three goals for Yale in their win over Dartmouth. Yale has now won three in a row.

The Brown Bears come back in the two spot despite losing to 14th ranked Penn on Saturday, 10-3. Brown has now lost 3 straight and sit at 1-2 in the Ivy League. Brown ranks first in the NEILA averaging 11.33 goals per game.

Harvard a climbs up a couple spots to number three despite losing a tight contest to Cornell, 14-12. Like Brown, the Crimsons have now lost three in a row and sit at 1-2 in the Ivy League.

Provience comes in at the fourth spot after an 0-2 week in which they lost 13-6 to Yale and then 13-8 to Notre Dame. The Friars had won two in a row before the two losses this week.

Fairfield climbs up a spot to fifth this week after a 13-7 loss to sixth ranked Loyola (MD). The Stags are now 2-2 in the ECAC.

The UMass Minutemen drop three spots to number six in this week’s poll after a 9-5 loss to Towson this past Saturday. UMass has struggled offensively this season, averaging just 8.36 goals per game which ranks outside the top 50 nationally.

The Bryant Bulldogs enter this week’s poll for the first time since February 26th. Bryant sits tied in the seven spot after beating Robert Morris 15-11 this past Saturday. Bryant was led by NEC Player of the Week, Colin Dunster, and NEC Rookie of the Week, Gunnar Waldt. Dunster scored a game high four goals while Waldt manned the net, making a career high 18 saves.

Holy Cross comes in tied with Bryant in the seventh spot. The Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 11-10 this past Saturday. Senior captain James Kennedy led the way, scoring four goals and notching a couple assists in the victory.

Coaches Poll

1. Yale
2. Brown
3. Harvard
4. Providence
5. Fairfield
6. UMass
7. Bryant
7. Holy Cross

Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA Player of the Week
Matt Gannon, Sacred Heart Junior Attack, Huntington, NY

Gannon had a single-game program record seven as- sists in the Pioneers’ 21-8 win over the Seahawks on Saturday. His seven points are a career-high, eclipsing the five he had at Mount St. Mary’s one week earlier. Gannon has 12 points in Sacred Heart’s first two con- ference games, both wins.