Fairfield, CT – The 12th ranked Yale Bulldogs have been voted to the top spot in the NEILA Coaches Poll for the sixth straight week. Yale defeated Ivy League rival Brown, 10-8 on Friday, to extend their win- ning streak to four games. Junior attackman Brandon Mangan tallied two assists and scored three goals, including the game-winner, in the Yale victory.
The Providence Friars climb a couple spots this week into the number two after defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders, 12-11, on Saturday. Freshman Brendon McGuire scored three goals in the close victory over their NEILA rival. Number two in the poll is the highest the Friars have been all season.
Fairfield also climbs up a couple spots to the three slot after a 1-0 week. The Stags defeated conference foe Air Force on Saturday in a close 9-8 battle. Junior attack Jordan Greenfield scored his fourth goal of the game with just 33 seconds left in regulation to secure the conference victory for the Stags.
Harvard drops a spot this week into number four despite winning both games they played last week. The Crimsons scored 18 goals to easily dispatch the Quinni- piac Bobcats, 18-8, on April 9th and then beat the Penn Quakers, 8-7, in overtime on Saturday. Harvard goalie Harry Krieger posted a .718 save percentage with a 5.50 goals against average in the two wins.
The Brown Bears dropped three spots into the fifth spot this week after losing to NEILA top dog Yale, 11-8 on Friday. Brown now sits at 1-3 in the Ivy League.
UMass comes in at number six for the second consecutive week after losing a 15-14 shoot-out to 17th ranked Drexel on Saturday. The Minutemen have now lost three in a row and seven out of their last nine.
The Bryant Bulldogs sit in the sixth spot as well, tied with Umass. Bryant went 2-0 this week, defeating Holy Cross, 10-6 on April 9th and then beating NEC rival Wagner, 15-6 on Saturday. The Bulldogs now sit at 3-0 in the Northeast Conference and look to host the conference tournament next weekend.
Dartmouth jumps into the eighth spot this week, their first appearance in the poll since the first week of the season. Dartmouth was recognized for their impressive 10-9 win over tenth ranked Princeton on Sat- urday. Junior attackman Mike Olentine led the way for the Big Green, netting his second career hat trick in the comeback victory.
1. #12 Yale
Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA Player of the Week
Jordan Greenfield, Fairfield, Junior Attack, 5-10/170, Dover, Mass.
Greenfield led the Stags with four goals, includ- ing the game-winner with 33 seconds remaining, in their 9-8 win over Air Force on Saturday. Greenfield was the only Fairfield player to score more than once in the game and leads the Stags with 27 goals and 34 total points this season.