MEN’S LACROSSE | First conference win comes in OT

Midfielder Dylan Levings ’14 won nine of 17 faceoffs and picked up five ground balls in Saturday’s 7–6 overtime win over Penn.
Midfielder Dylan Levings ’14 won nine of 17 faceoffs and picked up five ground balls in Saturday’s 7–6 overtime win over Penn. Photo by Blair Seideman .

Yale Athletics earned its second overtime victory this weekend when men’s lacrosse attackman Kirby Zdrill ’13 found the net just over two minutes into overtime.

On Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team (4–3, 1–2 Ivy) defeated the No. 13 Penn Quakers 7–6 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in its third conference game of the season. Despite Yale’s 40–27 shot advantage, the game was played very close with each team winning roughly half of the faceoffs (Yale with nine of 17 and Penn with eight of 17) and both competitors scoring on each of their man-up opportunities.

“Peter Johnson ’13, [Michael] McCormack ’13 and Jimmy Craft ’14 all played unbelievably, with the defense causing 21 turnovers,” long-stick midfielder Mike Quinn ’16 said. “Eric Natale ’15 had a great day between the pipes making some huge saves late in the game.”

Penn (5–3, 1–2 Ivy) jumped out to a quick lead, notching two goals and keeping the Bulldogs scoreless in the first quarter. But the Elis bounced back quickly. In the second quarter, Yale was able to net three goals to put them up 3–2 going into halftime.

The first two goals to even the score came when Yale was a man up.

Attackman Brandon Mangan ’14 scored first on an assist from fellow attackman John-William McGovern ’16. Just 46 seconds later, the Bulldogs evened the score at two when the man-up chemistry worked in the reverse direction with McGovern putting one past Penn goaltender Brian Feeney on a feed from Mangan.

The Elis were not done yet, as just 39 seconds later, midfielder Colin Flaherty ’15 found the net to put the Elis up 3–2. All three goals came in a fiery 1:25 span.

The rest of the game was more balanced, with Yale and Penn trading blow for blow and goal for goal. Zdrill finished the game when he ripped his only shot on net off of a feed from Mangan, who notched his second assist of the contest.

Mangan had an impressive four goals and two assists in the matchup, and was involved in all but one scoring opportunity with a total of 15 shots on goal. Flaherty’s unassisted goal was the only score he did not contribute to.

“[Coach Andy Shay] switched up our offensive scheme a little bit by putting Brandon [Mangan] in the midfield, and I think that we definitely benefited from it,” McCormack said. “Overall it was a great effort and nice to get a league win.”

After two straight away games, the Elis will head back home to take on Providence tomorrow at 7 p.m., and Dartmouth on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

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