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The No. 4 Yale men’s lacrosse team (7–2, 3–1 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth (4–6, 0–3) 23–6 as the Bulldogs continued their recent hot streak.

The Bulldogs are now in the midst of a four-game winning streak, with the team’s last loss coming nearly a month ago, on March 19 against Cornell. The win streak has seen the Bulldogs rocket up the national polls, as they currently sit at No. 4 in the Inside Lacrosse rankings.

The win also propels the Bulldogs into a tie for first place in the Ivy League, as both Yale and Princeton are 3–1 in Ivy League play. 

“Looking at it in the preseason you’re thinking this is gonna be really hard,” head coach Andy Shay said about the Bulldogs’ schedule. “And it feels even harder.”

The win over Dartmouth will likely prove to be the easiest Ivy League game of the season for Shay and his team, as the Big Green is the only team in the league with a losing record and also the only team not ranked in the top 20.

The Ivy League has proven to be one of the most competitive conferences in Division I lacrosse this year, with three teams, No. 3 Princeton, No. 4 Yale and No. 5 Cornell, being in the top five ranked teams in the country. Out of the three Ivy League teams in that bunch, the Bulldogs appear to have the easiest schedule as they’ve already played both Princeton and Cornell, while those two teams will meet each other on April 30.

The Bulldogs entered the game coming off of a record-breaking 22–15 win over Boston University on Tuesday, but proved that they had more in them come Saturday afternoon in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Yale started slow against Dartmouth, as the teams ended the first quarter knotted at two goals apiece. That quarter would prove to be the anomaly, as the Bulldogs ripped off eight straight goals in the second quarter before the Big Green responded late in the half to make it a 10–3 lead for the Bulldogs at halftime. 

The Bulldogs then carried over their dominance into the second half, continuing to light the team from Hannover up all day before the dust finally settled with a 23–6 blowout victory. 

The 23 goals against Dartmouth coupled with the big win over Boston University brought the team to 45 total goals on the week between the two games.

The game was a tremendous display of the Bulldogs’ ability to dominate an opponent at any position. The 23 goals scored by the offense were a season high, while the six allowed goals were also a season low.  

On the offensive end, 16 different Bulldogs scored and both Matt Brandau ’23 and Thomas Bragg ’23 posted hat tricks. For the defense, Bryce Demuth ’23 led the way with three caused turnovers while long stick midfielder Jack Stuzin ’24 scooped up six ground balls.

The Bulldogs also had four faceoff men combine to go 19-for-30 at the faceoff circle while Jared Paquette ’24 and Jack Starr ’22 combined for 11 saves in net.

The game was the 11th consecutive win for the Bulldogs over the Big Green and the first meeting between the two teams in more than three years. The last time the two teams faced off in 2019 saw another Bulldogs offensive onslaught in a 20–8 Yale victory.

“Last year we put up 27 against Brown, so it’s definitely possible with the system we run,” midfielder Lucas Cotler ’20 said to the News after that game. “Coach gives us the green light to shoot it, and so if we’re canning them, it’s going to be a high-scoring game.”

The focus for the Bulldogs now swings to the Brown Bears, which will mark the Elis third straight road game. 

While Yale comes into the game off of two straight blowout victories, No. 17 Brown will enter off of perhaps its biggest win of the season after defeating No. 11 Penn 12–10. 

“It was a great team win and I’m proud of the guys for grinding the past few weeks,” Brown head coach Mike Daly said to Brown Athletics of the win over Penn. “They earned it and played their tails off today. This was a 100 percent player-earned win and credit to our seniors for getting our team prepared for the game.”

The Bulldogs will look to carry their offensive momentum into Providence against a Brown team that has only kept one opponent under ten goals this season.

With his six point afternoon against Dartmouth, Brandau now ranks fourth in the nation in points-per-game with 5.89.

SPENCER KING