Yale Lacrosse Making Noise In NCAA Tournament

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The Yale men’s lacrosse team won their first game NCAA tournament game in 21 years and is hoping for a few more wins to finish out the season.

Here’s the release from Yale on their upcoming game against No. 1 Syracuse. Read more at www.yalebulldogs.com.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s lacrosse team (12-4), which captured its first NCAA Tournament win since 1992 on Saturday at Penn State, takes on No. 1 seed Syracuse (14-3) at 3 p.m. this Saturday on Capital One Field in Byrd Stadium at College Park, Md. This national quarterfinal can be seen on ESPN2. The Bulldogs, playing in the NCAA Tournament for a school-record second straight spring, are coming off a 10-7 win at No. 8 seed Penn State. The Orangemen advanced to the second round by beating Bryant at the Carrier Dome, 12-7, on Sunday night.


Yale and Syracuse last met 13 years ago at Boca Raton, Fla., an 18-6 Orange win on March 11, 2000. The neutral site game was one of four in the Sunshine State for the two teams when the Elis used to make early season trips to the south. Syracuse leads the overall series 18-4. The Bulldogs last win was 11-9 in 1963 at New Haven. This is the second NCAA Tournament meeting for the two; The Orange won 17-8 on May 16, 1992, at Syracuse.


The other NCAA Quarterfinal at Byrd Stadium pits Cornell against Ohio State at 12:30 on Saturday, but the winner of the Yale-Syracuse game does not face the team advancing from the first contest. The winner of the Denver (No. 4)-North Carolina (5) game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., takes on the Yale-Syracuse survivor at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 25 at either 2:30 or 5 p.m. in a national semifinal. The Bulldogs and Big Red are the only non-seeded teams remaining in the field.


The team departs from New Haven by bus at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The Bulldogs have a 12:50 to 1:50 practice at Byrd Stadium on Friday. Saturday’s opening face-off against Syracuse is scheduled for 3:00, but that is the earliest it can start. The Ohio State-Cornell game could push the start time back, but the Yale contest can’t start until 30 minutes after the opener has concluded.

  • reach its first national semifinal since 1990…
  • be the 13th win this season, the most since the 1990 team had 16…
  • play a school-record three NCAA Tournament games this spring…
  • tie a season-best mark of five straight wins this spring


Yale overcame a 5-1 halftime deficit by scoring nine of the game’s next 10 goals on the way to an impressive 10-7 win at Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The final stats were balanced other than the Nittany Lions taking 13 of the 20 face-offs, but the Elis never lost confidence and went on a historic offensive run. Colin Flaherty led the way with three goals while Conrad Oberbeck hit the net twice and had three points. Eric Natale stopped 10 shots overall after allowing just two goals in the last 30 minutes.

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