Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/22/20
From Press Release
Two road games, two big victories for the No. 3 Yale Men’s Lacrosse Team. Today, the Bulldogs got scoring from nine different players, another strong day from faceoff man TD Ierlan and eight crucial saves from Brody Wilson (Dopwningtown East) in a 12-10 win over No. 1 Penn State before 2,478 at Panzer Stadium.
Yale, which opened last week with a win at Villanova, never trailed against the 3-1 Nittany Lions. The visitors enjoyed leads of 6-1, 7-3 and 10-7, though Penn State closed the gap on each of those and had numerous opportunities to even the score.
The two teams combined for 65 goals in a pair of games last spring, but didn’t do much scoring early in this one. In fact, there was just a pair of tallies over the first 14 minutes, looking very different than 2019. A combined 48 turnovers had a lot to do with the low goal total today, and the Yale defense deserves credit for Penn State coughing up the ball 25 times.
Yale’s defensde was led by Chris Fake (Hun School), who had a goal and a caused turnover and a groundball; amnd Bryce De Muth (Avon Grove), who had two groundballs.
Penn State dropped to 3-1, while Yale improved to 2-0. Virginia, the second-ranked team in the USILA Coaches Poll also lost Saturday, falling to Princeton, and Maryland, the fourth-ranked team, lost to Villanova on Tuesday.
Colby Kneese was outstanding for the second-straight week for Penn State, stopping 16 of the 28 shots he faced. He was out of the crease for one of those scores.
Grant Ament (Haverford School) finished with six points on one goal and five assists. He factored in on six of the team’s final seven goals. Mac O’Keefe, TJ Malone (Haverford School) and Jack Kelly all scored two goals for Penn State. Dylan Foulds, Jack Traynor (Malvern Prep) and Kevin Hill had one apiece. Traynor added one assist.
Yale had 23 turnovers, 11 of which were caused by Penn State players. O’Keefe and Nick Cardile (Avon Grove) each caused three turnovers, while Bobby Burns caused two.
Nine different Yale players scored in the win, led by Christin Cropp, Matt Brandau and Matt Gaudet with two apiece.