Yale Bulldogs men's lacrosse

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Yale Bulldogs
Yale Logo.svg
Founded 1882; 135 years ago (1882)
University Yale University
Conference Ivy League
Location New Haven, Connecticut
Coach Andy Shay (since 2003)
Stadium Reese Stadium
(capacity: 3,000)
Nickname Bulldogs
Colors Yale Blue and White[1]
         
Pre-NCAA Era Champions
1883
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
1990
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1990, 1992, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances
(6) 1988, 1990, 1992, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament Champions
2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Conference Regular Season Champions
1956, 1969, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2010

The Yale Bulldogs men's lacrosse team represents Yale University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Yale competes as a member of the Ivy League and plays their home games at Reese Stadium in New Haven, Connecticut. The Bulldogs have captured the Ivy League championship five times. Yale is credited, alongside Harvard and Princeton, with the 1883 national championship.[2]

History[edit]

The first Yale lacrosse team was fielded in 1882 and joined the Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association the following year.[3] The 1978 varsity team, coached by Bob McHenry, backed by the strong defensive efforts of John "Sandy" MacMullen, Mike Burns and Captain Brad Gano, and fueled offensively by Andy Murr, Mike Cromwell, John Piazza, Courtney Whitney, Mike Corcoran, Kevin Connolly and Brian Matthews, among others, was one of Yale's most colorful and exciting teams to watch in action.

Their record suffered, however, as the hotly recruited center midfielder, Todd "Tedious" LaRoche ('78), high scorer for Roger Ludlowe's varsity lacrosse team in 1974, did not play beyond his freshman year at Yale. LaRoche was the only player in Ludlowe history to score three consecutive single-handed goals from the face-off.

Yale has made six appearances in the NCAA tournament since its establishment in 1971. Their first appearance was in 1988, when they were eliminated in double overtime by Virginia, 10–9. In 1990, Yale earned a first-round bye, and then defeated Princeton, 17–9, for their first NCAA tournament win. The Bulldogs fell in the semifinals to Loyola, 14–13 in double overtime. Yale returned to the NCAA tournament in 1992, advancing through the first round with a win against Navy, 9–3, before being eliminated by Syracuse, 17–8.[4]

Yale finished the 2010 season with a 10–4 record, but an Ivy League tournament semifinal loss to Princeton and a weak RPI kept them out of the NCAA field.[5] The team finished the season ranked 18th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I Media Poll.[6]

Annual Record Men's Lacrosse[edit]

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank RPI SOS Power Rating (1)
2015 11 4 .733 4th Ivy Title, NCAA 1st Round (2) 11 9 23 9
2014 9 5 .643 4th 16 15 18 13
2013 12 5 .620 1st Ivy Title, NCAA Quarterfinals (3) 11 8 5 7
2012 11 5 .720 2nd Ivy Title, NCAA 1st Round (4) 29 1 29
2011 10 4 .700 3rd 16 15 7 20
2010 10 4 .667 4th Ivy League Regular Season Title 28 16 30
2009 5 8 .367 5th 27 12 33
(1) Laxpower Power Rating
(2) Won Ivy League conference tournament over Princeton 11-10. Lost NCAA 1st round 8-7 against Maryland.
(3) Won Ivy League conference tournament. Lost NCAA 1st round 13-7 to Notre Dame.
(4) Won Ivy League conference tournament. Lost NCAA 1st round 13-7 to Notre Dame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yale University – Identity Guidelines". Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  2. ^ Yale Men's Lacrosse 2010 Quick Facts (PDF), Yale University, retrieved May 30, 2010.
  3. ^ David G. Pietramala, Bob Scott, Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, p. 243-244, Baltimore: JHU Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8018-8371-7.
  4. ^ Official 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Lacrosse Record Book (PDF), National Collegiate Athletic Association, retrieved May 30, 2010.
  5. ^ Geoff Shannon, Snubs and Surprises from Men's DI NCAA Tournament Field, Inside Lacrosse, May 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's DI Media Poll, ESPN, June 6, 2010.