Bulldogs Win "Big" at Michigan
Elis Clinch Post-Season Berth
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 11 Bulldogs increased their win streak to four games with a win at the Big House in the first-ever meeting between Yale and Michigan. The Elis broke open a 6-3 game with three straight goals in the third quarter on the way to a 13-7 win in Michigan Stadium.
Conrad Oberbeck had a career-high six goals and eight points, Jeff Cimbalista notched a career-best four goals and Brandon Mangan scored once and had five assists as Yale got 14 saves from Eric Natale to gain some added steam heading into its final week of regular-season play.
The Elis (8-3), who earned a spot in the Ivy League Tournament after today's results in the league, jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 6-1 before taking a three-goal lead into halftime. The visitors were spreading the wealth in the early going with the first three goals coming from three (Oberbeck, Mangan and Cimbalista) different players.
The sixth tally came after a great connection between Mangan and Oberbeck, a pair of Tewaaraton Award Watch List players. Mangan went around a defender on the left and switched from right shot to left before dishing across to Oberbeck, who was parked outside the crease on the right side. The pass put Oberbeck in perfect position for an easy open left side to shoot at.
That play typified how well Yale moved the ball against the Wolverine defense during a cool and sunny day in the famous 115,000-seat stadium modeled after the Yale Bowl.
The Bulldogs came out of intermission buzzing and put four on the board in the third, including Oberbeck's fifth which made it 10-4. The junior attackman, who leads the team with 29 goals and 39 points, was left open for a moment and quickly fired from 20 feet away to put the game out of Michigan's reach.
Four Yale players found the net on a day the Elis were outshot 40-32. However, the Bulldogs moved the ball very efficiently and set teammates up for high percentage shots. They obviously thrived on the game plan.
Colin Flaherty and J.W. McGovern were the other Bulldogs to tally goals. Eric Scott and Michael Keasey helped set up Flaherty's shot in the bottom left corner of the net to make it 11-4. Scott dodged in the right flat and then sent it quickly over to Keasey who moved it down to Flaherty.
McGovern got the game's last tally, his sixth of the year, with 1:33 remaining.
Cimbalista, a freshman, doubled his goal total for the season as his squad improved to 5-2 in road games.
The six-goal victory marked another fine showing by face-off man Dylan Levings. The Yale senior won 15 of 23 battles on the X and scooped up a team-high eight ground balls.
The Bulldogs are home on Tuesday night to face Quinnipiac before Harvard comes to Reese Stadium next Saturday for a 1:30 game that airs live on Fox College Sports.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director