Reeves Begins Year with 7 Points
FRISCO, Texas – The No. 5 ranked Yale men's lacrosse team opened the 2018 season with a thriller at the Patriot Cup, but an OT goal by Villanova's Danny Seibel sent the Bulldogs home with a 10-9 loss despite a seven-point outing by captain Ben Reeves.
Yale, which had 8-6 and 9-7 leads in the second half, gave up the last three tallies of the day at the Ford Center against a team that had already notched a 17-16 win over Penn State a week earlier.
The Bulldogs, who got four goals and three assists from their All-American attackman, overcame multiple first-half deficits to lead for most of the last half. They just could not put the Wildcats away.
Senior defenseman Christopher Keating was the most active of the Elis in their own end. He had a game-high nine ground balls and a team-best three caused turnovers. His efforts nearly enabled a freshman goalie (Jack Starr, 8 saves) to notch a victory in his first start.
The Blue got on the scoreboard first after a caused turnover by midfielder Tyler Warner in the Yale end. Keating scooped the ball and sent it up to Brendan Mackie, who found Reeves in the right flat. The senior attackman turned, created some space with the defender and then went top shelf on Villanova goalie Nick Testa (11 saves).
The Wildcats, ranked No. 15, followed with a four-goal run that ended when Eli sophomore Jackson Morrill converted a Lucas Cotler feed at 11:20 of the second to make it 4-2. Jack Tigh (2 goals) then launched a rocket from 20 feet away to bring the Bulldogs to within a goal.
Villanova took a 5-4 lead into the half, but the Bulldogs scored three straight in the third to take control of the game. It never seemed out of reach, and the 2-0 team from Philadelphia kept it close by winning some key faceoffs and coming up with huge saves.
When the Wildcats ran off two straight goals over the last five minutes of regulation, the Elis still had a chance to grab the contest. With time running out, Reeves sent a pass to the edge of the crease for Matt Gaudet, who fired a shot a few inches wide of the cage.
Both teams had a possession in the OT before Villanova ended it with 20 seconds left.
Yale gets a chance to rebound from the opener by hosting Michigan next Saturday at noon at Reese Stadium.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director