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Brandau, Gaudet Lead Yale Past Cornell

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Ierlan Wins 24 of 30 on X in 16-11 Win


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – First-year attackman Matt Brandau entered today's Ivy League opener against No. 3/4 Cornell with 5 goals in his young collegiate career. The Under Armour All-American at Boys' Latin School of Maryland put 6 on the Reese Stadium scoreboard to help No. 3/4 Yale win its fourth straight game, 16-11.

The rookie, along with junior attackman Matt Gaudet (5 goals), combined for 11 of the 16 goals, while Yale junior TD Ierlan won 24 face-offs and scooped up 17 ground balls to ignite the offense.

Brandau and Gaudet didn't have the ball on their sticks for long, but they released shots from all angles and sides at every part of the net to help the Elis grab an early lead they never relinquished.

The home team jumped out to a 3-0 lead with Ierlan creating possessions and Jack Starr making quality saves. Yale's sophomore goalie had four early stops (12 overall) that fueled a transition game. He allowed his squad to then turn a 4-3 lead into a 7-3 advantage before cruising to the win.

Brandau, who found the net twice in both the second and third quarters while adding a pair of assists for a game-high 8 points, scored from many places on the field while setting up most of his shots. His most impressive play of the day may have been the second quarter ground ball he scooped from his knees five feet from the crease. In one motion, Brandau won the ball off the turf in traffic and flicked it past the Cornell goalie, who happened to be Ierlan's brother, Chayse.

"It's just the way it worked today," said Brandau of his career-high outing. "The ball bounced my way a lot and our offense did a lot of little things right. I ended up being the beneficiary of a lot of good work offensively."

Jackson Morrill and Brian Tevlin each contributed 2 goals and 2 assists, while captain John Daniggelis had the other tally to help Yale avenge a loss in the 2018 Ivy League Tournament Championship Game against Cornell, which was coming off a win over No. 1 Towson last week in North Carolina.

Irelan, whose second-most prolific day as a new Bulldog made so much of this possible, was quick to credit his teammates. "Our sideline energy was unreal today," he said. "It's so important and motivating to hear how crazy and loud they get."

The nation's premier FOGO was also impressed with Yale's shooting ability against a goalie very familiar to him. "Today was the best we've ever shot [this season], unfortunately it was on my brother," said Irelan, who had a pair of 8-win streaks today. "Everything was working for us."


Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Sports