Seniors Shine in Win over Brown
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Men's Lacrosse Team has qualified for every Ivy League Tournament, including the 10th next month in New York City. The No. 5 Bulldogs, the defending national champions, earned the post-season spot by registering a 17-12 win over Brown before 1,266 fans at Reese Stadium on Senior Day.
One of those 11 seniors playing his final home league game today was Hoyt Crance (6 saves), who came off the sideline with 3 minutes left in the second quarter and ignited the home squad. The Newport Beach, Calif., native, who had been serving as Jack Starr's backup the last two seasons, entered with Yale leading 9-8 and immediately made a save to help the Elis (8-2, 4-1 Ivy) through a sequence that may have been the difference in the game.
It began with that stop in the second quarter, which led to one of Jackson Morrill's 4 goals. Yale's face-off sensation TD Ierlan, who won 22 of 28 and had 16 ground balls along with a goal and an assist, won the ensuring battle and raced down the field before finding the net with 37.6 seconds left in the half to give the Blue a 3-goal cushion they never relinquished.
"Hoyt Crance on senior day saved us," said Yale Head Coach Andy Shay. "He responded for his team. He made two doorstep stops and snatched one off-stick high. He is one of our hardest workers and most vocal leaders and I couldn't be more happy for him."
One of those saves on the doorstep was most memorable. With the score 15-12 with just over 4 minutes left in the game, Ryan Aughavin had the ball on the edge of the crease with his hands free and fired a low shot that the Eli goalie stopped with his lower body. Not only did he make the save, he cushioned the shot so it would not bounce back to the Brown midfielder. Crance's teammates took over from there.
"I was just watching the ball and trying to make a move to save it," said Crance about the highlight stop. "I'm glad I could contribute today."
There were other great senior highlights today. Joseph Sessa notched 2 goals and 5 points, captain John Daniggelis enjoyed a 3-point afternoon and Thomas Duran scored his second career goal in the closing seconds of the contest.
Yale's 10-man ride and the defense got more productive in the second half, causing 5 failed clears and limiting the Bears (4-7, 2-2) to just 4 goals. Defenseman Aidan Hynes had a big day with 4 caused turnovers and 3 ground balls, while Chris Fake caused Brown to lose possession three times.
Matt Gaudet had another great day for the Bulldogs with 5 goals and 6 points. His first of the day gave Yale a 2-1 lead and was his 100th career tally.
The Bulldogs, who will be one of the four teams at Columbia for the May 3-5 Ivy League Tournament, are at Albany next Friday night before returning to Reese for a Tuesday night game with Quinnipiac.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org