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Yale-Penn State in NCAA Semi at The Linc

Nina Lindberg image
Nina Lindberg image

2nd NCAA Meeting for Bulldogs-Nittany Lions




The defending national champions are back in the NCAA Semifinals this Saturday. The Bulldogs (14-3), the No. 5 seed, take on top-seeded Penn State (16-1), which is looking to avenge its only loss of the 2019 season. The "Northern" semifinal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia airs live on ESPN2 following the noon "Southern" semi of No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Virginia.



The Yale Athletics Ticket Office is selling all-session tickets for $110, which includes all 3 days (5 games) in the Yale section (123). All tickets for other sections are being sold through the NCAA. Parking passes are also being sold through the NCAA at: There will be $20 Yale Student Tickets (with ID) available for sale at the Xfinity Gate on Gameday. These would be in the end zone, not in the Yale section.



Yale and Penn State have played 4 times since a 1940 exhibition, box lacrosse meeting inside Payne Whitney Gym. The Elis have a 3-1 edge including an NCAA Tournament contest at State College in 2013.

Yale-Penn State Meetings
3/02/40, 12-9 PSU, Exhibition - Yale Gym

3/12/97, 11-6 PSU, @ Boca Raton, Fla.

3/11/03, 17-15 Yale, @ St. Andrews, Fla.

5/11/13, 10-7 Yale, @ State College (NCAA 1st Round)

2/20/19, 14-13 Yale, @New Haven



TD Ierlan won 25 of 31 face-offs and scored a goal to help No. 6 Yale get its first win of the year, a 14-13 decision against No. 2 Penn State on Feb. 20 at New Haven. Jackson Morrill had 2-5-7 and Matt Gaudet and Brendan Rooney each hit the net 3 times as the home team overcame a pair of early, two-goal deficits before seizing the momentum in the second quarter with a 4-goal surge. The Nittany Lions evened things at 7-7 in the third before the Bulldogs sandwiched a pair of 3-goal runs around one PSU tally to take a 13-8 lead early in the final frame. Penn State would not go away. The visitors scored 4 of the game's last 5 goals, including their 13th with 56 seconds left. The most important face-off was the 31st and final. Ierlan didn't take long to come out with the ball before his teammates ran out the rest of the clock.



Yale, which has scored 19 goals in each of its NCAA Tournament games this month, has won 8 of its last 9 games overall. The Elis have now won 6 consecutive national tourney games. There were 13 "ties" during Yale's quarterfinal win last Sunday, so it was only fitting that Jack Tigh (pronounced tie) scored the game-winner in OT, his team's first extra session victory since the 2017 Ivy Tourney semifinal against Penn.



PSU, winners of 13 straight and the top ranked team in Division I since week five, have blown out its two NCAA opponents this month.



contact: Steve Conn, Yale Athletics Communications -