NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 6 Yale University men’s lacrosse team went scoreless over a 23:26 period, greatly contributing to a 14-7 lost to No. 9 Cornell in the Ivy League opener. The visitors were led with four goals each by Dan Lintner (Courtice, Ont.) and Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.).
Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.) led the Bulldogs, who suffered their first setback of the season on a rainy afternoon, with two goals and one assist. Michael Keasey (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Ben Reeves (Macedon, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist each.
During the Elis scoring drought, Cornell ran off six-straight goals to break open what was a tied contest.
The Bulldogs jumped to a quick lead, scoring twice in the first two minutes. Henry Guild (Sudbury, Mass.) opened the scoring 47 seconds into the Ivy League opener. It was the first collegiate goal for the sophomore. Reeves added to the lead while man-up at the 1:45 mark with Keasey having the helper.
Cornell broke the Yale run, scoring its first goal of the game with 9:08 left in the opening quarter. The unassisted goal was scored by John Hogan (Arnold, Md.).
The Big Red tied the game on a man-up goal scored by Lintner at the 7:29 mark.
Oberbeck proceed to score his team-leading 15th goal of the season with 2:21 left in the opening quarter. After the first 15 minutes, Yale held a 3-2 lead.
Cornell tied the game with 1:16 into the second quarter. Donovan one-timed a John Edmonds (East Setauket, N.Y.) toss past Yale goalie Eric Natale (Westminster, Md.). It was the team-leading 19th goal of the season by the senior.
Kason Tarbell (Akwesasne, N.Y.) gave the visitors their first lead of the game at the 3:55 mark. The freshman capitalized off of a juicy rebound.
Keasey fired a rocket past Cornell goalie Christian Knight (Baltimore, Md.) with 2:42 left in the first half, tying the game at four. The goal was unassisted.
Litner scored his second goal of the game with 1:08 left, giving the visitors a 5-4 lead. The senior took a Connor Buczek (Cincinnati, Ohio.) pass and deposited the white sphere past Natale off a pump fake.
At the half, Cornell held a seven – four lead in the X and was outshooting the hosts 20-13.
The Big Red added to their advantage in the second half, dominating the third quarter. The visitors outscored the Bulldogs 4-0 and held Yale to a mere three shots in the period.
Lintner opened second-half scoring with 7:14 left in the third quarter. Donovan assisted on the the senior’s hat trick goal. It was the second hat trick in as many games by Lintner.
Hogan added to the Big Red lead at the 8.44 mark. The senior’s second goal of the day was assisted by Buczek.
Donovan scored his 100th career goal with 4:58 remaining in the third quarter. The visitor’s eighth goal on the day was assisted by Hogan.
With 31 seconds left in the third, Donovan completed the hat trick. Edmonds assisted on the goal.
Entering the final period of the game, which was televised on FOX College Sports, Yale trailed 9-4.
The visitors continued their momentum in the final quarter. Less than minute in, the Big Red hit double digits for the fifth time this season on a goal by Buczek. Hogan assisted on Cornell’s sixth unanswered goal.
Yale finally broke the team’s 23:26 goal-less drought when Oberbeck scored with 9:16 left in the game. Reeves assisted on the senior’s second goal of the game.
Cornell responded with three goals in 2:23. Lintner tossed a ground ball past Natale with 8:10 left in the game, before Donovan scored 56 seconds later. Bradlee Lord (Devon, Pa.), who assisted on Donovan’s fourth goal, entered the goal column at the 8:33 mark. Donovan had the helper.
Yale scored two goals in 46 seconds, cutting the Cornell lead to six. Colin Flaherty (Eastport, N.Y.) scored unassisted with 4:37 left. Eric Scott (Basking Ridge, N.J.) had the final Bulldogs’ goal with 3:51 remaining. Oberbeck assisted on the strike, moving into a tie for ninth place with Brendan Gibson, ’10 on the career scoring list with 141 points.
Tarbell closed the scoring with his second goal of the game. Hogan had his third assist of the game with 1:52 left.
Natale (5-1) made 13 saves in the game, passing Bing Gordon, ’72 for 10th place on the career saves list. Next on the list is Craig Hornig, 80 with 354. Knight (4-2) stopped six Yale shots on the day.
Donovan topped the visitors with six points (four goals, two assists) and Hogan had five points (two goals, three assists).
Yale (5-1, 0-1 Ivy) has its first Ivy League road game of the season when it visits Princeton on March 21. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m..
Filed by Kyle Young, Yale Sports Publicity
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