Comeback Falls Short, Yale Holds on, 12–10

What turned out to be the upset week in NCAA DI Men’s Lacrosse, Top Ranked Penn State (3–1)got bested by third-ranked, Yale (2-0) at Panzer Stadium on the campus of Penn State.

Following the trend that witnessed number four, Maryland defeated by Villanova, and number 2 Virginia upset by Princeton, Yale stakes their claim for the top spot.

TD Ierlan set the pace for Yale by winning his first eight faceoffs that helped the Bulldogs score 6 of the first 7 goals of the game to seize a 6-3 lead after the first quarter.

Jackson Morrill (1g,2a) got Yale on the board with an unassisted marker after just :28.

Mac OKeefe was held to only two goals but caused a turnover and converted it to get Penn State even three minutes later.

The Bulldogs took exception to the goal and snarled back with a tally from Chris’s Bragg (1g) that ended the first, 2-1.

Yale added a four-goal flurry thanks to Chris Fake (1g), Matt Brandau (2g), Matt Gaudet (2g) and Christian Cropp (2g) before O’Keefe calmed the waters with Jack Kelly (2g) the following suit to close the half with Yale up, 6-3.

Gaudet banged a man-up goal before Penn State took their turn with a run.

Grant Ament (1g, 5)took over with a goal and two assists started when he set up Dylan Foulds (1g) and TJ Malone (2g) before scoring one of his own to make it 7-6.

Logan Soelberg (1g,1a) ended the third with the home squad staring at an 8-6 deficit.

Ament hit Jack Traynor to cut it to 8-7 but Sean Kuttin (1g) and Cropp had an answer.

Once again, Ament was busy and this time fed Kevin Hill (1g) to bring the Lions within two at 10-8.

Lucas Cotler (1g) and Brandau seemingly put it out of reach but, the Lions were not going away.

Malone at 1:36 and Ament feeding Jack Kelly with just :37 gave PSU a glimmer of hope… no matter how small.

Brody Wilson stood tall in the Bulldogs net and Yale was able to wind it out.

Dis and Dat: Ament became the Big 10 All-Time Scoring leader with his 270 points. He shattered the old record of 267 set by Terry Riordan of Johns Hopkins (1992-95).

Shots on Goal revealed Penn State with a slight edge, 47-42.

Loose balls went in Yale’s favor, 42-29.

TD Ierlan took the face-off battle, 16 of 26. Despite his slow start, Gerald Arceri was able to wrest 8 of 15 in the second half.

Colby Kneese stopped 16 of 28 shots he faced in the Lions net.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.