Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.
The #11 Yale Bulldogs (4-2, 1-1 Ivy) and the #3 Princeton Tigers (6-2, 1-1 Ivy) met up at Reese Stadium in New Haven, CT.
Yale pulled off a 14-12 victory that figures to have the rankings reshuffled.
Let’s Get Started
Princeton jumped out to a quick 2-0.lead on goals from, Jake Stevens (2g) with help from George Baughn (1a) at 14:31 followed by, Alex Slusher (2g) hitting his 22nd at 10:46.
Undaunted, Yale fired back with tallies from, Chris Lyons (3g) converting a pretty Jack Montfort (1a) feed at 9:19 with Brad Sharp (1g,1a) getting it even at 2-2 with 7:49 to play.
Princeton once again put up a pair of goals. The first from Coulter Mackesy (2g, 1a) and, with 1:28 on the clock, Alexander Verdaro (4g,2a) potting a Mackesy feed to end the first with a 4-2 Tigers lead.
To the Second
The second would also yield a half dozen markers and was dominated by the Bulldogs.
Carson Kuhl (2g), a pair from Leo Johnson (2g), the first at 11:49 and his second at 6:03.
Matt Brandau (5g,3a) followed the Johnson lead with scores at 3:59 and 3:00 which gave Yale a 7-4 advantage.
Vardaro (10) ended the uprising and the half with Yale settling in, 7-5.
On to the Third
Things started to open up. The third featured a total of nine combined goals.
At the 13:52 mark Chris Brown (2g) made it a one goal affair.
With that, a goal exchange took place.
Brandau (18th) on a man down for Yale followed with Vardaro assisting on Mackesy’s 9th kept it a one goal contest.
Chris Lyons put Yale up two but, Brown hit for his second of the quarter followed by Vardaro and Jake Stevens to give the Tigers a three goal rally and a 10-9 edge.
Brandau at 1:39 and Lyons hitting his 6th at :19 ended the stamza with the Bulldogs holding the 11-10 advantage.
Who Wants It?
Vardaro evened the score with his 12th at 11:06.
Brandau and Johnny Keib (1g) put Yale in the driver’s seat with 6:42 remaining.
It took thirty nine ticks for Alex Slusher to convert on his 23rd to make it a 13-12 Yale lead with 6:03 to play
Withstanding the Princeton pressure, Carson Kuehl would offset it with 2:28 to play.
No further damage could be done and Yale had a 14-12 victory.
• Shots went the way of Yale, 54-52 with Princeton having more on net, 31-27.
• Turnovers revealed 23 for the Tigers and 17 for the Bulldogs
• Princeton had the edge on Ground Balls, 44-31 as well as Face Offs, 18-10. Tryler Sandoval went 18 for 28 from the dot for the Tigers.
• Jared Plaquette made 19 saves in the Yale nets with Princeton’s Erik Peters stopping 13.
Yale Wins Battle of Ranked Teams.
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.