Yale Wins Battle of Ranked Teams

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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.