No. 20 Yale Nips No. 19 Bryant in Third Straight Overtime Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. One men's lacrosse winning streak had to end today and it turned out to be the biggest one. No. 20 Yale ended No. 19 Bryant's string at 10 when Matt Gibson scored with 1.7 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Elis an 11-10 win and a sixth straight victory before 1,275 at Reese Stadium.

Yale's two-time All-America pick was kept off the scoreboard through five periods of thrilling action, though he did make two great passes to set up scores. Gibson, who had three points, moved around the net, spun and fired through Jameson Love's legs just before time expired on the new stadium scoreboard clock. The goal gave Yale a third straight OT win.

The game-winner was set up by Peter Johnson's great defensive play after Bryant had held the ball for the first three minutes of the second OT. Johnson got the ball away from an attackman and sent it up the field before the home team called time out. Gibson ended up with the ball and, after making a few moves, looked up to see there were 10 seconds left.

Eight different Elis found the net including Greg Mahony, who led the Blue (8-4) with three tallies, and Deron Dempster (2).

The Yale offense has one player to thank for the opportunity to spread the wealth tonight, sophomore face-off specialist Dylan Levings, fifth in the nation with a .641 mark. He was going up against No. 4 Kevin Massa and the true battle of bulldogs (both players took every face-off) went to Levings with 16 wins in 25 attempts, including nine straight.

Bryant (11-3), also nicknamed the Bulldogs, scored three straight goals over the last two and a half minutes to send the game into extra play. Mason Poli took the ball away from a Yale player in the home end, raced the length of the field, while almost falling twice, and then scored with 20.6 seconds left in regulation.

Yale sophomore goalie Jack Meyer faced 40 shots and made 13 saves, the exact total for the Bryant netminder, who saw 41 attempts.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. Junior Mason Poli (Downingtown, Pa.) netted his second hat trick of the season, including the game-tying goal with 20.6 seconds left in regulation, and #19 Bryant controlled the pace of both overtime sessions, but Yale's Matt Gibson would get the winner with four seconds remaining in double-overtime for an 11-10 win at Reese Stadium Friday night.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (11-3), as the teams combined for 81 shots in the contest. The 20th-ranked Elis (8-4) saw Bryant limit Gibson, the hosts' leading scorer on the year, through nearly the entire game, but the senior would finally break through in Yale's 12th overtime session of 2012.

"That second half was wild," said Bryant head coach Mike Pressler. "The first half was just a defensive battle a 3-2 score at halftime and then we score eight and they get seven in the second half. It was two different games."

The game almost never went to extra frames, though, as Bryant found itself trailing by three, 10-7, with just 5:05 to play in the fourth quarter after a Greg Mahony empty-net goal with Bulldog netminder Jameson Love (Darien, Conn.) doubling down out on defense.

But the Bulldogs quieted the home sideline in a big way as the minutes ticked off in the final frame, scoring a goal with 2:32 left in regulation an Alex Zomerfeld (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) goal from linemate Max Weisenberg (Long Beach, N.Y.) to kick off three-straight tallies that would bring the score back to even at 10-10 and mark the fifth tie of the game.

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