Bryant Comeback Falls Short; Bulldogs Fall to No. 12 Yale

Waldt and junior faceoff specialist Kevin Massa (Huntington, N.Y.) were both standouts once again for the Black and Gold, who needed strong performances at both positions to remaining within striking distance throughout the affair. Waldt would finish the day with 15 saves, while Massa went 14 of 21 from the X with a game-best seven ground balls.

"The two performances we had to have to beat Yale was Gunnar in the cage and Kevin Massa at the faceoff X," said Pressler. "We rely on Gunnar to make a lot of saves, and Gunnar had another quality game in the goal. And Kevin was outstanding as well, winning the battle against Dylan Levings today.

"We needed those two players, in particular, to play very well, and they did," he added. "That had a lot to do with us making it a one-goal game."

On the afternoon, Yale outshot Bryant, 55-29, and edged out its host in the ground ball game, 35-33. The Bulldogs went just 11 for 16 on the clear, forcing the Elis to fail just once (17-18), as Saturday's visitors limited their giveaways to just nine compared to 19 from the home roster. Bryant also took six penalties on the day, though the Black and Gold defense blanked Yale in all six man-advantage tries.

"For us it's about continuing to find ways to get scoring from other people," said Pressler. "We put so much pressure on our lead guys, we just have to develop some other options on offense."

Scoring diversity is something the Bulldogs will need sooner than later, too, as Bryant moves past the loss and looks onward to yet another nationally ranked opponent in No. 15/16 Drexel next Saturday (March 8) at home. The Dragons topped fellow Northeast Conference member Robert Morris, 18-12, Saturday.

"It is fortunate for us that that is a home game," said Pressler. "Drexel is an outstanding offensive team from what I've seen. Every year we've played them has been a pretty close game. It'll be a very, very similar game to ours against both Bucknell and Yale as we take on certainly one of the best college lacrosse teams in the country once again."

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2014-03-01



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