No. 13 Yale Bolts to 7-1 Lead, Hangs on to Top Quinnipiac

NEW HAVEN, Conn. After jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter, the No. 13 Yale lacrosse team had to hold on for a 14-11 win over Quinnipiac at Reese Stadium.

Registering their fifth straight victory looked easy in the early going. The Bulldogs (9-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes as Dylan Levings dominated the X and Conrad Oberbeck got two of his three goals.

One of Oberbeck's tallies was a highlight special. With the Blue up 4-1, he jumped to take a pass from Brandon Mangan and managed to fire the ball into the upper left corner of the net before landing.

Mangan also had three goals and a team-high six points on a night eight different Elis found the net. The other multiple-goal scorers were Jeff Cimbalista (6 goals in last 2 games) and Harry Kucharczyk, who scored his first two of the year on a pair of near-full field runs.

The home team had a huge advantage in shots (45-24), a better (18-11) night than its opponent on face-offs and both sides had 32 ground balls.

The Bobcats (5-8) had a pair of three-goal strings that allowed them to pull within one in the third and two in the fourth. Yale midfielder Michael Keasey dashed the visitor's hopes for pulling even after the first run. Mangan, who notched two of his three goals down the stretch to put the game away, answered the last Quinnipiac surge.

Yale, which hosts Harvard at 1:30 on Saturday, has a chance to end the regular season with a six-game win streak and a fifth straight 10-win campaign.

2014-04-22



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