The Yale University men’s lacrosse team has vaulted to the No. 1 ranking in the nation for just the second time in program history following Sunday’s 14-6 win over then No. 2 Albany.
The Bulldogs (11-2, 5-0 Ivy), who have won 4 straight, got standout performances from several former tristate high school standouts.
Pitted against the nation’s leading FOGO, TD Ierlan (.840), Conor Mackie, a senior product of the Delbarton School (NJ), won three of the first five faceoffs, helping Yale jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Yale’s first goal was scored by junior midfielder John Daniggelis, the former Smithtown East (NY) star. Daniggelis finished with two goals and an assist. Mackie went 13 of 21 in the faceoff X for the game.
Yale’s dominance in the possession game included a 41-15 advantage on groundballs, with Mackie getting eight and Daniggelis four.
All-America senior attackman Ben Reeves, a product of Palmyra Macedona (NY), had three goals and an assist. Lucas Cotler, a Syosset (NY) product, and Salisbury School (CT) grad Matt Gaudet also had three goals.
Former Minisink Valley HS (NY) star Joey Sessa, a junior middie, former Garden City (NY) standout Jack Tigh, also a junior middie, and ex-Baldwin HS (NY) standout Tyler Warren, a senior middie, all are key contributors for the Bulldogs, along with defenseman Chris Fake, a product of the Hun School (NJ).
Yale ends the regular season with a high noon showdown against archrival Harvard on Saturday, April 28.
The last time Yale was ranked No. 1 in both major polls was the final week of March 2016, marking the first No. 1 ranking in program history and the first time an Ivy League program reached the top of the polls since Princeton in 2009.
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