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Bulldogs Edge Villanova in Snowy Season Opener

Game Recap: Men's Lacrosse | 2/17/2024 9:01:00 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was an eventful day at Reese Stadium as the Yale men's lacrosse team welcomed Villanova to New Haven for a snowy season opener. The Bulldogs took down the Wildcats in a thrilling 13-11 win.

How It Happened

  • After a high-scoring first quarter, the Bulldogs pulled out of the first frame with a two-goal lead behind contributions from five different goal scorers.

  • The second quarter saw David Anderson and Matt Brandau heat up. The pair were involved in four of the Bulldogs' five goals.

  • Villanova started to find an offensive groove after the intermission, outscoring the Bulldogs 4-1 in the third quarter.

  • The game was tied at 11-11 when Carson Kuhl played the hero late in the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals to secure the home victory for Yale.


  • Brandau moved into second all-time in career assists surpassing Jackson Morrill (2017-2020).

  • Brandau led all players with six points (two goals, four assists).

  • In his first collegiate start, Anderson netted a hat trick.

  • Patrick Pisano, who had five ground balls and four caused turnovers on Saturday, was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Pisano, a sophomore, made his first career start in the game.

  • Machado Rodriguez won 14-of-26 faceoffs against the Wildcats.

  • Jared Paquette finished with 11 saves to earn the victory in goal.

  • Villanova never led during the course of the game.

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