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Offense Erupts For 16 First-Half Goals in Win Over Dartmouth

Game Recap: Men's Lacrosse | 4/8/2023 4:44:00 PM | Tim Bennett

Brandau scores six goals, Lyons adds five as Bulldogs win second straight

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was another big day for the offense, and the Yale men's lacrosse team completed a two-win week with a dominant 21-11 victory over Dartmouth on a mostly sunny spring afternoon at Reese Stadium.

Nine different Bulldogs scored, led by Matt Brandau who hit the back of the net six times. Chris Lyons added five goals and Leo Johnson contributed four.

"It was a good league win for us," said Andy Shay, the Forst Family Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "The ball spun fast, and we were very unselfish. We're working to keep getting better."

Yale, which beat Boston University 17-14 on Tuesday, scored 38 goals in the two games.

A dominant first half went a long way in securing Saturday's win over the Big Green (6-3, 1-2 Ivy). The Bulldogs outscored Dartmouth 8-3 in the first quarter and 8-2 in the second to build a 16-5 halftime lead.

Brad Sharp got Yale going when he scored less than a minute into the game. By midway through the first quarter, the Bulldogs had increased the margin to 5-1, and the five goals came from five different players – Sharp, Brandau, Lyons, Max Krevsky and Jack Stuzin.

The second quarter was more of a Leo Johnson show. He scored the first three goals of the period in a 1-minute span to give Yale a commanding 11-3 lead.

Brandau and Lyons added two goals in the period, while Machado Rodriguez scored after winning a face off.

Yale (5-4, 1-3 Ivy) dominated the face offs all afternoon. Nicholas Ramsey won 18-of-24, while Rodriguez won four.

William Sheehan's first career goal got the Bulldogs off and running in the second half. Eddie Qu scored Yale's 20th goal of the game, and Brandau capped the Yale scoring midway through the fourth quarter.

Fifteen of the Bulldogs' 21 goals were assisted. Johnson, a sophomore, had a team-high four and now has 98 points in his young career.

Brandau added three assists, while Thomas Bragg had two and Patrick Hackler, Carson Kuhl, Sean Kuttin, Jack Monfort, Sharp and Kyle Zawadzki all contributed one.

In addition to scoring his second goal of the season, Stuzin had four ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Jared Paquette made 10 saves in 49 minutes in goal. Miles Leniw (5 minutes) and Hugh Conrad (6 minutes) both stopped one shot.

The Bulldogs outshot Dartmouth 58-38 and had a 38-19 edge in ground balls. Yale was 4-of-8 on extra-man opportunities.

Quinn Moore scored five goals to pace the Big Green.

Yale plays its final home game of the regular season next Saturday vs. Brown. The opening face off is slated for noon, and the game will be televised on NESN and streamed on ESPN+.

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