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School-Record 13-Point Night from Brandau Leads Yale to Win Over Colgate

Game Recap: Men's Lacrosse | 2/21/2024 -Tim Bennett

ALBANY, N.Y. – Ten minutes into its game with Colgate on Wednesday, the Yale men's lacrosse team found itself trailing 4-1. It seemed the Bulldogs would be in for a tough fight with a Raiders team that already had a victory over Penn State on its resume. The dynamics changed in a hurry. Yale scored the next nine goals over a 12-minute stretch and never looked back in a dominant 21-11 victory in a game that was played at a neutral site at the University at Albany.

The Bulldogs (2-0) led 13-6 at halftime and 18-7 after three quarters.

Colgate is now 3-2 on the season.


Matt Brandau set a school record with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists). Jason O'Neill held the previous mark when he tallied 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) against Adelphi in 1990. Ten of Brandau's points came in the first half, and he then scored the first two goals of the third quarter. The record-breaking point came on an assist on a Max Krevsky goal with 3:01 left in the third. With the Bulldogs comfortably in front, Brandau's services weren't needed much the remainder of the way.


David Anderson (4 goals), Carson Kuhl (3) and Krevsky (3) also had big offensive nights. Patrick Hackler added two assists, while Thomas Bragg and Kuhl each had one. Goalie Jared Paquette played the first 52 minutes and finished with 14 saves.


The Bulldogs won 23 of 36 faceoffs. Machado Rodriguez won 9 of 15 and Nicholas Ramsey won 11 of 16.


"I'm happy for Matt. He is an unselfish leader who deserves every mention in the Yale record book," said Andy Shay, The Forst Family Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "I'm impressed with our guys and how they prepared on a short week."


• Brandau fell three points shy of the NCAA Division I record held by Air Force's Bill Woolford, who had 16 against Colorado State in 1975. Brandau was one shy of the Ivy League record set by Princeton's Michael Sowers, who had 14 points against Colgate in 2019.

Nicolas Boudreau scored Yale's final goal of the evening with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was his first career goal.

• Defender Patrick Pisano, who was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, had another strong game, finishing with 10 ground balls and three caused turnovers.

• Yale scored 20 or more goals in a game three times last season – in the season-opening win over Villanova, in a home victory over Dartmouth and against Cornell in the semifinals of the Ivy League Tournament.

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