Game Recap: Men's Lacrosse | 4/21/2023 10:33:00 PM | Tim Bennett
Johnson, Lyons score five goals apiece as Yale ends non-Ivy play with victory
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Yale men's lacrosse team sure looked close to peak form in its final non-conference game of the season. Sophomores Leo Johnson and Chris Lyons both scored five goals, and the Bulldogs' defense was strong in an impressive 14-6 victory before 2,278 mostly disappointed fans at Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. Yale (7-4) has won four straight games. "I'm proud of our guys for grinding out a win against a tough rival," said Andy Shay, The Forst Family Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "It's always a physical game with Albany. Both teams play hard, and we have a lot of respect for their brand of lacrosse." It was a milestone night for Lyons, who also had an assist. His fifth goal of the night, which came in the fourth quarter, was the 100th point of his young career. In two seasons, he has scored 82 goals and added 18 assists. Matt Brandau and Thomas Bragg both scored two goals and added one assist. Goalie Jared Paquette made 13 of his 16 saves in the first half to earn the victory. Jake Cohen contributed three caused turnovers, while Jack Stuzin had two. The Bulldogs finished with a 41-34 edge in ground balls. Yale scored the first two goals of the game and never relinquished the lead. Back-to-back goals from Johnson, the second with the Bulldogs a man up, had Yale in front 4-1 late in the first quarter. The Great Danes closed to within 5-3 by halftime, but the Bulldogs answered with a strong third quarter. Three goals from Johnson and two from Lyons helped Yale outscore UAlbany 5-2 in the period. The Bulldogs then scored the first three goals of the fourth to seal the victory. Silas Richmond had two goals to lead the Great Danes, who were held to six goals for just the second time this season. Next up for Yale is the Ivy League finale next Saturday at Harvard. The opening faceoff is set for noon in Cambridge.