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Yale Takes Down No. 1 Denver 15-13

Seven Bulldogs score at least two goals in statement victory

Game Recap: Men's Lacrosse 3/10/2024 - Tim Bennett

DENVER, Colo. – The Yale men's lacrosse team seems ready for the start of Ivy League play. In its final game before next Saturday's Ivy opener against Harvard, the Bulldogs got two goals or more from seven different players en route to a 15-13 victory over No. 1 Denver in front of 3,037 stunned fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

It was a tight game throughout. Yale led 7-6 at halftime and 12-10 at the end of the third quarter. The Pioneers only lead of the second half was 10-9 with 6:28 left in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 overall, while Denver (5-1) suffered its first loss.


David Anderson scored three goals to lead Yale. Matt Brandau, Patrick Hackler, Max Krevsky, Carson Kuhl, Johnny Keib and Peter Moynihan each added two goals. Brandau had a team-high three assists.


After Denver took its 10-9 lead, the Bulldogs answered with the next four goals. Moynihan, Krevsky, Brandau and Keib scored during the run. Krevsky and Brandau's goals came five seconds apart after Machado Rodriguez won a key faceoff. The Pioneers rallied to tie the score at 13-13, but Brandau's second goal of the afternoon broke the tie with 10:25 left, and Kuhl added another goal a little over a minute later. There were no goals over the final 9:06.


Yale won 19-of-32 faceoffs. Rodriguez won 14-of-21 and Nicholas Ramsey won 5-of-11.


Anderson's assist on Brandau's goal that put Yale ahead 14-13 was SportsCenter top-10 worthy. Anderson went behind-the-back to feed Brandau, who was alone at the side of the net.


In addition to playing a mile above sea level, the Bulldogs had to deal with illness that went through the team earlier in the week. Yale also is missing several players who are out with injuries.


"I'm just proud of my guys for playing hard through some adversity, once again," said Shay, the Forst Family Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Xander Martin goes down in the warmups, and we have a bunch of issues all week, and they just all stepped up. It was impressive."


Jared Paquette made 11 saves to post the victory in goal.

• Yale outshot the Pioneers 57-43 and had a 28-17 edge in ground balls.

• The Bulldogs have won all four meetings with Denver.

• The crowd of 3,037 was the second-highest mark in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium history.

• Denver's loss as the nation's No. 1 team makes this the third-consecutive week the top team in the country has lost. 

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