Yale vs. Brown
April 8, 2006
The Game Story:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Midfielder Tyler Casertano had a career day with six assists and a goal as the Yale men's lacrosse team ended its five-game Ivy League losing streak, beating Brown 14-8 at Johnson Field in New Haven. The game was played in a storm that included pouring rain, hail, sleet and snow at various times.

Kyle Washabaugh scored four goals, Christopher Kempner added three goals and two assists and Colin Neville notched two goals for the Bulldogs in the team's second-highest scoring game of the season. Goalkeeper George Carafides had 12 saves on 35 Brown shots while Brown used three goalkeepers against the Bulldogs. Nick Gentilesco played the most minutes, allowing 13 goals and earning nine saves.

David Madeira led Brown with four goals and Taylor Gaffney added two for the Bears. Five different Brown players also had assists on the day.

Yale held a 32-19 edge in ground balls and a 19-7 edge in face-offs for the game, though Brown outshot the Bulldogs 35-34. Yale midfielder Daniel Kallaugher had another successful day on face-offs, winning 15 of 21 and also picking up eight ground balls. Midfielder Daniel Brillman extended his point-scoring streak to 41 games with a third-quarter goal.

Yale came out sharp in the first quarter, winning six of seven face-offs and grabbing an early 2-0 lead with goals by Neville and Kempner. Though Brown went on to score three goals in the first half, Yale responded to each Brown goal with a goal of its own, making the game 5-3 with 10 minutes remaining in the second period. Kempner's shot ricocheted off a Brown defender for Yale's sixth goal with 9:24 left in the second, and Yale extended the lead to 7-3 at halftime with Washabaugh's second goal.

Brown was not able to reduce the four-goal deficit in a second half that had a share of highlight-reel goals for Yale, including two fast-break goals scored off face-off wins. Kallaugher scored six seconds after a Brown goal to make the score 9-4 in the third period by streaking straight for the goal, catching the Bears defenders off guard while they tried to cover his passing lanes. On a similar fast break in the fourth quarter, Kallaugher gave the ball away to Casertano, who passed to an open Michael Karwoski, who beat Gentilesco and gave Yale a commanding 12-5 lead.

According to Casertano, he was able to have so many assists on the day due to the fast pace of Brown slides on defense. "There were many adjacent slides by the defense that gave me a chance to find the open man, and our attackmen were able to finish their shots all game long," he said.

With the win, Yale goes to 5-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Ivy League. Coming into the game, Yale had lost its previous five Ivy League games, last beating Brown 12-11 in Providence in April 2005. Brown had a 2-5 record in its non-conference games this season and now moves to 2-6 with an 0-1 Ivy record. The Bears ending their season with games against five consecutive Ivy opponents.

Yale next will travel to Albany on Thursday March 13 and will not play again after that until Wednesday March 19, when it returns to Ivy play at Dartmouth.