Yale vs. Manhattan
April 15, 2007
The Game Story:
Twelve different Bulldogs hit the net, including three for freshman attacker Brendan Gibson, as the Yale men's lacrosse team walked on water in an 18-5 win over Manhattan during a torrential rain storm at Reese Stadium on Senior Day.

Gibson and Tyler Casertano (1-3-4), who increased his point streak to 24 games, were the only Elis to record four points in the non-conference win. Gibson, who tallied for the 24th time, closed to within two of the school record for goals in a season by a rookie. Michael Karwoski, Francis Johnson, Matt Fuchs and Jonathan Koenig each had two goals for Yale, which improved to 5-5 overall.

The Blue, which jumped out to a 6-0 lead and made it 10-3 by halftime, had the distinct advantage in shots (45-22), ground balls (48-30) and clears, while faceoffs were almost even.

George Carafides earned the win in net by making three saves in the first half. Joe Costa (3 svs, 1 GA) played the next 26 minutes and David Atlas (0, 1) covered the goal for nearly the last four minutes.

Brian Murray had three of the Jaspers' five goals while Shawn Gorinson won 14 of 27 faceoffs and had a game-high six ground balls. Manhattan (4-6) tallied consecutive goals just once to cut the deficit to 6-2 early in the second. Between the pipes, Michael Reynolds (2 saves, 10 GA) and John Gaegan (8, 10) split the game.

Despite the cold and wet conditions, the Bulldogs, who tied a season-high with 18 goals, held a brief ceremony before the game honoring the eight seniors: captain Chris Kempner (1-1-2 today), Russell Sprole, Will Sale, James Rump, Brian Belsky, Ben Fuchs, Tap Kolkin and Dave Levy.

"It was great to have everyone play today," said Yale head coach Andy Shay. "We executed well on offense and got a lot of ground balls. We told our guys to go out and have fun in the bad weather. We said if you worry about the conditions, you are going to struggle. It was just a good old fashion fun day in the rain. Our guys were fired up from the start."

The Blue hosts Dartmouth in the final home game of 2007 Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Reese Stadium.