Yale vs. Massachusetts
April 17, 2004
The Game Story:
New Haven, CT - Ned Britt's goal with 1:38 left in the second overtime gave the Yale men's lacrosse team a 9-8 win over No. 19 Massachusetts before 1,206 at the Yale Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.

Britt hit the net for the third time when he raced in from the sideline and headed for the UMass goal before Dan Brillman (2-2-4), who was standing behind the net, hit his teammate in stride. Britt (3-1-4) took four steps and then fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net, just past the outstretched stick of Minutemen goalie Bill Schell (8 saves).

"I could not believe they [UMass] did not have anyone on me," said Britt during the post-game celebration. "I ran as fast as I could and hoped Brillman would see me."

Yale (5-5), which snapped a five-game skid, was able to register the upset because of the amazing goaltending performance by freshman Jordan Ellis. It was not just the fact that he made 15 saves. Ellis made seven of those stops in the fourth frame before halting four shots in the extra sessions.

The Blue, outshot 44-25, overcame a 2-1 deficit with three straight goals, which was made possible by Ryan Capilupi, who won six straight faceoffs and finished 14-of-22 on the day with a team-high six ground balls.

UMass roared back with five straight scores and was up 7-4 before the Bulldogs answered with a string of four - including two by Britt - to take the lead back at 8-7 and set up the late drama.

Neil Lundberg's second goal of the game with 53 seconds left in regulation evened the game at 8-8 and forced the OT.

Both squads had great chances to win it in the first overtime, but Ellis was the star with three saves. He needed another in the second extra frame to set up the game-winner for the Bulldogs, who were 0-for-7 with the extra man at Albany on Wednesday but cashed in on 2-of-3 attempts against the Minutemen.

"It feels great to win," said Yale head coach Andy Shay, who was facing his former team. "We were all down playing the UMass aspect of this game, it's just good to beat any team."