Yale vs. Quinnipiac
April 23, 2002
The Game Story:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. The 13th ranked Yale mens lacrosse team kept its NCAA postseason tournament hopes alive with an 11-goal second half outburst to hand visiting Quinnipiac a 17-8 loss at the Yale Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Bulldogs broke open a 6-6 game at the half by outscoring Quinnipiac 11-2 the rest of the way. The victory was Yale's fifth in a row and gave the Elis their first nine-win season since 1996.

Edward Britt, Marko Lujic and Mike Scaglione all had three goals for the Elis. Van Sternbergh added a career high two scores, while Eric Wenzel played the first three quarters and made 12 saves before giving way to Roy Skeen, who had two saves in the fourth period.

Andrew Pelletier led Quinnipiac with three goals, all in the second quarter, and brother tandem Mike and Joe Baglio notched four points apiece.

Yale came into the game heavily favored, having won their first H-Y-P title in 13 seasons. After the Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 advantage, the Braves went on a 5-1 run, giving them a two goal lead with 5:32 left in the second quarter. Yale then managed a 3-1 run of its own to send the game into halftime tied at six. Yale would blow things open in the third quarter, outscoring Quinnipiac 6-1 in the period.

Lujic started the scoring for Yale in the first quarter, flicking one in off of a Scott Kenworthy assist with 6:26 left. Scaglione then expanded the Bulldog lead to 2-0 with 2:53 left in the first, taking the ball around the back of the net before tossing it in over Barnett. Quinnipiac narrowed the lead to one on John Giordano's extra man goal with 1:21 left in the first period. Quinnipiac's second goal came with one second left in the first, as Joe Baglio took the pass from his brother Mike, knotting the contest at two.

Pelletier's first goal of the second quarter gave Quinnipiac its first lead with 9:06 to go. The Bulldogs responded just 33 seconds later, as Britt's extra man goal tied the game at three with 8:33 left. Quinnipiac responded with Pelletier's second goal of the contest with 7:33 remaining in stanza number two. Pelletier then completed the hat trick for the period, notching goal number three with 5:32 remaining in the half. Scaglione's second goal of the contest pulled the Elis back within one at 4:49. Marc Perry then flicked one in for the Bulldogs to tie the game at five with 3:02 remaining in the second period. Quinnipiac regained the lead when Mike Baglio knocked one in off the ground in front of the Yale net with 21 seconds remaining. Just nine seconds later Britt knocked one in from the left side for the Elis, sending the game into halftime tied at six.

Lujic opened up the scoring in the second half, taking a ground ball the length of the field before faking a pass and flicking in a bounce shot for the Elis with 14:02 left. Lujic added his third goal of the game on the next Yale possession, bouncing one off Barnett with 12:02 to go in the third. Scaglione then notched a hat trick of his own, giving the Elis a three goal lead with 10:28 remaining. The Bulldogs stretched their lead to four with 4:50 left in the third, as Tucker Foote took a Britt pass and flicked it in to extend the Yale run to 5-0. Seth Goldberg stretched the Bulldog lead to 11-6, putting one in off the pass from Ryan Floyd with 2:41 remaining in the third. Mike Baglio then pulled the Braves back to within four, putting one past Wenzel from just outside the crease with 2:09 to go in the third. Britt then became the third Eli to notch a hat trick, scoring his third for the Elis on a two-man advantage with 1:01 left in the period.

Foote netted one with 13:02 left to get things going for the Elis in the fourth quarter. Gregory Naso's goal with 11:54 stretched the Eli lead to seven. Jim Lollo gave the Braves their second goal of the half with 10:27 left in regulation. Van Sternbergh's goal with 4:22 left to play gave the Bulldogs a seven goal lead, equaling their largest of the contest. Goals by Blake Beacher and Sternbergh with 1:23 and 0:57 left, respectively, resulted in Yale's nine goal margin of victory.