The Yale Bulldogs are the 37th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Bulldogs went 13-3 overall last season and 5-1 in Ivy League play. They won the Ivy League Tournament over archrival Harvard, before being upset by Navy in the First Round, 13-10. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Bulldogs will participate in a scrimmage against Stony Brook on February 5, and two scrimmages against Towson and Hartford on the 11th. The regular season begins with a two-game road trip, first against Villanova on February 18. Yale then travels down to College Park for their yearly game with Maryland on the 25th.
The Bulldogs start the month of March with their home opener on the 4th against NEC foe Bryant. That starts a four-game homestand for the Bulldogs. That continues three days later against UMass on March 7. Fairfield follows on March 11, before Ivy League play begins on March 18 against Cornell. The team begins a three-game road trip in Princeton on March 25 against the Tigers.
April begins in Philadelphia against Penn on the 1st. The two teams played each other twice last season, with Yale coming out on top in both contests by a goal. The team ends their road trip against St. John’s on April 4 in the Bronx. The Bulldogs return home for two games, beginning on April 8 against Dartmouth. The regular season home finale is April 16 against Brown, which was a wild contest last season in Rhode Island. Yale finishes the regular season with road contests against Albany on April 22, followed by the regular season finale against Harvard on April 29.
The Bulldogs return leading scorer and First-Team All-American attackman Ben Reeves, after he scored 45 goals and 79 points last season. Midfielders Eric Scott, Jack Tigh, and Jason Alessi, along with attackman Jeff Cimbalista. Freshman Jackson Morrill from McDonogh may also get some immediate playing time at attack. Defensemen Michael Quinn and Reilly Naton have graduated, but Yake brings back senior Christopher Keating, along with classmate Camyar Matini, junior Jerry O’Connor, and sophomore Robert Mooney. Mark Glicini was a key contributor as a defensive midfielder, but with him also gone, look for Tyler Warner and Brian Pratt to step up. Phil Huffard and Hoyt Crance return in goal after splitting time last season. Huffard played in more total minutes than Crance, although Crance ended the year as the starter. With Jonathan Reese gone, Conor Mackie should be plucked as the top face-off option, with Owen Jones as his backup.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.