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College Crosse NCAA Tournament Recap: Yale Defeats Georgetown 19-16

The Bulldogs advance to the Second Round!

NCAA Lacrosse: Men’s Lacrosse Championship Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Box Score: Yale 19 vs. Georgetown 16

Yale opened today’s game versus Georgetown with a 9-1 run in the first quarter and never really looked back, as the defending champs prevailed 19-16 in New Haven over the Hoyas. Credit to Georgetown, though, despite the horrific start, the Big East champs fought back and cut the deficit to three goals twice in the second half; once with 15 seconds left in the third quarter and once again with 43 seconds left in the fourth. However, that was as close as the Hoyas would get, as Yale was just too much for Georgetown this afternoon.

The MVP of the game today has to be TD Irelan. The face-off specialist had a magnificent afternoon, finishing the day with 31 wins out of 35 attempts and earned his 1000th career face-off win as well.

While TD had a fantastic game today, he also had a lot of help, Jackson Morrill had a great afternoon versus the Hoyas, leading the squad with 5 points (3Gs, 2As). Additionally, both Matt Brandau & Matt Gaudet had four goals each today as well. Brandau also had one assist this afternoon. Yale had 18 turnovers today, which is not ideal, but they probably clean that up before next week’s match-up.

While TD was amazing, Daniel Bucaro of Georgetown also deserves a great deal of praise for how he played this afternoon. The senior went down swinging and finished the game with eight goals and one assist. He won his match-up with Yale’s Chris Fake repeatedly and it would’ve been interesting to see how Georgetown would have done if the Hoyas had won some more face-offs this afternoon instead of going 5 of 39 at the dot.

Aside from Bucaro, Jake Carraway also had a strong game for Georgetown, as he finished the day with four goals and one assist. Gibson Smith should also be commended for his play this afternoon, as he had 5 CTs and also scooped up 10 GBs.

Yale will now go on to play the winner of today’s Penn vs. Army game. If Penn wins it will set up the third game between the Bulldogs & Quakers. Yale is 0-2 this year versus Penn, but the defending champs won’t go down without a fight if they play again next weekend.