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College Crosse NCAA Tournament Recap: Yale Beats Penn 19-18 In Overtime

Yale returns to the Final Four!

2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Yale Bulldogs fought off a tenacious Penn team to win a thrilling 19-18 game in overtime. The defending champs had a two-goal lead with 3:13 to play in the 4th quarter and looked like they were going to close out the final minutes for the victory. However, Yale head coach Andy Shay called a timeout with 1:11 left on the clock when he wasn’t allowed to do so. The mistake resulted in a penalty & breathed new life into the Penn comeback.

Penn would go on to score on the EMO and then Simon Mathias scored the tying goal with 5 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. After both teams had one possession in the extra session, Yale’s Jack Tigh fought off four Penn defenders before getting his shot by Reed Junkin, and into the back of the net, for the game-winner. Tigh’s goal sends Yale to the Final Four in Philadelphia where they will take on Penn State next weekend.

Yale’s Jackson Morrill led the Bulldogs in scoring with seven points on the day (4Gs, 3As). Matt Gaudet & John Danigellis both had hat-tricks today as well. Additionally, Yale’s Matt Brandau finished the game with four points (1G, 3As). Yale’s Lucas Cotler has been having a great NCAA Tournament; the junior finished with five points today (4Gs, 1A) to go along with his five points last weekend versus Georgetown (1A, 4Gs). Yale’s TD Irelan had another big, if not dominating, game at the face-off, as he went 22 of 41 on the afternoon.

Penn played very well on offense today. Indeed, five different Quakers scored three goals this afternoon (Tyler Dunn, Mitch Bartolo, Adam Goldner, Sean Lulley, & Simon Mathias). Penn was led led in scoring by Simon Mathias, who finished with five points (3Gs, 2As) including the big goal to send the game into overtime. Penn’s Kyle Gallagher played valiantly today, as he went toe-to-toe with the nation’s best face-off man and nearly went 50% against him.

Yale’s next opponent is Penn State. This will be a rematch of their great game back in February. Yale won that one 14-13, thanks in large part to a 25 to 6 advantage in face-offs. Penn State will have to find an answer for TD Irelan, otherwise, they might fall short against the Bulldogs again.