March 22, 2014

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Glicini's Last-Second Strike Leads Yale By Princeton

from Press Release

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mark Glicini had a feeling the ball might come to him with the score tied and the clock running down on a crucial Ivy League contest. The sophomore midfielder did get the ball and fired a shot over the goalie's shoulder from about 18 feet out with 38 seconds left to give the No. 16 Yale men's lacrosse team a 16-15 win over No. 13 Princeton before a packed house at Reese Stadium.

Glicini, who took a J.W. McGovern pass from behind the cage, took a step and sent a shot that bounced four feet from the goal line and kicked up over Princeton goalie Eric Sanschagrin, who had dropped too low. The ball sailed over his left shoulder to put the Blue up by one.

"It was back and forth the entire time, so I knew it would come down to one play," said Glicini, who had two goals and four points. "It wasn't an individual effort, our whole team did it. I thought it might come my way and I just wanted to make it count at the end. All of us knew to take our time, to find the right opportunity, and I'm glad I finished it but it was a great team effort."

That goal may not have happened if not for Sean Shakespeare's ground ball with about two minutes to play. The Yale junior was unable to catch a pass, but fought to get the ball back and prevent the visitors from having a chance to take the lead.

"We were clearing the ball and the pass from Jimmy Craft tipped off my stick and the Princeton guy picked it up. I knew that would be the game if they got the ball and went down to the other side of the field," said Shakespeare. "I gave it everything. I tried checking it out of the guy's stick just to get the ball back in our possession, and the ground ball happened to bounce my way."

Eight different Bulldogs found the net in Yale's highest scoring game of the season and the second-highest scoring game in the series. Brandon Mangan had a career-high five goals and seven points, while Conrad Oberbeck (3-3-6), Glicini and Michael Bonacci (2-1-3) also found the net multiple times.

The final statistics made no sense in a wild game that included three lead changes and a tie score at six different times. Dylan Levings dominated the X and took a career-high 25 of 35 face-offs while scooping up 14 ground balls. That made sense given the senior's amazing productivity against the Tigers over his career.

What didn't make sense – considering the rough day on the X for four different Tigers - was Princeton's 45-32 advantage in shots, and the Tigers' also had a season-low five turnovers.

The area of the game that worked best for the visitors was their special teams. Princeton converted four of seven extra-man chances while stopped two of three Yale advantages.

"We knew it was going to be a grind and it was going to be a very tough league opponent," said Andy Shay, the Ryan & Forst Family Head Coach, who has played five straight one-goal, regular-season games against Princeton. "The kids knew they had a challenge ahead of them. We tried to get as many groundballs (35-21 Yale) as we could. We knew they were going to score goals, but we didn't plan on them scoring 15."

Glicini's goal did not clinch the game for Yale. Bulldog goalie Eric Natale, who made 10 saves, stopped a Kip Orban shot from close range with six seconds left and then fired the ball the length of the field to run out the last few seconds.

"You got to make one more save than you let in, and he did that," said Shay about his junior goalie. "He has a tendency to do that, and he came up big when we needed him to today."

Yale (4-2, 1-1 Ivy), which opened the game with a 4-0 run, didn't allow a possession by the visitors until the face-off after the fourth goal. The Elis saw the Tigers (4-3, 1-1) score eight of the next 10 to make it 7-6 Princeton at halftime. Sophomore midfielder Jake Froccaro had six of his Princeton-record 10 goals (ties the mark set in 1951) during that surge.


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