Tuesday Recap: First-Half Offensive Explosion Leads Yale to 22-15 Win Over Boston U.

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In a Tuesday night New England battle, the No. 5-ranked Yale Bulldogs downed the No. 13 Boston U. Terriers 22-15.

Matt Brandau (3G/6A) had a career-high nine points while freshmen Leo Johnson (4G/3A) and Chris Lyons (6G/1A) each ended the day with seven. Thomas Bragg added three goals and dished out two assists for five points.

The majority of the quartet’s combined 28 points (13 goals) came during the first half. Bragg scored the first two goals of the game for the Bulldogs, including one off a Brandau feed, before Bragg feed Johnson for a score with 9:01 remaining in the opening frame. Johnson then found Bragg and Brandau on consecutive possessions to knot things all up at five late in the frame.

Those two scores helped provide the catalyst for what would become arguably the best single-half offensive performance of the season. Yale closed out the first half of play on a 15-1 run to take a commanding 18-6 lead at the half. They outscored Boston U. 11-1 in the second quarter alone.

Yale had led 7-5 at the end of a first quarter that saw virtually no defense, but the Bulldogs were able to get things going on that end while also maintaining the momentum they had built up through the first quarter on the other.

Jared Paquette made nine saves in the 36 minutes of play he saw. Seven of those saves came during the second quarter as his effort helped hold Boston U. to 1-of-14 shooting in the period. Chris Fake led the way out in front of the cage with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Nicholas Ramsey went 16-for-31 (51%) at the faceoff dot for the Elis.

Boston U. won the second half 9-4, but no comeback was able to come to fruition.

Louis Perfetto (4G/2A) and Vince D’Alto (3G/3A) each had six points to lead the Terriers offense, which was looking very good early on in the contest as they took and early 2-0 lead and were able to pull ahead 5-3 with 7:36 left in the first. Multiple of those scores came off transition sequences as they were able to poke holes in the Yale ride early on.

However, once they Bulldogs gained control in the second it spelled the end of any such success further in the game.

Stony Brooks Subdues Dartmouth Comeback, Earns 14-13 win in Hanover

Trailing 13-8 with 4:17 remaining, Dartmouth was able to find their mojo once more and ended the contest on a 5-1 run that featured three goals from Colin McGill. However, a Mike McCannell score with 2:26 left and a blocked Matt Paul with 1:04 remaining secure proved to be too much for the late-game efforts success as the Seawolves were able to prevail.

Riding behind a five-point (3G/2A) outing from Kevin Mack, the Seawolves offense was able to roll for a good portion of the contest. Stony Brook ended the first half on a four-goal run to dig themselves out of the 5-3 hole they were in and take the 7-5 lead at half, which they were able to build upon to gain that five-goal advantage late in the game.

Anthony Palma made 16 saves to anchor the Seawolves’ defense.

Princeton Blows Out Marist

The Princeton Tigers beat the Marist Red Foxes 18-7 in a game they controlled from the early stages on. From the 10:25 mark in the first through the 9:51 mark in the fourth, Princeton outscored Marist 15-2.

Chris Brown (2G/4A) led Princeton with six points while Christian Ronda had four goals.

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