Yale defeats Princeton to win third Ivy League Tournament in four years
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Yale won its third Ivy League Tournament championship in four years in an 11-10 win against Princeton on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (10-4), who also defeated Princeton in the 2012 and 2013 Ivy title games, were led by Conrad Oberbeck. The Ivy Tournament Most Outstanding Player totaled five points, two goals and three assists.
Ben Reeves and Eric Scott added two goals.
|YALE 11, PRINCETON 10|
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Princeton (9-6), the 2010 Ivy Tournament champions, was led with four second-half goals by Kip Orban. Michael MacDonald, the Ivy League Co-Player of the Year, was held to one goal. Gavin McBride and Ryan Ambler had three points each for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs held a 2-0 lead after the first quarter. It was the eleventh "clean quarter" of the season for the Yale defense, led by Christopher Keating, Alirio DeMeireles, Camyar Matini and Michael Quinn.
After killing a minute-long penalty, the Bulldogs scored on their first settled possession of the game when Scott the Brine beat the goalie early in the period.
Reeves added to the Yale lead with 1:52 left in the period. The goal gave the Ivy League Rookie of the Year the program record for freshmen scoring.
Both teams scored twice in the second period. The Tigers got on the board 1:53 into the quarter when McBride sent an Orban feed into the net. Michael Keasey got the lead back to a pair, putting an Oberbeck pass behind Blaisdell at the 4:25 mark.
Oberbeck then assisted on an EMO strike by Sean Shakespeare less than three minutes later. Zach Currier and MacDonald played the two-man game for a goal at the 12:03 mark.
At the half, the Elis were up 4-2 and face-off men Jonathan Reese and Conor Mackie went 6 of 8 in the X. The Tigers, 12th in scoring offense entering the game, reeled off five goals in the third to knot the game at seven entering the fourth.
Orban, the first Princeton midfielder to score more than 40 goals in a season, opened the post-intermission scoring 2:19 into the third. After keeping possession alive with a hard fought ground ball win, Shakespeare sidearmed one past Princeton goalie Tyler Blaisdell with 9:27 left in the third.
Orban responded with a change-up goal 46 seconds later. The Tigers deadlocked the 100th meeting between the two schools with 6:44 remaining in the quarter. Sean Connors put a McBride toss past Yale goalie Eric Natale. Orban, an unanimous first team All-Ivy selection, completed the hat trick on a man-up strike at the 10:40 mark.
Oberbeck broke the Princeton run with 1:03 left in the frame. Off the ensuing faceoff, Sam Gravitte ran down and gave the Tigers their second lead of the afternoon. With time winding down in the quarter, Oberbeck capitalized off a Princeton turnover to re-tie the game.
Orban opened the final period scoring, sending home an Ambler feed.
Scott fired in his second of the afternoon to tie the contest at eight with 12:05 to go.
Yale retook the lead 2:25 later when Jeff Cimbalista put a Shakespeare dish into the net.
McBride, camped out to the side of the crease, finished the Tigers' EMO with 8:52 left. Ambler had the helper.
Colin Flaherty put the Elis back on top at the 8:52 mark. Oberbeck had his third assist of the day.
Reeves gave Yale a two-goal lead with 4:27 remaining. Keasey assisted on the man-up goal.
MacDonald, the single-season scoring leader in Tigers' history, made it a one-goal game with 27.2 to go.
Natale made 10 saves in the contest. He passed Jason Reese to move into sixth place on the career saves list.
Blaisdell stopped six Yale shots.
Quinn, Reeves, Oberbeck and Natale were named to the All-Ivy Tournament team.