Yale Bulldogs men's lacrosse
The Yale Bulldogs men's lacrosse team represents Yale University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Yale competes as a member of the Ivy League and plays their home games at Reese Stadium in New Haven, Connecticut. The Bulldogs have captured the Ivy League championship five times. Yale is credited, alongside Harvard and Princeton, with the 1883 national championship.
|Head coach||Andy Shay (since 2003 season)|
|Location||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Colors||Yale Blue and White|
|Pre-NCAA era championships|
|(1) - 1883|
|NCAA Tournament championships|
|(1) - 2018|
|NCAA Tournament Runner-Up|
|(1) - 2019|
|NCAA Tournament Final Fours|
|(3) - 1990, 2018, 2019|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|(5) - 1990, 1992, 2013, 2018, 2019|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|(10) - 1988, 1990, 1992, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|(5) - 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Conference regular season championships|
|(8) - 1956, 1969, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2010, 2017, 2018|
The first Yale lacrosse team was fielded in 1882 and joined the Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association the following year. The 1978 varsity team, coached by Bob McHenry, backed by the strong defensive efforts of John "Sandy" MacMullen, Mike Burns and Captain Brad Gano, and fueled offensively by Andy Murr, Mike Cromwell, John Piazza, Courtney Whitney, Mike Corcoran, Kevin Connolly and Brian Matthews, among others, was one of Yale's most colorful and exciting teams to watch in action.
Their record suffered, however, as the hotly recruited center midfielder, Todd "Tedious" LaRoche ('78), high scorer for Roger Ludlowe's varsity lacrosse team in 1974, did not play beyond his freshman year at Yale. LaRoche was the only player in Ludlowe history to score three consecutive single-handed goals from the face-off.
Yale has made ten appearances in the NCAA tournament since its establishment in 1971. Their first appearance was in 1988, when they were eliminated in double overtime by Virginia, 10–9. In 1990, Yale earned a first-round bye, and then defeated Princeton, 17–9, for their first NCAA tournament win. The Bulldogs fell in the semifinals to Loyola, 14–13 in double overtime. Yale returned to the NCAA tournament in 1992, advancing through the first round with a win against Navy, 9–3, before being eliminated by Syracuse, 17–8.
Yale finished the 2010 season with a 10–4 record, but an Ivy League tournament semifinal loss to Princeton and a weak RPI kept them out of the NCAA field. The team finished the season ranked 18th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I Media Poll.
Since 2010, under the direction of head coach Andy Shay, Yale has won ten or more games every season except 2014 when they won 9. During that time they won or shared three Ivy League regular season titles, including 2 outright, as well as participating in every Ivy League tournament since its inception in 2010, winning five of them. In addition during that span the Bulldogs have made 7 NCAA tournament appearances, winning 8 NCAA tournament games, culminating in a national championship in 2018, followed by a national championship runner-up finish in 2019.
The following is a list of Yale's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:
|Bob McHenry (Ivy League) (1970–1980)|
|Mike Waldvogel (Ivy League) (1981–2002)|
|1988||Mike Waldvogel||12-4||5-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1990||Mike Waldvogel||16-2||5-1||T-1st||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|1992||Mike Waldvogel||12-4||5-1||2nd||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|Daryl Delia (Ivy League) (2002–2003)|
|Andy Shay (Ivy League) (2004–Present)|
|2012||Andy Shay||11-5||4-2||T-2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2013||Andy Shay||12-5||4-2||2nd||NCAA Division I Quarterfinals|
|2015||Andy Shay||11-5||3-3||T-4th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2016||Andy Shay||13-3||5-1||2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2017||Andy Shay||10-6||5-1||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2018||Andy Shay||17-3||6-0||1st||NCAA Division I Champion|
|2019||Andy Shay||15-4||5-1||2nd||NCAA Division I Runner-Up|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Yale University – Identity Guidelines". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- Yale Men's Lacrosse 2010 Quick Facts (PDF), Yale University, retrieved May 30, 2010.
- David G. Pietramala, Bob Scott, Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, p. 243-244, Baltimore: JHU Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8018-8371-7.
- Official 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Lacrosse Record Book (PDF), National Collegiate Athletic Association, retrieved May 30, 2010.
- Geoff Shannon, Snubs and Surprises from Men's DI NCAA Tournament Field, Inside Lacrosse, May 9, 2010.
- Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's DI Media Poll, ESPN, June 6, 2010.