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.[2]

Yale Bulldogs
Founded1882 (1882)
UniversityYale University
Head coachAndy Shay (since 2003 season)
StadiumReese Stadium
(capacity: 3,000)
LocationNew Haven, Connecticut
ConferenceIvy League
ColorsYale Blue and White[1]
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

On May 28, 2018, the Bulldogs defeated Duke to claim their second ever national title and first NCAA championship in the sport. Yale lost the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2019 championship final.


The first Yale lacrosse team was fielded in 1882 and joined the Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association the following year.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] The team finished the season ranked 18th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I Media Poll.[6]

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.

Season Results

The following is a list of Yale's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bob McHenry (Ivy League) (1970–1980)
1971 Bob McHenry 5-73-34th
1972 Bob McHenry 7-84-2T-2nd
1973 Bob McHenry 4-81-5T-6th
1974 Bob McHenry 3-80-67th
1975 Bob McHenry 7-72-45th
1976 Bob McHenry 6-80-67th
1977 Bob McHenry 6-81-5T-5th
1978 Bob McHenry 5-81-5T-6th
1979 Bob McHenry 7-71-56th
1980 Bob McHenry 3-110-67th
Bob McHenry: 53-8013-47
Mike Waldvogel (Ivy League) (1981–2002)
1981 Mike Waldvogel 6-80-67th
1982 Mike Waldvogel 3-100-67th
1983 Mike Waldvogel 5-100-67th
1984 Mike Waldvogel 4-91-5T-6th
1985 Mike Waldvogel 10-34-2T-2nd
1986 Mike Waldvogel 5-92-45th
1987 Mike Waldvogel 6-72-45th
1988 Mike Waldvogel 12-45-1T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
1989 Mike Waldvogel 10-55-11st
1990 Mike Waldvogel 16-25-1T-1stNCAA Division I Final Four
1991 Mike Waldvogel 8-73-3T-3rd
1992 Mike Waldvogel 12-45-12ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1993 Mike Waldvogel 7-63-3T-3rd
1994 Mike Waldvogel 8-64-23rd
1995 Mike Waldvogel 5-92-4T-5th
1996 Mike Waldvogel 9-54-23rd
1997 Mike Waldvogel 5-91-5T-6th
1998 Mike Waldvogel 5-92-4T-5th
1999 Mike Waldvogel 7-64-2T-2nd
2000 Mike Waldvogel 8-53-3T-3rd
2001 Mike Waldvogel 6-73-3T-3rd
2002 Mike Waldvogel 9-44-2T-2nd
Mike Waldvogel: 166-14462-70
Daryl Delia (Ivy League) (2002–2003)
2003 Daryl Delia 9-52-4T-4th
Daryl Delia: 9-52-4
Andy Shay (Ivy League) (2004–Present)
2004 Andy Shay 6-81-57th
2005 Andy Shay 7-5-13-34th
2006 Andy Shay 6-81-56th
2007 Andy Shay 7-62-45th
2008 Andy Shay 4-100-67th
2009 Andy Shay 5-81-5T-6th
2010 Andy Shay 10-44-2T-1st
2011 Andy Shay 10-43-3T-3rd
2012 Andy Shay 11-54-2T-2ndNCAA Division I First Round
2013 Andy Shay 12-54-22ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2014 Andy Shay 9-53-34th
2015 Andy Shay 11-53-3T-4thNCAA Division I First Round
2016 Andy Shay 13-35-12ndNCAA Division I First Round
2017 Andy Shay 10-65-11stNCAA Division I First Round
2018 Andy Shay 17-36-01stNCAA Division I Champion
2019 Andy Shay 15-45-12ndNCAA Division I Runner-Up
Andy Shay: 153-89-150-46

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. "Yale University – Identity Guidelines". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  2. Yale Men's Lacrosse 2010 Quick Facts (PDF), Yale University, retrieved May 30, 2010.
  3. David G. Pietramala, Bob Scott, Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, p. 243-244, Baltimore: JHU Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8018-8371-7.
  4. Official 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Lacrosse Record Book (PDF), National Collegiate Athletic Association, retrieved May 30, 2010.
  5. Geoff Shannon, Snubs and Surprises from Men's DI NCAA Tournament Field, Inside Lacrosse, May 9, 2010.
  6. Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's DI Media Poll, ESPN, June 6, 2010.
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