NCAA Lacrosse: Yale Rallies to Beat Stony Brook 11-10

D HoldingCorrespondent IIIApril 16, 2013

Brandon Mangan came through in the clutch Monday evening on Long Island
Brandon Mangan came through in the clutch Monday evening on Long Island

When you think Monday, you usually do not think of college lacrosse. This year, however, we have seen many oddly scheduled mid-week games that keep us die-hard fans entertained.

For Yale, they may have not been thinking about college lacrosse either, because it took the Bulldogs three quarters to show up and play.

On a beautiful night on Long Island, the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team hosted Yale in what looked to be a mismatch. Yale has quality wins on its resume, while Stony Brook is having a mediocre season at best.

Stony Brook came out hot, maintaining a lead throughout the game. Just when it looked like Yale had shipped it in, the Bulldog offense started rolling. Led by three goals and two assists by Brandon Mangan, Yale clawed back and eventually outlasted Stony Brook 11-10. 

Both goalies ended up with save rates right around 50 percent. There was a ton of scoring, which has become routine with the new rule changes in 2013. The pace of play has increased, and with that, goalie numbers and defensive stats have plummeted.

Stony Brook was led by Mike Rooney, who recorded six points off of three goals and three assists. The Seawolves were able to maintain possession through solid face-off play, and had many assisted goals in tight. Challen Rogers recorded three assists, while Brody Eastwood added a hat trick of his own.

Stony Brook, now 6-7, has Hartford and Albany upcoming, and has a tall task ahead to reach the .500 mark for the year.

Yale, at 8-3, must face Maryland and Harvard away from home before competing in the Ivy League postseason tournament. If Yale wins its last two games, their at-large resume will look even sharper.

Keep it locked to Bleacher Report for more results and analysis from this week's games.