PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 9 Brown University opened with a 4-0 lead and brought a 6-4 lead into the fourth quarter, but No. 11 Yale University outscored the hosts 8-1 in the second half to take a 10-6 decision in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals in front of 2,310 fans on Friday night at Stevenson Field.
The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (10-4) advance to play third-seeded and 15th-ranked Princeton University in the tournament's title game on Sunday at noon on ESPNU. The top-seeded Bears (12-4) will await their postseason fate when the NCAA Selection Show airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. also on ESPNU.
Yale sophomore Jeff Cimbalista led all scorers with three goals while seniors Conrad Oberbeck and Colin Flaherty each netted two goals. Senior goalie Eric Natale made nine saves.
Senior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, Calif.) paced the Bears with two goals while junior face-off specialist Will Gural (Haverford, Pa.) won 16-of-20 face-offs, scored a goal, and tied for the game high with seven ground balls along with sophomore Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario).
Sophomore Dylan Molloy, the Ivy League Player of the Year, scored one goal, his 59th of the season, tying the Brown single-season record set by Andy Towers '94 in 1991. Junior Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, Md.) and senior Nick Piroli(Black River, N.Y.) each added a goal. Junior goaltender Jack Kelly (West Islip, N.Y.) registered eight saves.
Molloy netted the game's first goal, his 59th of the season, 1:20 into the contest before Bellistri gave the Bears a 2-0 edge at the 7:24 mark of the first quarter off a well-placed feed in front of the goal from junior Brendan Caputo (Westbury, N.Y). Jacob staked the hosts to a 3-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter with a shot from the right wing. The Bears out-shot the Bulldogs 14-4 in the period, 6-1 in shots on goal.
Brown pushed its lead to 4-0 to start the second quarter as Jacob scored his second goal of the game firing a shot from the point off a pass from Piroli. Yale pulled within 4-1 via a goal from Ben Reeves just over five minutes into the frame.
After back-to-back saves from Kelly midway through the quarter, Yale's Sean Shakespeare cut the visitors' deficit to 4-2 with 3:55 left in the half. Piroli wrapped around the crease and found the back of the net to push the Bears' lead to 5-2 at the half. Gural won 8-of-9 face-offs in the first half for Brown.
Gural opened the third quarter with another face-off win, raced into the attack area, and scored 15 seconds into the period to extend the Bears' lead to 6-2. Michael Keasey brought Yale within 6-3 less than two minutes later prior to a point blank save from Kelly midway through the frame. Yale scored the quarter's last goal at 6:31 as Jeff Cimbalista converted on a one-time shot off a Shane Thornton pass.
Yale scored all of the fourth quarter's six goals beginning with a tally from Conrad Overbeck just over a minute into the period. Colin Flaherty then tied the game at 6-6 with 9:46 to go. Cimbalista netted the next two goals, giving the Bulldogs an 8-6 lead with 6:32 remaining. Overbeck and Flaherty each added an insurance marker late in the game.