Yale men’s lacrosse is heading back to the NCAA DI Final Four for a second straight year. The Bulldogs are trying to defend their 2018 national title, the program’s first in modern history. But before they got there, first, Yale had to take down Ivy League foe.
Sunday’s quarterfinal game played out exactly how everyone expected: it was cutthroat, physical, down to overtime. Neither team ever lead by more than two goals, but it was the Bulldogs and senior Jack Tigh who got the one that mattered.
“I tripped over my feet, lost the ball,” Tigh said of the final seconds before his game-winning goal.
“Thought it was still in my stick at first but I saw it was right underneath me, scooped it up with one hand and got really lucky to split the double and I found the back of the net," he said.
"It was one of those goals where you're like, ‘No, no, no, no. Yes!’ So it'll be funny to watch on film and Jack will have to stand up for his one-handed goal and stick-side high shot but we're really happy it went in,” teammate, Jackson Morrill, said. “It's a great play by him."
Yale lost its regular season meeting with Penn in triple overtime and they lost to the Quakers in the Ivy League championship by one goal.
Now the Bulldogs play top-seeded Penn State in the national semifinals Saturday, May 25 in Philadelphia.