Sunday, March 13, 2011

Yale will see you on the Boardwalk

A few notes and quotes to wrap up the quarterfinal series between Yale and St. Lawrence.

  • Yale (25-6-1) set a program record for wins in a season, surpassing the 24 wins in 2008-09. The Bulldogs will play 12th-seed Colgate at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Dartmouth and Cornell will square off in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

  • Keith Allain said after Friday's game one loss, Jimmy Martin initiated multiple meetings with him to make sure Yale was fully prepared, both mentally and physically. "I think (last season's quarterfinal loss to Brown) stung quite a bit," Allain said. "So it was real, real important to him and that senior class that we get through this weekend.” Martin, ever humble, sort of shrugged off anything specific he did and cited the full team effort. "We have a veteran team, so our guys know how to be focused," Martin said. "It’s a team thing. The bottom line is that there are enough older guys on this team that know how to stay focused."

  • This senior class means a lot to Allain. It's a large class (nine players), but it's also his first recruiting class. Taking nothing away from the past few senior classes, but much of what Yale has accomplished over the past three seasons is because of what that group has done. "These guys certainly deserved to go out with a win,” said Allain. "I don’t even want to start thinking about what it’s going be like when they’re gone. I told them we have three more weekends together as a team, so enjoy each and every day."

  • Allain pointed toward a couple of other seniors who have helped Yale in the leadership department, singling out Denny Kearney and Mike Matczak. “Denny is a heckuva leader … maybe no so much in the locker room, but on the bench,” said Allain. “He’s saying things that I want to be saying a lot of times. And that’s what you hope for as a coach. And Mike Matczak has had a great year of quiet leadership for us. It’s critical.”

  • On the injury front, Brendan Mason's status will likely remain unknown for the rest of the week.


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