Sun Ready To Begin Exhibition Play
The Connecticut Sun open their WNBA preseason by hosting exhibition doubleheaders at Mohegan Sun Arena on Monday and Tuesday in Uncasville.
On Monday, the Dallas Wings will face the New York Liberty at 5 p.m. The Sun meet the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, the Sparks play the Liberty at 5 p.m. and the Sun host the Wings at 7 p.m.
Connecticut will then host the Atlanta Dream at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport at 7 p.m. Friday.
"We have a really competitive camp as people try to fill out our roster," Sun coach and GM Curt Miller said. "I'm excited with our progression. There's a little bit of a sense of urgency to get a bunch of stuff in with training camp being so short and looking ahead [with] those three homes games to start being so important."
Over the weekend, guard Leticia Romero and forward Brionna Jones joined Sun training camp, practicing with the team Saturday and Sunday after completing their overseas commitments.
"I'm really excited to have Bri back after her first season overseas, giving us a big, physical presence," Miller said of Jones. "Romero, in two practices, being here for 48 hours, has already impacted us. She's a very smooth decision-maker with the ball [and] a very capable, high efficiency shooter. She's already raised the level of play."
The Sun open the season May 20 at 1 p.m. against the Las Vegas Aces at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Yale Streak Ends In Ivy Final
No. 8 Cornell beat top-ranked Yale 14-8 on Sunday to win the Ivy League men's lacrosse tournament in New York, ending the Bulldogs' six-game winning streak. Yale (13-3) had won the past four Ivy League titles.
On a day when Ben Reeves hit the net five times and surpassed Jon Reese as Yale's career goal leader (163), the Bulldogs didn't get enough offensive support and ended up losing most of the small battles against a team it beat by two goals at Ithaca in March.
The Bulldogs had about five good scoring opportunities in the second half that were denied by great saves. That turned out to be the difference in the game. Christian Knight, named the MVP after setting a combined tournament record for saves with 35, stopped 19 Yale shots.
"He was incredible," Yale coach Andy Shay said. "He made some big saves. And he was catching some of them, which made it hard to set up the ride."
Yale got on the board first following a Conor Mackie faceoff win. With the shot clock on, Reeves ran out from behind the net and fired top shelf at 12:36.
Reeves tied the score at 2-2 when he ran in from the right side and bounced one into the net at 5:07 of the first. The captain was at it again when he tied it at 3-3 with a run out from behind with 15.3 seconds left in the first.
Yale opened the scoring in the second as well, but this time it was Jack Tigh running through a stick check and flicking a shot between the goalie's legs.
Reeves came out from behind a third time to give Yale its only multiple goal lead at 5-3, but this one was different. The senior attackman didn't come out as far and had much less of an angle on this attempt. Despite the lack of openings, Reeves let it rip over Knight's shoulder. This was the only time of the game that the tourney's top seed felt like it may have captured the momentum.
However, Cornell scored three straight to grab a 6-5 advantage. This set up Yale's final equalizer, a Reeves rocket at 12:42 of the third that gave him the career goals record. Cornell answered with six straight to put the game out of reach. ... Ben Connelly, Andrew Seiter and Danny Murphy combined for 14 points for sixth-ranked Tufts in a 12-9 win over No. 5 Wesleyan in the NESCAC men's lacrosse championship game. The Jumbos took the lead for good with four unanswered goals in the second half at Jackson Field in Middletown. The top-seeded Cardinals (14-3, 9-1) were led by senior Taylor Ghesquiere's five goals, while juniors Carter Hawthorne (two goals, three assists) and Christian Barker (one goal, three assists) also played well. Tufts (16-1, 9-1) won its eighth NESCAC title.
Warriors Hold Off Bees
The Road Warriors (3-6) averted a weekend Atlantic League sweep at New Britain Stadium, beating the Bees, 3-2. Zach Stewart (0-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits in seven innings for New Britain (2-7), but the Warriors' Felix Baez (1-1) was even better. Baez gave up one run and three hits in six innings. The Road Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on a two-run homer by Gustavo Pierre. New Britain cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning when James Skelton hustled down the line from third base to score on the second wild pitch of the inning thrown by Baez. The game took an interesting turn in the sixth when plate umpire Jonathan Conrad ejected Bees manager Wally Backman, shortstop Reid Brignac and left fielder Ozney Guillen during a plate appearance by Skelton in between pitches from Baez. New Britain mounted a comeback in the ninth when Deibinson Romero led off with a single. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a pinch double into the gap in left center that scored Romero. Manny Ramirez Jr. entered the game as a pinch runner for Ceciliani as New Britain had the tying run in scoring position with nobody out, but that was as far as he would get with the rally falling just short when Conor Bierfeldt flied out to center.