Yale Bulldogs

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Yale Bulldogs
University Yale University
Conference Ivy League
ECAC Hockey
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Tom Beckett
Location New Haven, CT
Varsity teams 35 teams
Football stadium Yale Bowl
Basketball arena Payne Whitney Gym
Ice hockey arena Ingalls Rink
Baseball stadium Yale Field
Soccer stadium Reese Stadium
Lacrosse stadium Reese Stadium
Mascot Handsome Dan
Nickname Bulldogs
Fight song Down the Field
     Yale blue       White
Website www.yalebulldogs.com

The Yale Bulldogs are the athletic teams of Yale University. The school sponsors 35 varsity sports. The school has won two NCAA national championships in women's fencing, four in men's swimming and diving, 21 in men's golf and one in men's hockey.

Men's sports


Major leaguers pitcher Craig Breslow (Oakland A's and Boston Red Sox) and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Dodgers), among others, played baseball for the Bulldogs. Breslow led the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA in 2002.[1] Lavarnway led the NCAA in batting average (.467) and slugging percentage (.873) in 2007, set the Ivy League hitting-streak record (25), and through 2010 held the Ivy League record in career home runs (33).[2] In August 2012, Breslow and Lavarnway, playing for the Red Sox, became the first Yale grads to be Major League teammates since 1949.[3]

Men's basketball

Men's crew


The football team has competed since 1876. They have won nineteen national championships when the school competed in what is now known as the FBS.[4] They are perhaps best known for their rivalry with Harvard, known as "The Game". Twenty one former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Men's golf

The men's golf team has won 21 collegiate team championships (all except 1943 were bestowed by the National Intercollegiate Golf Association): 1897, 1898 (spring),[5] 1902 (spring), 1905–13, 1915, 1924–26, 1931–33, 1936, 1943. They have crowned 13 individual champions: John Reid, Jr. (1898, spring), Charles Hitchcock, Jr. (1902, fall), Robert Abbott (1905), W. E. Clow, Jr. (1906), Ellis Knowles (1907), Robert Hunter (1910), George Stanley (1911), Nathaniel Wheeler (1913), Francis Blossom (1915), Jess Sweetser (1920), Dexter Cummings (1923, 1924), Tom Aycock (1929). Both are records. They have won nine Ivy League championships since the League championship was started in 1975: 1984–85, 1988, 1990–91, 1996–97, 2003, 2011.[6]

Men's ice hockey

The Yale Men's Ice Hockey team is the oldest existing intercollegiate hockey program, having played its first game in 1896 against Johns Hopkins (a 2–2 tie).[7] The team competes in the ECAC Hockey League (ECACHL); in addition the Ivy League also crowns a champion for its members that field varsity ice hockey. The Bulldogs (coached by Keith Allain) won the 2013 NCAA National Championship in Pittsburgh with a 4–0 shutout of Quinnipiac University.

Men's lacrosse

Men's soccer

Before the NCAA began its tournament in 1959, the annual national champion was declared by the Intercollegiate Association Football League (IAFL) — from 1911 to 1926 — and then the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA), from 1927 to 1958. From 1911 to 1958, Yale won four national championships.

Men's swimming and diving

National team championships

As of July 2, 2015, Yale has 28 NCAA team national championships.[8]

  • Men's (26)
    • Golf (21): 1897, 1898, 1902, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1943
    • Ice Hockey (1): 2013
    • Swimming (4): 1942, 1944, 1951, 1953
  • Women's (2)

† The NCAA started sponsoring the intercollegiate golf championship in 1939, but it retained the titles from the 41 championships previously conferred by the National Intercollegiate Golf Association in its records.

Women's sports

Women's crew

Women's ice hockey

Women's swimming and diving

Notable non varsity sports


Yale rugby plays college rugby in Division 1 in the Ivy Rugby Conference. Yale Rugby was founded in 1875, making it one of the oldest rugby teams in North America.[9][10] President George W. Bush played rugby for Yale during his student days.[11]

See also


  1. "Six Leaguers Taken in MLB Draft". Ivyleaguesports.com. June 5, 2002. Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ryan Lavarnway". Yalebulldogs.com. April 6, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Bulldogs in Beantown". Yale Daily News. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Early Football Style Championships
  5. "Golf Team Defeated". The Crimson. May 6, 1898. Retrieved May 30, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "The Ivy League Men's Golf Records Book 2012–13" (PDF). Retrieved June 26, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. [1][dead link]
  8. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/champs_records_book/Overall.pdf
  9. E Digby Baltzell, "Goodbye To All That," Society 31, no. 2 (January 1994): 62–71. http://www.springerlink.com/content/m6745608466780k7/
  10. "Yale University Rugby Football Club – Ivy Rugby Conference". ivyrugby.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. George W. Bush, left, playing rugby http://www.latimes.com/la-badboy_i27hnikf,0,2687743.photo

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