Feb. 4, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's lacrosse team suffered an 8-7 double-overtime defeat to Boston University in the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Chapey Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars fell to 0-1 on the season, while the Terriers improved to 1-0.
The Friars took an early lead in the first quarter (13:38) when freshman midfielder Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.) netted a shot past Terrier goalie Christian Carson-Bannister. Nawrocki was assisted by James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario).
Boston University responded in the eighth minute to knot the score, 1-1. Jack Wilson slipped a shot past PC sophomore Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) just outside the crease. Wilson was assisted by Ryan Hilburn.
The Friars tested Carson-Bannister in the closing minutes of the quarter. Sophomore Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syosset, N.Y.) scored an impressive tally from a caused turnover by Tim Hinrichs (Amherst, N.H.). At the end of the first, the Friars led Boston, 2-1.
The Terriers increased pressure on the Friars defense in the opening of the second quarter, Boyce made an impressive save in the fourth minute to protect the Friar lead. Freshman Nick Shaw (Canton, Mass.) retaliated off the defense stint with an exciting shot on Carson-Bannister.
Sophomore Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored when he gained inside advantage over the Terrier defense with 4:54 left in the second quarter. The goal increased the Friar lead to 3-1. Kearns netted an unassisted bounce shot past Carson-Bannister.
Boston University recorded back-to-back goals on the Friars with under two minutes remaining in the first half, evening the score at 3-3. At 1:22 Cal Dearth netted a shot past Boyce with an assist from Hillburn. The Terriers responded again with 34 seconds remaining in the half when John MacLean scored off a toss from Brendan Homire.
The Friars went into the locker room tied with the Terriers, 3-3. Providence led in shots 18-15. Keenan Assaraf (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) and Nawrocki led the Friar attack with four shots each. MacLean led the Terriers with three shots. The Friars bested the Terriers in groundballs, 14-7. Boyce continued to be a dominating figure in the Friar line-up throughout the half, the goalie recorded five integral saves.
Senior Ryan Schaffer got the Friars going in the third when he scored to give PC a 4-3 lead at the 12:01 mark. Schaffer was assisted by Kearns. With 8:45 remaining in the third quarter, Kearns netted a sensational underhand shot to the far post putting the Friars ahead, 5-3. Kearns struck again 11 seconds later off of the face-off (8:34), registering his third goal of the game from Hatzipetrakos. The Friars continued to be a force on attack, Hatzipetrakos and Kearns teamed up again to score the Friars seventh goal of the game. Hatzipetrakos tallied his second goal of the game from Kearns at 5:23 to give PC a 7-3 lead. Boston University responded with a goal with 41.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Hillburn registered his first tally of the game off an assist from Wilson.
Boston University closed the gap in the fourth quarter as the Terriers tallied three unanswered goals on the Friars. Hayden Ruiz registered scored off an assist from Hillburn at 8:43. Homire notched his first tally of the game with 2:35 remaining from Ruiz. With 1:33 remaining in regulation, Ruiz knotted the game at 7-7. At the end of regulation, the Friars led in shots 40-35. Boyce recorded 11 saves to Carson-Bannister's 16.
In the first overtime, Boyce kept the Friars alive with a big stop off of a shot by MacLean with two minutes to play. Boston University claimed its first victory of the season with 3:51 remaining in the second overtime. Homire scored a man-up goal off an assist from Ruiz.
The Friars will be back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 when they travel to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
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