Men's Lacrosse Defeats Bryant University In Ocean State Cup Clash, 7-6

Feb. 18, 2017

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team edged Bryant University, 7-6, on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Friars recorded their second-consecutive win and improve to 2-1 on the season. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-2 overall. Five of the last seven meetings between the two teams have been decided by two goals or less. The Friars last win over the Bulldogs came during the 2013 campaign in Smithfield, R.I. (10-9). Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) led the Friars with three goals, which marked his third-consecutive multi-goal game to start the year. 

Bryant struck early in the first at the 11:03 mark on a man-up goal by Tucker James. James was assisted by Cam Ziegler. The Bulldogs continued to test the Friar defense at the mark, but Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) made an important save in the crease to keep the Friar deficit to one goal.

The Friars knotted the score with 3:39 remaining in the first (1-1), as Kearns notched his eighth goal of the season. Kearns was assisted by Dan Axelson (Cohasset, Mass.). The tally sparked the Friar attack, and the team registered five shots to the Bulldogs two with under two minutes remaining.

For the majority of the second quarter, the Friar defense held the Bulldogs to one goal. Matt Heldberg capitalized off a Friar turnover at 3:59 to slip a shot by Boyce. Heldberg was assisted by Kyle Cornell. For Providence, Kearns responded just outside the crease at 1:16 to tie the game, 2-2, heading into halftime.

Bryant opened the third quarter with a quick goal by Ziegler at 13:57. The Friars evened the score, once again, at the 9:47 mark off an impressive finish by Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.). Hatzipetrakos was assisted by David Procopio (Syracuse, N.Y.). Bryant’s James registered his second goal of the game after beating the Friars’ double-team effort. Fifteen seconds later, Kearns continued to lead the Friar attack as he notched his third goal of the game after Bryant’s tally.  Kearns goal knotted the game, 4-4.

The Friars took their first lead of the game with 4:09 on the clock, as Joseph McHale (Bernardsville, N.J.) improved the score to 5-4. With six seconds remaining, Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) gave the Friars a two-goal lead to close the third quarter, 6-4. Keller was assisted by Nick Shaw (Canton, Mass.).

In the fourth, the Bulldogs cut the lead to one goal (6-5) with 10:36 remaining. Ryan Sharpe earned the tally and he was assisted by Ziegler. Tom Kennedy tied the score, 6-6, in transition with 5:01 remaining. Kennedy was assisted by Tom Forsberg.

Austin Goltz (Orchard Park, N.Y.) tallied what proved to be the game winner with 3:00 minutes left in the game. In the final seconds, Boyce preserved the victory with a fantastic save.

"Bryant is a unique team to prepare for, and their toughness is second to none." Coach Gabrielli said. "I loved our preparation this week, and our willingness to fight and compete today. We have to improve in a lot of areas, but this team has toughness and work ethic, so we will improve. Our defensive unit and goal tending were again solid today. James Barclay looked like the most determined player on the field!"

For the game, Providence recorded 18 shots on goal. Kearns recorded his third multi-goal game of the season on three goals. Boyce dominated the Friar defense and posted 10 saves. Bryant was led by Tucker James on two goals.

Up Next

The Friars will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Providence, R.I. when they host the University of Vermont. The game is set for 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on COX Yurview (Cox 4 & 1004 HD).  Providence also will provide a live stream of the broadcast on their website free of charge via Friars All-Access.






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