PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell to Bryant, 12-10, in an Ocean State clash today (Feb. 20) on Chapey Field At Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. Freshman Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) recorded two of the Friars' 10 goals in the effort, while freshman Joseph McHale (Bernardsville, N.J.) collected three assists.
The Friars were quick to make their mark in the first quarter with a goal just 28-seconds into the game. Sophomore Ian Grey (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was credited with the goal, his first of the season, off of a feed from McHale.
The Bulldogs responded in the fourth minute of the game with a goal from Tucker James.
The Friars then reeled off four unanswered goals, beginning with a tally from senior Michael Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.), two goals from Kearns and another from junior Colin McKendry (Cary, N.C.). McKendry's goal and Kearns' second goal came in the final 14 seconds of the quarter and were scored within seven seconds of one another. Providence held a 5-1 lead going into the second quarter.
The Friars extended their lead to five goals (6-1) and unanswered-goal streak to five when freshman Chris Zanelli (Summit, N.J.) recorded an unassisted goal at the 11:12 mark.
The Bulldogs then tallied five-consecutive goals, including two from Shane Morrell, to tie the game, 6-6, at the half.
Bryant took the lead for the first time in the game 3:16 into the third quarter. Tom Forsberg registered the goal to make the score 7-6 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Providence junior Ryan Schaffer (Plano, Texas) notched the equalizer (7-7) at 3:34 into the third quarter.
The Bulldogs collected back-to-back goals to regain the lead for the second time in the game (9-7). The Friars answered with two goals of their own, including one senior Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and sophomore Jake Cook (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), to tie the game for the third time (9-9) to end the third quarter.
Just 10 seconds into the final quarter, Bryant's Cam Ziegler managed to get past the Friars' goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) to put the Bulldogs up by one (10-9). Bryant then extended their lead to 11-9 after a goal from Collins Gantz.
The Friars kept fighting, with a couple of shots hitting the post and one eventually going in. Senior Nolan Fillet (Rockville, Md.) was credited to get Providence within one (11-10) with 5:58 remaining in the game.
With under five minutes remaining in the regulation, Bryant's Shane Morrell registered his fourth goal of the game, giving Bryant the eventual 12-10 victory.
"It was a game of runs in the first half," said head coach Chris Gabrielli. "I am proud of our guys for coming out of the gates ready to compete. We played fast and aggressive from the start, but I must credit Bryant for battling to tie it up by halftime. At the end of the day, timely turnovers and with Bryant having the advantage in ground balls in critical moments cost us."
"I thought the game was a display of two incredible goalies. Tate Boyce is only a freshman, but has already proved be a reliable backbone for our team. I also thought Jarrod Neumann was an absolute presence on the defensive end and helped spark great transition opportunities today."
All-in-all, junior Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) registered five groundballs and caused three turnovers during the game. The rookies for Providence had an impressive outing collectively, combining for three goals and four assists.
In goal for the Friars, Boyce registered 21 saves, while the Bulldog's goaltender, Gunnar Waldt, recorded 16.
The Friars move to 1-2 overall on the season and will return to action on February 27 when they travel to Vermont for a 1:00 p.m. game.
- GO FRIARS -
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