Feb. 22, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team topped Vermont in its season opener, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. With the win, the Friars move to 1-0 on the season while the Catamounts fall to 0-2. Freshman attack Alex Corboy (College Park, Md.) led the Friars with a hat trick in his first collegiate game.
Corboy found the back of the cage with 5:57 left to play in the first quarter to tally the Friars' first goal of the season, giving Providence a 1-0 lead. Corboy struck again on a man-up opportunity from the top of the Friars’ offensive zone, when his shot beat the Catamounts' goalie to increase the Friars' lead to 2-0 (5:18). Vermont's Nick Bartlett scored for the Catamounts at the 4:44 mark to pull within one of the Friars (2-1). Sophomore midfielder Nolan Fillet (Rockville, Md.) answered and fired a feed, dished by freshman midfielder Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.), from the left side of the cage to tally his first goal of the season (2:38). The Friars carried a 3-1 advantage into the second quarter.
The Friars outscored the Catamounts 2-0 in the second quarter. Senior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) opened play with an unassisted goal to notch his 101st career point at the 13:34 mark (4-1). Junior midfielder Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington,N.Y.) notched Providence's second goal of the quarter when he collected a pass from senior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) and buried his shot to give the Friars a 5-1 advantage headed into the break (7:32).
Barton tallied his second goal of the game at the 14:27 mark of the third quarter (6-1). With 10:54 left to play in the third, Vermont's James Barlow notched a goal for the Catamounts (6-2). Wright buried his first goal of the season at the 9:15 mark of the quarter to give the Friars a five goal advantage (7-2). Wright handled a pass from senior Jak Wawrzyniak (Manchester, United Kingdom) and riffled a shot to the back of the cage.
Vermont answered with a 3-0 run on goals from Graham Horvath, Bartlett and Andrew Buckanavage to pull the Catamounts within two, 7-5 (00:47).The remainder of the quarter was scoreless and the Friars carried a 7-5 lead into the final 15 minutes of play.
Corboy tallied his third goal at the 6:01 mark of the fourth quarter to notch his first collegiate hat trick (8-5). Horvarth pulled the Catamounts within two goals of the Friars, 8-6, on his second goal of day, but that was as close as Vermont would get.
In addition to Corboy's three point performance, Barton and Wright finished with multi-point games with two points apiece.
Providence was successful on 23-of-25 clear attempts. In addition, the Friars outshot the Catamounts, 45-34, landing 26 of their shots on cage.
Senior Tyler Himes (Spring City, Pa.) earned the start in between the pipes for Providence. Himes played all 60 minutes in goal and tallied nine saves.
Providence returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 25 when the Friars host Boston University in their 2014 season home opener. The Friars and Terriers will face-off for the first time in the history of the two men's lacrosse programs at 4:00 p.m. at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.
POST GAME QOUTES – Providence College Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
“We have a lot of young guys on the roster with limited Division I experience. The guys did a lot of great things in today’s game, but there were times where our inexperience was evident.”
“Freshman Alex Corboy had a really good game. He generated nine shots and scored three goals for us today. Corboy fueled the offense and performed at a high level in his first live Division I outing.”
“Tyler Himes earned the start in goal for us today. He was very good in the cage and finished with nine saves. We were happy with the way in which he controlled our defensive zone.”
“Jake Newman and Colin McKendry stepped up big for us today at the face-off “X.” Newman and McKendry battled in each face off attempt and kept Vermont from excelling in transition. Although statistically it may seem like Vermont held the advantage, Newman and McKendry kept us in the game.”
“We did two things really well today. We were successful in riding Vermont to get the ball back on second chance opportunities and we cleared the ball well for the full 60 minutes. I think that we would take back a few missed opportunities if we could but I am very happy with how we approached the game.”
“We collected a lot of groundballs in our offensive zone which allowed for us to generate multiple second chance opportunities. We were also happy with the groundball coverage on our defensive end. The difference in our groundballs and Vermont’s was due to the face off game.”
“I think that we will play a very physical game this season. We are in great shape and put our best athletes out to compete. Jake Newman is one of our strongest and fastest players and he brings great athleticism to the field.”
“Looking forward to Boston University we know that our match-up is going to be a battle. They have competed in two Division I games and we have just played our first. They played two close games with Canisius and Lehigh, which is a top 20 program, so we are looking forward to a good game.”