Feb. 25, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. - The Providence College lacrosse team posted its second consecutive win of its 2014 campaign with a 10-7 victory over Boston University on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. The Friars improve to 2-0 on the season while the Terriers fall to 0-4. Freshman attack Alex Corboy (College Park, Md.) tallied his second career hat trick and dished out one assist for a team-best four points.
Boston University took a 1-0 lead at the 6:21 mark with an unassisted goal from Adam Schaal. Providence quickly responded on a man-up opportunity with a goal from Alex Corboy (College Park, Md,) who collected a pass from senior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) in front of the cage and beat the Terrier keeper near post (4:53). Junior Buck McClure (Dallas, Texas) notched his first goal of the season at the 3:11 mark to give the Friars a 2-1 lead. McClure beat his defenseman and rifled a shot to the back of the cage. Boston University evened the game at two goals apiece when Craig Zambowski finished a feed from Sammy Davis. With 22 seconds left to play in the first quarter, Wright tallied his second point of the game, with his second goal of the season, assisted by Jak Wawrzyniak (Manchester, United Kingdom). Boston University responded with a goal from Pat Myers with just three seconds left to play and the game was tied 3-3 after the first 15 minutes of play.
Corboy opened the second quarter with his second goal of the game, and fifth on the year, to give the Friars a 4-3 advantage (13:27). Myers answered for the Terriers with his second goal of the game to even the game at 4-4 (11:20). Freshman Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.) ripped a shot from the left side of the cage from 10 yards out to regain the lead for the Friars. Providence took a two goal lead, 6-4, on a finish from junior Robert Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) who was assisted on the play by Fitzpatrick (9:09). The Terriers cut the lead to 6-5 on a goal from Patrick Donnelly (8:11). Corboy completed his second hat trick of the season when he beat the Terriers' goalie on a breakaway in transition at the 2:03 mark to give the Friars a two goal advantage (7-5). Wright was awarded the assist on Corboy's goal. The remainder of the quarter was scoreless and Providence carried a 7-5 lead into the break.
Providence held Boston University scoreless in the third quarter. On the offensive end, the Friars tallied two goals. Fitzpatrick buried a shot at the 12:18 mark (8-5) and junior midfielder Robert Sheehan
(Darnestown, Md.) tallied his first goal of the season off of a feed from Corboy to increase the Friars' lead to 9-5 (7:28).
The Terriers opened the fourth quarter with a goal from James Clarke with 13:16 left to play in regulation (9-6). Wright tallied Providence's final goal of the game at 5:17 to give the Friars a 10-6 lead. In the final minute of play Myers found the back of the cage to pull the Terriers within three, 10-7, but that was as close as they would get.
The Friar offense generated 34 shots on the evening with eight different Friars working their way onto the score sheet. Six Friars found the back of the cage in the victory. In addition, Corboy (4), Fitzpatrick (3) and Wright (3) posted multi-point games.
Senior goalie Tyler Himes (Spring City, Pa.) tallied his second consecutive start for the Friars. In 60 minutes of play Himes posted 13 saves.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, March 1 when the Friars host Quinnipiac in their season home opener. The Friars and Bobcats will face-off at 1:00 p.m. at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.
POST-GAME QUOTES: Providence College Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
"Despite the short turnaround that we had between Saturday and today, we showed great improvement on the offensive end. We were unselfish, had great ball movement and generated good scoring opportunities. We recorded 34 shorts and limited our number of turnovers."
"We have to credit BU's goalie who played solid minutes in the cage. He came up with huge saves but our opportunities allowed us to score 10 goals."
"Our defense did not have a wonderful first half, but with minor adjustments they held BU to a scoreless third quarter and two goals in the fourth. Overall I was happy with the way the defense made adjustments."
"Our play in the midfield improved. They played far better tonight than they did in the season opener. Tonight several freshman put in quality minutes. Keenan Assaraf, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Trup Ortlieb and red shirt freshman Nolan Fillet had great games. They stepped up our approach in the midfield. We have a lot of youth competing on the field and we are only going to get better with each and every game."