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The Providence College men’s lacrosse team defeated Vermont, 11-8, today in Burlington, Vt. With the win, the Friars improve to 2-2 on the season, while the Catamounts drop to 2-2.
The Friars got out to a quick lead with the first goal of the game coming at 14:09 in the first quarter. Sophomore Joseph Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) tallied the unassisted goal to give Providence a 1-0 lead. Under a minute later (13:25), senior co-captain Michael Perrettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.) notched another unassisted goal to extend Providence’s lead to 2-0. The remainder of the quarter was relatively quiet, leaving the Friars two goals up heading into the second quarter.
The Catamounts came back in the second quarter to register three unanswered goals to gain the lead for the first time, 3-2.
Freshman Joseph McHale (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Perrettine then teamed up to get the equalizer (3-3) for Providence. McHale registered the third Friar goal with the assist going to Perrettine at 5:10.
Keller then put one into the back of the net for the second time in the game to regain the lead for the Friars for the second time in the game. Providence went into the half with a 4-3 advantage over the Catamounts.
After the half, Vermont’s James Barlow tallied his first goal of the game to bring the game to 4-4, however, that didn’t last long. Juniors Keenan Assaraf (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.) and Ryan Schaffer (Plano, Texas) and Perrettine each recorded unanswered goals within 1:30 of one another to give Providence a 7-4 advantage.
The Catamounts then responded with two goals to bring the score within one (7-6). McHale then took another shot at goal and recorded his second of the game to extend the Friar lead to (8-6).
As the third quarter was coming to an end, Vermont tied the game again (8-8) to put the pressure on for the final quarter.
The Friars defense was in full force for the final quarter, not allowing a single goal in. Scoring machine Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.) gave the Friars the lead at 8:25, which was then followed by back-to-back unassisted goals by sophomore Connor Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.). The game ended in an 11-8 Friar victory.
Of note, junior defender Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) picked up four ground balls and helped the Friar defense to hold Vermont’s top scorer to just two points.
In goal for Providence was freshman Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C). Boyce collected six saves, while the Vermont keeper, Jon Kaplan, also made six saves.
“We were pleased with our energy from the start of the game today,” said Head Coach Chris Gabrielli. “Vermont is a very good team and we knew it would be a 60 minute game. It was a battle in that whenever we took a two goal lead, Vermont would answer. In the fourth quarter, we held up defensively, especially in critical man-down situations.”
“We’ve been really challenging our midfield to produce. We know they are capable. Today, Joe McHale, Mike Perrettine, Josh Keller and Keenan Assaraf all scored in settled offensive situations. Also, Connor Bryne was incredible in transition, scoring two big goals for us.”
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 5 when they travel to Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn. for a 1:00 p.m. game.
- GO FRIARS -
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