PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell to #6 Duke, 20-8, on Sunday, March 1 in Durham, N.C. The Friars moved to 2-2, while the Blue Devils improved to 5-1.
The end of the first quarter the Friars trailed, 6-2, with senior Robert Sheehan picking up his first goal of the season with 10:09 left in the first. Fitzmaurice also notched an unassisted goal with 5:17 remaining in the first. The Friars failed to find the back of the net in the second quarter and went into the second half trailing, 13-2.
The third quarter McClure notched an unassisted goal to make the game 13-3 with 13:03 in the third quarter. Junior Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.) scored with an assist from McClure with 11:17 left to make the game, 13-4. Duke tallied six back-to-back goals, but McClure registered a goal with an assist from freshman Nick Preston (Victoria, British Columbia) with 2:20 remaining to go into the fourth period, 18-5.
Fitzmaurice scored his second goal of the game with 12:26 left in the fourth, off an assist from Mazzone. With 7:21 left in the fourth, freshman Connor Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.) scored off of an assist from junior Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.). Duke registered two more goals before the closing of the game, not without the goal from freshman Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) for the final score, 20-8.
Senior goalkeeper Peter Badgley (Summit, N.J.) registered 11 saves in his 45 minutes in net. Also in net for the Friars was freshman Michael Meeks (Annapolis, M.D.) for 10:48 and senior James Jurgens (Wilbraham, Mass.) for 4:12 who picked up three and two saves, respectively.
Duke was led by Justin Guterding with six goals and Deemer Class with three goals and three assists.
"Despite the final score, I did not think it was indicative of the effectiveness and execution of the team," said Head Coach Chris Gabrielli. "I am proud of our fearlessness and relentlessness throughout the game. There's no doubt tonight's game versus Duke will make us a better team."
The Friars will return to action to host Sacred Heart at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.
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