FAIRFIELD, CONN. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team lost to Sacred Heart afternoon in overtime, 10-9, in Fairfield, Conn.
1st Quarter: In a high-scoring opening frame, Sean Leahey, Nick Hatzipetrakos, and Austin Goltz netted three straight goals over a span of to put the Friars up 3-1. Sacred Heart answered with a goal from Julian Garritano, but Tim Hinrichs put one home to give the Friars a 4-2 lead after one.
2nd Quarter: The Pioneers tied the score, 4-4, early in the second quarter on goals by Max Tuttle and Joe Saggese, but once again the Friars went on a 3-0 run to go in front. Evan McGreen, Goltz, and Connor Byrne each scored over the following three and a half minutes to give the Friars a 7-4 lead. With just over four minutes to play, Sacred Heart went to the man-advantage, and Kevin Cop scored his seventh goal of the season trim the Friars to 7-5 lead at the half.
3rd Quarter: Sacred Heart’s defense stiffened up in the third period, allowing the Pioneers to get back in the game. Saggese scored his second goal of the game and Joseph Cipoletti put home his first goal of the season to tie the game at seven with left in the quarter. The Pioneers had two chances to take the lead over the final 20 seconds, but Friars’ junior All-American goalie Tate Boyce came through with a pair of saves to keep the game tied at seven heading into the fourth.
4th Quarter: Julian Girratano gave the Pioneers their first lead since the game’s opening minutes with his third goal of the game. It looked as though the one goal lead for the Pioneers may hold up, but Leahey came through for the Friars with left to tie the score at eight. The Friars regained the lead, 9-8, on an unassisted goal by Evan McGreen, but Sacred Heart tied it with 56 seconds left on Max Tuttle’s second of the game.
Overtime: Sacred Heart scored the game-winning goal just over a minute into overtime as Max Tuttle went in unassisted to give the Pioneers the win.
Game Notes: The Friars are now 0-2 in overtime games so far this season. Max Tuttle and Julian Giarritano each had hat tricks for the Pioneers while Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season for the Friars. Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) finished with a season-high 16 saves for the Friars.
What’s Next: The Friars will host UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, March 6th on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. Opening faceoff is set for
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