PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Sacred Heart, 11-8, on Saturday, March 7 at the Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex. The Friars improved to 3-2, while the Pioneers moved to 1-2.
The Friars were paced by junior Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.) who scored three goals and registered two assists.
At the end of the first, the Friars were down, 2-1. Freshman Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored the lone goal for the Friars in the first quarter, sandwiched between two goals from Sacred Heart.
The Friars dominated the second quarter and out-scored Sacred Heart, 5-2, to take a 6-4 lead in the game. Mazzone scored early in the second to tie the game, 2-2. Keller scored his second goal of the game with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter to give the Friars the lead, 3-2. Sacred Heart's Ian Farley responded with a goal for the Pioneersto tie the game, 3-3, with 10:14 remaining.
Providence answered back with three-straight goals to take a 6-4 advantage. Senior Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) talliedan unassisted, man-down goal with 6:12 left. Mazzone fired back for his second goal of the game, with an assist from senior Buck McClure (Dallas, Texas), with 6:12 left. Junior Nolan Fillet (Rockville, Md.) scored with an assist from Mazzone to secure a three-goal lead. Sacred Heart's Julian Garritano found the back of the net with 1:03 left in the second quarter to end the first half, and make it a 6-4 margin in favor of the Friars.
Providence started off the second half with an unassisted goal from junior Michael Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.). Sacred Heart fired back with an unassisted goal from Tim Canton, with 14:41 remaining to make the game 7-5. Perettine found the cage again, off a feedfrom sophomore Keenan Assaraf (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) with 10:37 remaining. Providence ended the third quarter with a 9-6 edge on the scoreboard after a goal from Fitzmaurice with 1:29 on the clock. Freshman Jake Cook (Guelph, Ontario) was credited with the assist.
With 10:37 left in the game, McClure registered a goal off of an assist from Mazzone for a four-goallead (10-6). Sacred Heart made an effort to close the gap in the last eight minutes with back-to-back goals to narrow Providence's lead to 10-8. Mazzone added an insurance goal for Providencewith 5:55 left in the game to make thefinal score 11-8.
In net for the Friars was senior Peter Badgley (Summit, N.J.). Badgley recorded a career-high 20 saves and played all 60 minutes.
"I think we played well against a good team today," said Head Coach Chris Gabrielli. "Sacred Heart is a very athletic and skilled team. The difference for us today was that we were able to chase and win groundballs. Also, our defense was really strong today and I am proud to see that Mazzone and Keller were able to break out in the scoring zone."
The Friars will return to action for an away game at UMass Lowell at 4:00 p.m. on March 10.
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