March 8, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell short against Scared Heart, 11-10, on Saturday, March 8 at Campus Field in Fairfield, Conn. With just three seconds to play senior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) nearly tied the game when he won a face-off and fired a shot on cage that was saved by the Pioneers' goalie. Providence moves to 3-2 on the season while Sacred Heart improves to 1-3. Senior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) tallied a team-high six points on four goals and two assists.
Providence jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with Barton's first goal of the afternoon contest (10:41). Sacred Heart evened the game at 1-1 at the 9:55 mark. Beginning at the 6:32 mark, the Friars tallied back-to-back man-up goals to take a 3-1 lead. Freshman attack Alex Corboy (College Park, Md.) and junior midfielder Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) found the back of the cage for the Friars. The Pioneers and Friars would each add a goal in the final 3:56 of the first quarter and Providence carried a 4-2 advantage into the second 15 minutes of play.
Sacred Heart went on a 4-0 run to open the second quarter and held a 6-4 lead with 10:55 remaining in the half. Providence notched its lone goal of the quarter on a finish from Corboy to pull within one of the Pioneers, 6-5 (1:09) and Sacred Heart headed into the locker room with a one goal advantage.
Sacred Heart opened the third quarter with a goal from Mike Mawdsley at 14:11 (7-5). Corboy rifled a shot past Sacred Heart's goalie at the 4:13 mark and the Pioneers led the Friars 7-6 headed into the final 15 minutes of play.
Barton evened the game at 7-7 on his third goal of the game (13:50). Sacred Heart reclaimed the lead on a 3-0 run, 10-7, with goals from Alex Miller, Matt Gannon and Cody Marquis. Senior attack Sean Wright(Silver Spring, Md.) pulled the Friars within two, 10-8, with 7:20 left to play in regulation. The Pioneers tallied their final goal of the game at the 4:19 mark (11-8). In the final minute of play the Friars generated two goals to pull within striking distance, 11-10, but that was as close as they would get.
Wright and Corboy joined Barton with multi-point games with four and three points, respectively. Wright tallied two goals and two assists and Corboy added three goals for another hat trick in a Friar uniform.
Senior Tyler Himes(Spring City, Pa.) played 58:38 minutes in net and tallied 14 saves.
Providence returns to action on Tuesday, March 11 when the Friars travel to Amherst, Mass. For a 3:00 p.m. match-up with UMass.
POST GAME QUPTES - Providence College Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
“I thought that it was two evenly matched teams competing out on the field today. We were able to tie the game up at 7-7 in the third quarter and had opportunities to take the lead but couldn’t. We have to credit Sacred Heart for their play and executing to take the lead.”
“We surged for a late comeback and pulled within one, 11-10, in the final minute. We pushed a face-off forward in the final 10 seconds but were unable to find the back of the cage.”
“Barton had a strong performance on the offensive end. Corboy was also successful up top for us today, Overall I would say that our attack had a strong performance.”
“Tyler Himes was our best player today by far. He prepared very well for today’s game. He made a lot of critical saves to prevent Sacred Heart from running away with the lead and kept us in the game.”
“It is disappointing every time that we lose, but we are a work in progress program. We need to work on executing plays in critical moments. Hats off to Sacred Heart for doing exactly that today.”