March 11, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell short to No. 14/15 UMass, 16-11, on Tuesday, March 11 at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. The Friars move to 3-3 on the season while the Minutemen improve to 5-1. Seniors Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) and Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) tallied hat tricks in the afternoon match-up.
UMass opened the game on a 2-0 that was mirrored by Providence with goals from junior midfielder Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) and Barton to even the game at 2-2 (10:46). Beginning at the 10:29 mark, the Minutemen notched four consecutive goals to close the quarter and UMass carried a 6-2 advantage into the second 15 minutes of play.
The Friars outscored the Minutemen, 2-0 in the second quarter to pull within two of UMass, 6-4. Junior Robert Sheehan (Darnestown, Md.) buried a snipe at the 9:53 mark and Wright added an unassisted goal with 8:14 remaining in the quarter.
UMass opened the second half with back-to-back goals from Grant Whiteway to extend their lead to 8-4 (13:07). Freshman attack Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.) found the back of the cage at 12:14 (8-5). In the final 10:22 of the quarter, UMass outscored Providence, 3-2. Barton and Wright tallied goals for the Friars, and Providence trailed Umass, 11-7 headed into the final 15 minutes of play.
The Minutemen added two goals to start the fourth quarter (13-7). Beginning at the 11:31 mark Providence went on a 3-0 run with goals from FitzMaurice, Barton and sophomore Nolan Fillet (Rockville, Md.). The run brought the Friars within three of UMass, 13-10 but that was as close as they would get. The Minutemen outscored the Friars 3-1 in the final 6:04 in regulation to secure the victory.
Five Friars found the back of the cage. FitzMaurice joined Barton and Wright with a multi-point performance on two goals.
Senior goalie Tyler Himes (Spring City, Pa.) recorded his fifth start for the Friars. In 15 minutes between the pipes, Himes recorded three saves. Junior Peter Badgley (Summit, N.J.) played 42:42 in net and tallied seven saves. Junior Max Huber (Long Grove, Ill.) played the final 1:43 in cage.
Providence opens its BIG EAST slate on Saturday, March 15 when the Friars host Rutgers in a 1:00 p,m, face-off at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.
POST GAME QUOTES - Providence College Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
“The guys played hard tonight and were highly competitive against a very good UMass team. We were able to cut the deficit to 13-10 and caused a turnover that could have made things interesting.”
“Andrew Barton, Sean Wright and Greg FitzMaurice played very well for us on the offensive end. On the defensive end, Jarrod Neumann, Tim Modesti, Andrew Pappas and Robby Stack had great outings.”
“We were forced to make a goalie change and Peter Badgley took over in goal. He had a great day and made big saves to keep us in the game.”
“There were a lot of positives in today’s game. We didn’t make enough plays to pull within striking distance in the fourth quarter.”
“Our two best play days have come against top 20 teams, UMass and Fairfield. Our guys have been very efficient in those games and have stepped up their level of play to compete with top programs. I told the guys today that we are a few plays away from becoming a top 20 program.”