March 12, 2013
HAMDEN, CONN. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team traveled to Hamden, Conn. on Tuesday, March 12, where the Friars topped the Bobcats, 13-12. The victory over Quinnipiac marks Providence's fifth consecutive win of the season. The Friars improve to 5-0 (0-0 BIG EAST) while the Bobcats fall to 3-1 (0-0 NEC). Senior JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Friars with a game high six points on three goals and three assists.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at the 11:54 mark of the first quarter. The Friars answered at 10:45 when graduate student Michael Noyes (Ocean City, Md.) burried a feed from sophomore Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.). In the remainder of the quarter, Providence outscored Quinnipiac, 3-1, with goals from senior Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), junior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) and junior Jak Wawrzyniak (Manchester, UK). Noyes' and Textor's goals came on extra man opportunities for Providence. The Friars carried a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.
Wright opened the second quarter with back-to-back goals coming at 11:41 and 11:14 to complete his fifth consecutive hat-trick of the season. Quinnipiac responded with three consecutive goals to close the Friars' lead to one goal, 6-5. Providence and Quinnipic each added an additional goal to close the half, 7-6, in favor of the Friars.
The third quarter witnessed three ties. The Bobcats outscored Providence, 5-3, to carry an 11-10 advantage into the final 15 minutes of play.
Weber tallied the first goal of the fourth quarter to even the game at 11 goals apiece. Quinnipiac tallied its final goal of regulation at the 7:49 mark to give the Bobcats a 12-11 lead. Providence finished the game on back-to-back goals, with the game-winner coming from sophomore Robert Sheehan (Darnestown, Md.) with 3:08 left to play.
Providence outshot Quinnipiac, 38-34, and landed 23-of-38 of its shots on goal. In addition, the Friars were successful on 3-of-7 extra man opportunities.
Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) dominated the face-off "X', winning, 16-of-27 attempts.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) earned his fifth win for the Friars, recording four saves in the victory.
Providence opens BIG EAST play on Saturday, March 16 when the Friars travel to Washington D.C. to face Georgetown. The game is slated for 12:00 p.m. and will be played on Multi-Sport Field.
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