March 17, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 18th-ranked Georgetown men's lacrosse team escaped with a 7-6 win at Providence College on March 17 in the BIG EAST opener for both teams. The game was played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.
Georgetown got on the board early to take a 1-0 lead in the opening quarter as Francis McDonough netted an unassisted goal at 14:14. The Friars came right back to tie the game, 1-1, at 12:51 as Peter Wujciak (Essex Fells, N.J.) found the back off the cage off a feed from Paul Carafello(Kinnelon, N.J.). The Hoyas closed the quarter with two-unanswered goals from Joe Bucci and Jason McFadden at 9:54 and 4:08.
Georgetown scored its third-straight goal to start the second quarter at 14:07 as Brian Casey connected, unassisted. Casey's goal gave the Hoyas a 4-1 lead. The Friars then rallied with three-straight goals to tie the game, 4-4, heading into halftime. JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) got things started at 10:29, unassisted. Niall Cahill (Troy, N.Y.) followed with back-to-back goals for the Friars to knot the game, 4-4. His first goal came at 7:41 during an extra-man opportunity and was assisted by Robert Fleming (Washington, D.C.). Cahill struck again at 1:15 off a feed from Andrew Barton(Timonium, Md.).
Each team managed one goal in the third quarter. Georgetown took a 5-4 lead with 11:34 left in the third as Dan McKinney found the back of the net off a feed from McFAdden. Providence halted the momentum and tied the game, 5-5, as Weber scored his second goal of the game at 9:34, assisted by Buck McClure(Dallas, Texas).
The Hoyas scored back-to-back goals early in the fourth quarter that came within 36-seconds of each other to take a 7-5 lead. Reilly O'Connor netted the first goal at 10:48 and was assisted by Brian Casey. Casey followed with a goal of his own at 10:12, assisted by Dan McKinney.
Providence got within one goal (7-6) with 6:02 left to play as Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) finished off a nice feed from Robert Stack (Medfield, Mass.). The Friars held the Hoyas scoreless down the stretch, which included a diving save by Christian Dzwilewski(Huntington, N.Y.). He retreated back to an open net after adding additional defensive pressure to force a turnover and made the stop. Dzwilewski finished the game with 16 saves.
Georgetown out-shot the Friars, 38-21, and held a 34-23 advantage in ground balls. The Hoyas also edged the Friars at the face-off "X", winning 12 of the 17 draws.