Providence, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s lacrosse team upset No. 12 Hofstra today on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence R.I. with a 12-7 victory over the Pride. The win marks the first time that the Friars have defeated a ranked opponent since April 28, 2012 when they defeated No. 13 Villanova.
Hofstra was the first team to get on the board in the game. At 9:42 in the first quarter, the Pride’s Brian Von Bargen gave Hofstra the 1-0 lead.
The Friars then responded with five unanswered goals to close out the first 15 minutes of play. The first of the five came from sophomore Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) for his fourth of the season. The second Friar goal came from junior Keenan Assaraf (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) at 5:10, with the assist credited to senior Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.). Assaraf then came back 28 seconds (4:48) later to tally another goal for his second of the game, this time the assist went to freshman Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.). Sophomore Nick Preston (Victoria, British Columbia) didn’t wait long to add a goal for himself at 4:21 with help from Assaraf. Kearns then tallied his own goal at 1:18 to close out the first quarter with a 5-1 Friar lead. Freshman Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) was credited with the assist.
Hofstra scored early on in the second quarter (0:10) to make the score 5-2 in favor of Providence. The Pride then tallied an additional two unanswered goals to being the game within one point (5-4). Kearns then recorded his second of the game to give the Friars a 6-4 lead heading into half time.
Kearns was back at it again in the third quarter with his third goal of the game at 9:57. Hofstra responded with one more to make the score 7-5 before the end of the third quarter.
Mazzone opened up the fourth quarter with a goal at 10:15. Kearns was credited with the assist. Mazzone’s goal was followed up by another Hofstra goal to make the game 8-6 in favor of the Friars.
Providence then tallied back-to-back goals at 8:12 and 8:05 to extend its lead to 10-6. Sophomore Jake Cook (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) tallied the first of the two, with the assist going to Kearns, while the second goal of the two was an unassisted tally by freshman Alex George (Simsbury, Conn.).
The Pride attempted to close the gap with one more goal at 7:23, but the Friars put the game out of reach for Hofstra by tallying two more goals from senior Michael Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and senior Nolan Filet (Rockville, Md.) in regulation. The game ended with a 12-7 Friar victory.
“The guys put together the most complete game I have seen here in Friartown,” said head coach Chris Gabrielli. “We executed and played hard at the same time, which is not always easy to do. I could not be more proud of our team today.”
All-in-all, Kearns tallied a total of six points with three goals and three assists in the win.
In net for Providence was freshman Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.). Boyce made 11 saves, while the Pride’s goalie, Jack Concannon, tallied seven saves.
The Friars will return to action when they host UMass-Lowell next week (Tuesday, March 22) at 4:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.
- Go Friars –
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