March 24, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team suffered a 16-13 loss at Siena on Saturday, March 24 in Loundonville, N.Y. Niall Cahill (Troy, N.Y.) led the Friars with three goals and one assist, while JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.)and Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) netted two goals apiece. Weber also added one assist.
Providence got on the board first with Weber's first tally of the day at the 8:10 mark of the first quarter. Siena tied the game, 1-1, at 5:45 on an unassisted goal by Chris D'Alberti. Cahill gave the Friars a 2-1 lead at 4:07 off a feed from Conor Kenny (Gaithersburg, Md.). However, the Saints closed the quarter with two unanswered goals. The last came with just four seconds left on the clock, and gave Siena a 3-2 lead.
The Friars opened the scoring in the second quarter as Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) notched his first goal of the season off a Josh Torres (Andover, Mass.) assist at 13:50. FitzMaurice's goal tied the game, 3-3, but the Saints reeled off five-straight goals to take an 8-3 lead. The first three came within a span of 46-seconds at 13:43, 13:02 and 12:57. The Saints tacked on two more at 4:43 and 3:32. The Friars halted the run on a goal from Robert Fleming (Washington, D.C.) with 51-seconds left, and Siena took an 8-4 lead into halftime.
Siena started the third quarter with back-to-back goals to increase its lead to 10-4. The Friars battled back with three-straight goals to cut the deficit to three (10-7). Weber started the drive with his second of the day, unassisted, at 13:07. Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Cahill followed with man-up goals at 12:31 and 10:17.
The Saints made it an 11-7 game with 9:36 to play in the third quarter, but the Friars answered just 16-seconds later on Joseph Habib's (Arlington, Mass.) first goal of the year, unassisted. Each team finished the quarter with one more goal and the Saints took a 12-9 edge into the fourth quarter.
Siena scored three of the first four goals in the quarter to take a 15-10 lead. Providence closed out the game with a 3-1 scoring advantage, but the deficit proved too large. Barton scored two goals in the quarter, while Peter Wujciak (Essex Fells, N.J.) and Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) added one goal each.
Providence and Siena each finished the game with 38 shots. The Friars held a 32-30 edge in ground balls. Siena enjoyed 20 wins at the face-off "X", while the Friars checked in with 12. The Friars were 3-of-5 in man-advantage scoring, including 3-of-4 in the third quarter.
Providence returns to action on Tuesday, March 27 against in-state rival Bryant. The game will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Cox Sports is scheduled to televise the game locally via tape delay. The game is slated to start at 7:00 p.m.
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