Jack Connelly (Photo Credit:Tom Gilligan)
March 26, 2013
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team topped Bryant, 10-9, on Tuesday, March 26 in Smithfield, R.I. The win over the Bulldogs snaped the Friars' three game losing streak. Providence improves to 6-3 (0-2 BIG EAST) while Bryant falls to 1-8 (0-0 NEC). Junior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) notched his seventh hat-trick of the season to propel the Friars to victory.
Shane Morrell tallied the first goal of the game at the 14:53 mark of the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. Wright answered at 11:26 when he buried a feed from freshman Kevin Blair(Hingham, Mass.) Wright's goal marked his 25th of the season and Blair's 10th assist. Bryant closed the quarter with a goal from Peter McMahon, and the Bulldogs carried a 2-1 lead into the second quarter.
Bryant out-scored the Friars 3-1 in the second quarter. The Bulldogs tallied three consecutive goals coming at 8:33, 8:26 and 6:53 to increase their lead to 5-1. Junior Robby Stack (Medfield, Mass.) ended Bryant's run when his shot found the back of the cage with 3:56 left to play in the second quarter (5-2). The Bulldogs held a 5-2 advantage at the half.
Providence won the third quarter after out-scoring Bryant, 4-3. Bryant opened the half with back-to-back goals to give the Bulldogs a 7-2 lead. Freshman Brendon McGuire (Wycoff, N.J.) began a 4-1 run at the 10:07 mark to pull the Friars within four of Bryant, 7-3. Senior Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) notched a goal at the 7:55 mark (7-4), followed by junior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) at 6:29 (8-5). Wright closed the quarter with his second goal of the game with 2:24 left to play, to bring the Friars within two, 8-6.
The Friars edged the Bulldogs 4-1 in the final 15 minutes of play. Wright completed his seventh hat-trick of the season to open the fourth quarter (14:09). Senior JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.), sophomore Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) and Textor added goals to give the Friars a 10-9 win over the Bulldogs.
Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) continued his success at the face-off "X," winning 10-of-23 attempts.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) earned his sixth win in goal for the Friars. Connelly recorded seven saves and collected three ground balls in the victory.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, March 30 when the Friars travel to Piscataway, N.J. to face conference foe, Rutgers. The game is schedueled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Providence College Head Coach - Chris Gabrielli
"It was nice to get a win tonight after a three game skid. This week we broke down the progress that the team has made this year. We play a tough schedule and it is important for us to point out the positives more than the negatives that we face. We push the fact that this is a process. Our guys are doing great things and are learning to play in the new style."
"Daniel Textor is playing like a senior right now. He has more shots and goals in the nine games that we have played this season than he recorded in all of last year."
"Our success on the offensive end comes from a combination of the way that we teach offense and the ability of our players to buy into our new style. We stress to make the extra pass and not to settle for shots. Our offense is comprised of older players which has also helped in its success."
"We have been successful at clearing the ball. Tonight we faced an aggressive Bryant team who pressed a full field ride. We were able to make crisp passes and generate a goal in transition which shifted momentum into our favor. We hope to continue our success in this department."
"Tonight the defense really played as a tough unit. We have a young, inexperienced defense and a freshman goalie who are starting to understand the process. Freshmen Jake Newman, Griffin Goudreau and Jack Connelly had their best games of the season tonight."
"Jack Connelly witnessed tremendous success to start the season. Like most freshman, he had a little dip, but as you could see in our last game against Siena, he is starting to look relaxed. Things are slowing down and he has been excellent at seeing the ball. Transitioning from a goalie in the mid-west to starting for Providence in the BIG EAST is a huge jump. Tonight Jack made some big saves that were crucial to our success."
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