PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s lacrosse team defeated Bellarmine, 9-7, today (March 26) on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. The Friars improved to 6-3 overall on the year after posting their third-consecutive victory, while Bellarmine dropped to 4-5.
The Knights took an early 1-0 lead just 1:13 into the first quarter. Neither team could muster a goal for the bulk of the first quarter until senior Michael Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.) notched the equalizer for Providence with just 9.5 seconds left on the clock. He was assisted by senior Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.).
Junior Conor Hilton (Needham, Mass.) gave the Friars their first lead (2-1) of the game at the 10:24 mark of the second quarter. It marked Hilton’s third goal of the season.
Bellarmine responded with back-to-back goals with 9:10 and 7:44 remaining in the second quarter to take a 3-2 lead.
Perettine responded with his second goal of the game to tie it up for the Friars (3-3) at the 4:32 mark.
With 2:52 remaining in the first half, Providence had a two-man advantage after a pair of Bellarmine penalties. The Friars capitalized on the advantage with a goal from sophomore Nick Preston (Victoria, British Columbia) off of a feed from Mazzone at 2:25 to regain the lead (4-3). It would prove to be a lead the Friars would not relinquish down the stretch.
Providence kept it rolling on another Perettine goal with 34-seconds left in the second quarter. It marked the New York native’s first career hat trick. The Friars hit the locker room at halftime with a 5-3 lead over the Knights.
The third quarter opened with a Bellarmine goal at 14:01 to close the Friar lead to a single goal (5-4).
The freshmen duo of Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) and Joseph McHale (Bernardsville, N.J.) then extended the Friars lead to 6-4 on a man-up tally with 11:21 left on the clock in the third quarter. The goal marked Hatzipetrakos’ third on the year, while McHale was credited with the assist.
At 8:40, Providence was assessed a penalty to give Bellarmine a man advantage. Freshman Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) was then put to work in goal and made four impressive saves during the one-minute penalty, holding the Knights scoreless.
Freshman Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) notched his first goal of the game at 6:13 in the third quarter to extend the Friar lead to three goals (7-4). Kearns was assisted by McHale.
The Knight’s then responded with a goal at 5:34 to bring the game back within two goals (7-5).
With 3:56 left in the third quarter, Mazzone tallied his first of the game off of a feed from Kearns to give Providence an 8-5 advantage heading into the final quarter of regulation.
The Knights closed the Friar lead to two goals again at 10:48 in the fourth quarter to make the score 8-6.
Freshman David Procopio (Syracuse, N.Y.) then charged down the field and fired a shot into the net at 10:23 to register his first collegiate goal and extend Providence’s lead to 9-6.
Bellarmine notched another goal with 5:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to make the game 9-7 but were unable to catch the Friars, giving Providence a 9-7 victory over the Knights.
“It was a terrific week for our program, winning three games in seven days,” said head coach Chris Gabrielli. “Bellarmine was what we expected, a very well coached, excellent face-off team with stingy defense. We had to grind it out, and play great team defense today. Tate Boyce was sensational in the cage for us and our defense, led by Jarrod Neumann and Jimmy Cunningham held up their end.”
All-in-all, Boyce collected 12 saves and three ground balls during the game. Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.), Jimmy Cunningham (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Chris Zanelli (Summitt, N.J.) also contributed three ground balls each in the victory.
The Friars will return to action next week (April 2) when they host St. John’s at 1:00 p.m. for their first BIG EAST Conference game of the season.
- GO FRIARS -
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