March 29, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team lost to St. John's, 14-7, on a rainy Saturday night game at the Ray Treacy Track Complex. Senior Andrew Barton(Timonium, Md.) led the Friars in scoring with a hat trick on the night and one assist. The contest was nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.
St. John's held Providence scoreless in the first quarter and took a one goal lead (1-0) into the second.
After two Red Storm goals, Barton was the first Friar to tally a goal in the second period. He was assisted by freshman Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.) at the 9:53 mark on a man up opportunity. St. John's responded with a man up goal of its own with 8:12 remaining in the second, to bring its lead to 4-1. Barton then went on to score two straight unassisted goals to pull PC within one (4-3). The Red Storm tallied a score before the end to the quarter to bring the halftime score to 5-3.
The Red Storm started the third off with another tally to bring the score to 6-3. Sophomore Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.) followed with two tallies by teaming up with senior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) on both of the goals. St. John's then scored five unanswered goals to take an 11-5 lead heading into the fourth.
Freshman Austin Goltz (Orchard Park, N.Y.) struck first in the fourth at the 13:34 mark with a feed from Barton. The Red Storm then notched three straight goals to take a commanding 14-6 lead. Wright finished the scoring with 5:23 left in the game on an unassisted goal.
St. John's edged the Friars in total shots, 41 to 37. The Red Storm capitalized on extra-man plays, going three-for-five while PC was one-for-one.
Senior Tyler Himes (Spring City, Pa.) tallied 12 saves in the net for the Friars and the Red Storms' Joseph Danaher turned away 17 shots.
The Friars return to action on Tuesday, April 1 at the Ray Treacy Rack Complex to take on Yale. The game is set to start at 7:00 p.m.
POST GAME QUOTES - Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
"I thought that the guys battled tonight. I think that we ran into a very good St. John’s team. Their guys are not only very talented but they are an older and experienced group. When we made it a 6-5 game in the third quarter there were plays to be made and St. John’s made them.”
“I thought that our close defense led by Zach Rogers was very good. Rogers Jarrod Neumann and Chris Mitten had a strong game. They fought hard and a lot of good things came in their performance tonight. They happened to run into, quite possibly, the best attack line in the country.”
“I am proud of the guys’ effort and the fact that they never quit.”