April 1, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College lacrosse team dropped an 8-5 decision to No. 14 Yale on Tuesday, April 1 at the Ray Treacy Track Complex in Providence, R.I. With the loss the Friars move to 3-8 (0-2 BIG EAST) on the year while Yale improves to 5-3. Senior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) led the Friars' effort with three points on two goals and one assist.
Yale opened the first quarter on a 5-0 run (4:41) led by Conrad Oberbeck and JW McGovern who tallied two goals apiece. Providence notched its first goal of the game at the 2:24 mark of the quarter on a finish from freshman Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.). Senior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) was awarded an assist on the play. The remainder of the quarter was scoreless and Yale carried a 5-1 advantage into the second 15 minutes of play.
Providence continued its offensive pressure in the second quarter where the Friars outscoured the Bulldogs, 2-0. Both Friar goals came from Wright with snipes at the 13:37 mark and 9:14 mark to pull Providence within two of Yale, 5-3, headed into the break.
Yale tallied the only goal of the third quarter to extend its lead to 6-3.
Providence opened the fourth quarter with a goal from sophomore Nolan Fillet (Rockville, Md.) Fillet beat his defender in a one-on-one and beat the Bulldogs' goalie for a man-up goal. Yale answered with back-to-back goals from Shane Thornton and Brandon Mangan to capture an 8-4 lead. Barton tallied his first goal of the game with 4:50 left to play on the game clock, but that was as close as the Friars would get (8-5). Barton used a pic behind the cage and beat Yale's defense to notch his 22nd goal of the season.
Providence outshot Yale, 35-28, but the Bulldogs' goalie, Eric Natale's 15 saves kept Yale in the game.
Senior face-off specialist Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) finished 8-of-17 at the face-off "X" for a .471 win percentage.
Senior goalie Tyler Himes (Spring City, Pa.) played 58:59 minutes between the pipes and recorded six saves.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, April 5 when the Friars travel to Washington, D.C. for a 3:00 p.m. match-up with Georgetown. The Friars will face-off against the Hoyas at the Multi-Sport Field.
POST GAME QUOTES - Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
“We got off to a sluggish start but a group of seniors stepped up and the rest of our guys followed their lead. Specifically, Zach Rogers, Sean Wright and Ryan Shaw made the difference.”
“We were able to hold Yale scoreless in the second quarter and had a chance to make it a one goal game in the final seconds of the half. We couldn’t complain being down two goals at the half.”
“Our guys competed toe to toe with another top 15 team in the country. Overall our guys put in a valiant effort.”
“There are a few things that we can improve upon. Our team offense is showing growth from the beginning of the season. We are generating great scoring opportunities and finding clear shots. We need to work on finishing the ball when we have good opportunities.”