Kevin Blair (Photo Credit: Tom Gilligan)
April 2, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team traveled to New Haven, Conn. on Tuesday, April 2 where the Friars fell to Yale, 13-6. The loss snapped the Friars two game win streak on the road. Providence moves to 7-4 (1-2 BIG EAST) while Yale improves to 5-3 (1-2 Ivy League). Freshman attack Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.) led the Friar effort with two goals.
Providence opened the game with a goal from freshman midfielder Brendon McGuire (Wycoff, N.J.) who buried a feed from senior JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter. In a back and forth quarter, goals from sophomore Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) and Blair gave the Friars a 3-2 edge over Yale headed into the second quarter.
Yale went on a 5-0 run to start the second quarter to jump to a 7-3 lead with 7:18 remaining to play. Junior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) ended the Bulldogs' run when he notched his 21st goal of the season at the 5:44 mark (7-4). Yale added a goal from Kirby Zdrill with 2:10 left in the half to give the Bulldogs the 8-4 advantage. Blair notched his second goal of the game with two seconds remaining in the half on a feed from Weber. Yale carried an 8-5 lead over Povidence at the midway mark.
Junior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) brought the Friars within two, 8-6, when his shot reached the back of the cage at the 12:51 mark of the third quarter. Yale went on to score three consecutive goals to close the third quarter and led the Friars 11-6 headed into the final 15 minutes of play.
The Bulldogs added two goals in the fourth quarter to secure their 13-6 victory over the Friars.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) recorded all 60 minutes between the pipes and finished the game with 10 saves.
Providence was out-shot by Yale 37-28 and trailed the Bulldogs in ground balls, 37-21. In addition, Yale dominated face-offs, winning 17-of-20 attempts.
Providence was successful on 17-of-19 clear attempts and successfully defended the Bulldogs on 5-of-6 man-down opportunities.
Providence College Head Coach - Chris Gabrielli
"We competed toe to toe with Yale tonight for extended periods of time. We were not able to compete with them for the full 60 minutes. We have to give credit to Yale. Tonight shows us that there is room for us to improve."
"Kevin Blair has worked really hard in practice for us. He is extremely coachable. Tonight the game came to him. He dished out a man-up assist and scored a goal off of a ground ball scrum. Having started all of our games so far this season, Kevin now has 11 games of experience at the division I level. He continues to work hard in practice and, in return, has seen a lot of success to start his collegiate career."
"Over the course of our last three games (Bryant, Rutgers, Yale) we have been up against some of the best face-off guys in the country. Face-offs are not just an individual task, but a team event. Tonight we had lots of ground ball opportunities and opportunities to get the ball back after lost face-offs, but could not execute."
"Being out-shot tonight was a combination of face-offs and a strong opposing defense. Face-off opportunities created an imbalance in the possession category for us. Yale is one of the best defensive teams that we have faced so far this season and their defense played extremely well tonight. We were very impatient on offense in the second and third quarters. We were able to generate five goals in the first half and then we lost our way. We became selfish on the offensive end."
"We did a lot of great things tonight. We are going to break down the film to look to see where we can improve. We played great in the first two quarters and were successful on the defensive end on 5-of-6 man-down opportunities. We continue to clear the ball well."
"We did good things when we were unselfish on offense. We only gave up 11 turnovers which is good. We will continue to work on our face-off game and look to get back to who we are offensively."
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