April 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The fourth quarter run made by the Providence College men's lacrosse team fell short in its afternoon match-up with Georgetown, 10-8, on Saturday, April 5 at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. The Friars move to 3-9 (0-3 BIG EAST) on the season while the Hoyas improve to 4-7 (1-2 BIG EAST). Senior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) led the Friar effort with four fourth quarter goals.
Providence took a 1-0 lead at the 11:06 mark of the first quarter on a finish from senior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.). Wright buried a feed from teammate, freshman, Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.) to tally his 20th goal of the season. Georgetown evened the game at 1-1 with a goal from Peter Conley at 8:27. Fitzpatrick found the back of the cage with 5:13 remaining in the quarter to notch his second point of the game (2-1). The Hoyas added a goal with just under four minutes to play and the game was tied 2-2 headed into the second 15 minutes of play.
Georgetown claimed its first lead of the game at the 9:16 mark of the second quarter (3-2). Beginning at that mark they went on a 4-0 run to take a 6-4 advantage headed into the break.
The Hoyas added three goals in the third quarter and held a 9-2 lead headed into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
Providence opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to pull within one of the Hoyas, 9-8. Barton tallied the first goal of the quarter at the 10:12 mark on a feed from Wright (9-5). Wright notched his second goal of the game seconds after Barton's finish (9:43) to make it a five goal game, 9-4. Barton struck again at the 7:30 mark when he beat the Hoyas' goalie for his second goal of the afternoon (9-6). Junior Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) buried a snipe at the 6:14 mark to make it a three point game, 9-6. Barton finished with back-to-back goals at the 1:18 and 00:44 mark to pull within one of Georgetown, but that was as close as the Friars would get. The Hoyas added a goal with one second remaining in regulation to secure the victory.
Providence was 2-for-2 in man-up opportunities in the fourth quarter.
Wright, Barton and Fitzpatrick posted multi-point games for the Friars. Wright led Providence with five points on two goals and three assists. Barton tallied a game-high four goals for four points and Fitzpatrick finished with three points on one goal and two assists.
Senior goalie Tyler Himes (Spring City, Pa.) played 57:23 minutes in the cage and recorded 15 saves for the Friars.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, April 12 when the Friars travel to Milwaukee, Wis. for an afternoon match-up with one of the newest members of BIG EAST lacrosse, Marquette. The Friars and Golden Eagles are scheduled to face-off at 12:00 p.m. (EST) at Hart Park.
POST GAME QUOTES – Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
“I thought all day our defense and goaltending was very strong, particularly in the third quarter, which allowed us to hang around. We got some offense going and upped the tempo in the defensive end and riding game which opened some opportunities for us to get back in the game.”
“We gained possession of the ball with less than 20 seconds remaining and stormed down the field. To Georgetown’s credit, they checked the ball away from Andrew Barton who had a chance to make something happen.”
“Jarrod Neumann was a phenomenal presence on the field today in all aspects of the game. He held Georgetown’s top attack man to just 1 assist. In addition, Neumann created havoc in the riding and face-off games. Our defense, in general, had a really good day. Tyler Himes also had a great day in the cage for us.”