WORCESTER, Mass. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team recorded its eighth win of the season with a 12-11 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, April 13. Providence improves to 8-5 (1-3 BIG EAST) and Holy Cross falls to 6-7 (2-3 Patriot League). Freshman Brendon McGuire (Wycoff, N.J.) tallied three goals to propel the Friars to victory.
Providence jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 11:44 mark of the first quarter when junior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) found the back of the cage. Terry McKenna evened the game at one goal apiece at the 6:55 mark. Providence tallied three consecutive goals to give the Friars a 4-1 advantage. John Hannan notched a goal for the Crusaders with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter and the Friars carried a 4-2 advantage into second quarter.
The Friars opened the second 15 minutes of play on a 3-0 run. The goals came from McGuire (12:32), Barton (11:46) and senior Josh Torres (Andover, Mass.) at 11:09. Holy Cross answered with three back-to-back goals to close the Friars' lead to two, 7-5. Sophomore Robert Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) buried a feed from Torres to close the half and increased Providence's lead to 8-5 at the midway mark. The Crusaders notched three goals to open the third quarter. Holy Cross went on to out-score the Friars, 4-1 in the quarter. Providence's lone goal came from junior Sean Wright (Siler Spring, Md.) with 7:10 remaining to play. The game was tied at 9-9 headed into the final quarter.
Holy Cross took a 10-9 lead at the 11:28 mark of the fourth quarter with a goal from Clay Haarmann. Providence tied the game, 10-10, with 9:27 left to play when sophomore Greg FitzMaurice finished a pass from Barton. The Friars regained the lead with 4:59 remaining in regulation when McGuire found the back of the cage for the third time. FitzMaurice increased the Friars' lead to two, 12-10, at the 4:10 mark. The assist on the goal was awarded to freshman Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.). Holy Cross came within one at the 2:17 mark when Hannan found the back of the cage (12-11). Hannan posed a threat with 10 seconds left to play when he landed a shot on goal. Providence goalie, freshman Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) came up with his ninth save of the game to secure the Friars' victory.
Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) finished 19-of-26 at the face-off "X" and collected eight ground balls. In addition, the Friars held the advantage in ground balls, 40-18.
The Friars were successful on 10-of-11 clear attempts. The Friars' win tonight marks the most wins on the road for Providence in a single season since 1986 when the Friars won five games on the road.
Providence returns to action on Tuesday, April 16 when the Friars host Brown at 7:00 p.m. on Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.
"Brendon McGuire had a goal against Yale, one against Notre Dame and then three tonight. Every goal counted tonight and his goals were crucial. He has dealt with a series of injuries and personal issues that have caused him some distractions, but he has been in our system for a while and is a talented young man. His overhand shots are hard and accurate."
"We gave our guys off Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday we worked exclusively with our face-off guys. We worked on the mental component of going out and competing. We keep telling our guys that all of the hard work that they put in will pay off. "
"Tonight Ryan Shawtackled some mental things that were holding him back and he was an absolute horse. He handled the ball well winning 19-of-26 draws and collected eight ground balls."
"Us and Holy Cross possessed similar strengths and weaknesses and face-offs made the difference. "
"We try to prepare and approach every game the same way. We eat the same amount of time before each game and hold the same meetings. We try to keep game day as routine as possible. Sometimes when our guys have to travel off campus, the guys approach the trips as more of a business trip are able to focus on our opponents."
"Tonight our unsung heroes were Andrew Pappas, Jake Newman and Josh Torres. All three are our short stick defensive midfielders who stepped up tonight. Torres was posed as a threat in transition and was able to tally a goal and an assist. I was really happy for Josh tonight."