April 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team rallied in the fourth quarter, but fell short to cross-city rival Brown, 7-6, on Tuesday, April 16 at Lennon Family Field. The Friars trailed, 6-4, heading into the fourth quarter and tied the game on back-to-back goals by Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) at 13:46 and 8:15, but couldn't pull off the victory. The Friars drop to 8-6 on the season, while Brown improves to 6-5 overall.
The Bears and Friars traded goals in the first quarter, which concluded in a 2-2 tie. Brown struck first with 9:21 left on the clock as Tim Jacob scored, unassisted. Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) answered for the Friars as he collected a groundball in front of the goaltender after an initial save fired it into the back of the net. It marked Wright's 34th goal of the season and came with 8:32 on the clock.
Brown regained the lead with 19-seconds left in the quarter as Brendan Caputo scored, unassisted, on a low shot from the left side. Providence answered with 8-seconds left on the clock as Jake Newman (Mill Valley, Calif.) tallied his third of the season after a win at the face-off "X".
The Bears took a 3-2 lead with 5:22 left in the second quarter, as Henry Blynn scored the go-ahead goal during a timer-on situation. Nick Piroli was credited with the assist. Brown took a 4-2 advantage as Sam Hurster took the ball the length of the field after a Friar turnover and scored, man-down, with 32-seconds left on the clock. The Bears took the 4-2 lead into halftime.
Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) pulled the Friars within 4-3 as he fired a shot into the upper left hand corner with 13:36 on the clock. It marked Barton's 25th tally of the season, and was assisted by JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.). Brown regained its two-goal lead (5-3) with 10:01 on the clock as Jacob notched his second off the game off a pass from Bailey Tills. Robby Stack (Medfield, Mass.) followed with an unassisted goal for Providence with 2:23 on the clock to make it a 5-4 game, but the Bears closed the quarter on a score with 46-seconds left to go ahead 6-4.
Down two goals heading into the fourth, the Friars started their come-back bid with back-to-back goals by FitzMaurice at 13:46 and 8:15, respectively. Each goal was assisted by Daniel Textor
(Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and the scores tied the game, 6-6.
The Bears wasted little time in taking back the lead as Piroli scored the eventual game winner with 8:07 left on the clock. The Friars have multiple opportunities to tie the game down the stretch, but could not convert.
Brown held a 35-33 advantage in shots, while the Friars took the edge in groundballs (29-27) and won the battle at the face-off "X". Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) won 10 of his 17 opportunities at the "X" for the Friars.
Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) recorded 13 saves between the pipes for Providence, while his counterpart Will Round also made 13 saves for the Bears.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, April 20 against BIG EAST foe St. John's. It marks the Friars' final home game of the season. The program will honor its seniors prior to opening face-off, which is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Providence College Head Coach - Chris Gabrielli
"We had our chances tonight. We tallied 14 shots and collected 10 ground balls in the fourth quarter. Brown had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter."
"Tonight was a devestating loss. Our guys were poised and had a goal to win the Ocean State Championship tonight. We were a little too excited early on and gave up excess turnovers in the first half, specifically in the second quarter. We have to give our guys credit. They were able to relax and enjoy the game in the second half."
"Ryan Shaw had another great night at the face-off 'X' in addition to collecting nine ground balls."
"I thought the defense played great tonight. Griffin Goudreau had a stand out performance as well as Michael Noyes who played spectacularly. Noyes collected five ground balls and caused four turnovers. Jack Connelly played well tonight making 13 saves and allowed seven goals."
"Offensively we had opportunities. We have to give credit to Brown defensively. Their goalie came up big with six saves in the fourth quarter and 10 total in the second half."
"We are looking forward to celebrating the seniors. This senior class has already left a great legacy at Providence over the course of their four years together. We still have two games to compete in and are still in the running for a spot in the BIG EAST championships. We hope that these guys will earn the opportunity to extend the season and enjoy the time that they have left in a Friar uniform."