April 19, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell to No. 3 Denver, 14-6, on Saturday, April 19 at the Ray Treacy Track Complex in Providence, R.I. Six different Friars found the back of the cage in the effort.
Prior to the start of the afternoon tilt, the 13 members of the Friars' senior class were honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the Friar lacrosse program.
Providence took a 1-0 lead on a goal from senior midfielder Bryan Annechino (Darien, Conn.) at the 12:32 mark. Denver evened the game at 1-1 with a finish from Zach Miller. Miller's goal began a 3-0 run that gave the Pioneers a 3-1 advantage with 8:07 left to play in the first quarter. Providence closed the quarter with back-to-back goals from senior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) and senior Ryan Shaw(East Hampton, N.Y.). The game was tied 3-3 headed into the second 15 minutes of play.
The second quarter proved to be another evenly matched quarter. Freshman Alex Corboy (College Park, Md.) opened the quarter with a goal at 13:32 to give the Friars a 4-3 lead. Denver responded with two goals to regain the lead, 5-4 (5:10). Sophomore Kevin Blair(Hingham, Mass.) found the back of the cage with 3:31 remaining in the half to even the game at 5-5. The Pioneers added a goal with 48 seconds remaining and carried a 6-5 advantage into the break.
Denver outscored the Friars 4-1 in the third quarter to take a 10-6 lead. The Friars' goal was notched by junior Greg FitzMaurice(Hintington, N.Y.) at the 6:51 mark. The Pioneers continued their offensive threat into the final 15 minutes of play where they held the Friars scoreless. Denver added four goals in the quarter to secure the victory.
Senior goalie Tyler Himes(Spring City, Pa.) played 57:15 between the pipes and recorded 10 saves.
Providence concludes its 2014 campaign on Saturday, April 26 when the Friars travel to Villanova, Pa. for a 1:00 p.m. match-up with the Villanova Wildcats.
POST GAME QUOTES – Head Coach Chris Gabrielli
“The guys did everything that we asked them to. We played as well as we could but Denver is a great team. Our guys worked really hard and found some great scoring opportunities. We were happy with the way that we finished on 6-on-6 opportunities.”
“Possessions were even at the half and so was the score. We only won 2-of-9 face-offs in the second half that resulted in a lopsided number of possessions in Denver’s favor. Denver generated twice as many shots as we did on twice as many possessions. Given the lopsided number of possessions, our guys defended really well throughout the day.”
“Our guys hung in there for a half and played great defense, but we ended up having to play too much defense.”