April 27, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell to No. 19 Villanova in its final game of the season, 19-11, on Saturday, April 27 in Villanova Pa. The Friars conclude their 2013 campaign with an overall record of 8-8 and a 1-5 mark in BIG EAST play. Junior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) notched his 100th career point in the contest on an assist in the fourth quarter. Barton is the 21st Friar to reach the 100 point plateau.
Villanova jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals at 13:58 and 12:46 of the first quarter. Senior midfielder Josh Torres (Andover, Mass.) opened the scoring for the Friars when he found the back of the cage with 11:29 left to play (2-1). Senior attack JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) evened the game, 2-2, when he finished a pass from junior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.). The Wildcats out-scored the Friars, 2-1 in the final eight minutes of the first quarter and held a 4-3 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Villanova opened the second quarter on a 3-0 run to jump out to a 7-3 lead. Two of the three Wildcat goals came from Jack Rice, at 9:26 and 8:57. The third was added by Tim Milrenan. Senior Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) snapped the Wildcats' run with an unassisted goal at the 6:09 mark (7-5). Nick Doherty tallied Villanova's fourth goal of the quarter and the Wildcats carried an 8-4 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats opened the second half on a 4-0 run and held a 12-4 advantage with 8:24 remaining in the third quarter. Sophomore Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) answered with an unassisted goal at the 7:24 mark (12-5). Villanova added three goals, 15-5, before Wright closed the quarter with a goal with 1:02 left to play (15-6).
FitzMaurice notched his second goal of the game to open the fourth quarter. The assist was awarded to Torres. Villanova echoed with a goal with 13:58 left in regulation. The Friars went on the tally back-to-to back goals from Textor and Weber at the 12:14 mark (16-8) and 10:34 mark (16-9), respectively. The assist on Weber's goal went to Barton. It served as his 19th on the season and marked his 100th career point. Villanova increased its lead to eight, 18-10, with 8:18 remaining in the game. Wright notched his third goal of the game and 41st of the season to close the Wildcats' lead, 17-10. Villanova added two goals in the final three minutes of play to round out its scoring (19-10). Sophomore Buck McClure (Dallas, Texas) notched the his first goal of the season with five seconds left to play and Villanova held a 19-11 advantage at the sound of the final horn.
Wright finished the game with a team-high four points on three goals and one assist and notched his ninth hat-trick of the season. Wright finished at the top of the Friars' score sheet with 53 points on 41 goals and 12 assists.
Freshman Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) played 48:08 minutes in goal and tallied 10 saves.
The Friars continued their success in clears, clearing the ball in 15-of-18 attempts.
Providence was out-shot, 48-42, and out-ground balled, 41-25. In addition, the Wildcats' held the advantage in face-offs, winning 21 of 34 draws.
POST GAME QUOTES
Head Coach - Chris Gabrielli
"Villanova has been a great team all year and they have a great draw-man #42 Brent Croonquist. They also have an All-American wing man #21 John Locascio. Villanova has tremendous team speed. Our goal as a team is to out-groundball our opponents, and today we did not."
"There is not a huge gap between where we are at and the top-20 teams that we competed against this season. We were able to play toe-to-toe with some of the top teams in the country. We are not yet at the stage where we can compete with them for a full 60 minutes. We will continue to get better and grow deeper as a program. We are not far off from our competition."
"Andrew Barton was very good today. He handled the ball well for us in the midfield and took great shots. As a team we generated 42 shots and did a lot of good things offensively."
"My first season at Providence has been fantastic. It has been a pleasure to work with a group that has been fun and easy to coach. The guys have been respectful of myself and the coaching staff. We have allowed them to play lacrosse at an extremely fast pace. We focused a lot on fundamentals and the statistics show the amount of work that our guys put in. As a unit we had over 200 more shots than last year in addition to over 100 more ground balls. Our leading scorer this year, Sean Wright, tallied 41 goals compared to our leading scorer last year who notched 17. Six of our guys finished with 20+ points this season."
"We are headed in the right direction and want to keep getting better. We wanted to get more wins for these guys this year. We are not satisfied with our 8-8 record but this season we made a jump in the right direction."
"I want to say thank you to the seniors. Most of our seniors had the best years of their career. Josh Torres was fantastic today. He played the best game of the season today. Daniel Textor tallied another two-goal game and has been consistent for us in BIG EAST play. JT Weber tallied 39 points on the year and was a great leader and captain. Coming into this season, the senior class had recorded five career wins. This year alone they won eight games. These guys are leaving the program better than they found it and that's the legacy that they want to leave behind."
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