April 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In its first BIG EAST victory since joining the conference in 2010 and final game of the season, the Providence College men's lacrosse team (2-12, 1-5 BIG EAST) defeated the No. 13/15 Villanova Wildcats (8-6, 4-2 BIG EAST) by the score of 15-11, on Saturday, April 28, at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Prior to the faceoff, seniors Jake Nolan (Westport, Conn.), Andrew Bromley (Surrey, British Columbia), Christian Dzwilewski (Huntington, N.Y.), Matt DiFrancesco (Slingerlands, N.Y.), Evan Olsen (Tampa, Fla.), Michael Noyes (Ocean City, Md.), Chris Mahoney (Centerport, N.Y.) and Pete Wujciak (Essex Fells, N.J.) were honored.
Nolan and freshman Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) led the Friars in scoring with three goals apiece. Nolan also notched two assists. Sophomore Sean Wright (Silver Springs, Md.) scored two goals and registered three assists in the victory. Bromley, Noyes, juniors JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.), Josh Torres (Andover, Mass.) and Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), sophomore Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) and freshman Niall Cahill (Troy, N.Y.) each scored a goal in the win. Barton also contributed three assists.
In the first quarter, the Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead scoring at the 11:37 and 10:34 marks but the Friars responded with four consecutive goals to gain a 4-2 edge. At the 8:57 mark Cahill scored his 12th goal of the season on a pass from Nolan. Seven seconds later, Bromley won the faceoff and stormed down the field to score his first goal of the season at the 8:50 mark. With 7:11 on the clock, FitzMaurice gave the Friars their first lead of the game, 3-2, when he scored on a ball from Wright. Torres extended the Providence lead to two, 4-2, when he scored at the 3:35 mark, unassisted, to cap the quarter.
FitzMaurice scored his second goal of the game early on in the second quarter at the 12:04 mark to extend the Friar lead to three, 5-2. Villanova's Max Hart scored a goal a minute later at the 11:04 mark but Nolan followed with his 12th goal of the season with at the 10:35 mark to put the Friars up, 6-3. Wildcat Kevin Cunningham scored consecutive goals to decrease the Villanova deficit to one, 6-5, at the 7:03 and 2:36 marks, before teammate Michael Vigilante scored the equalizer on a man-up goal with 1:04 remaining to knot the game at six goals apiece entering halftime.
Following halftime, Nolan scored his second of three goals in the matchup when he took a low shot off a pass from Wright at the 13:06 to give the Friars a 7-6 lead. It would not last as Villanova scored with 9:50 to play but Wright put the Friars ahead again, 8-7, less than a minute later, at the 9:21 mark. Weber then extended the Friar lead to two, 9-7, when he scored with 6:30 on the clock. Wright scored again in the quarter, at the 3:59 mark, before Villanova's Will Casertano scored with 1:54 to play, to cut the Friar edge to two, 10-8, entering the final quarter of the game.
Providence gained its largest lead of five, 13-8, following three consecutive goals from Barton, Noyes and Textor, at the 14:41, 13:33 and 10:32 marks, respectively. Villanova responded with consecutive goals of its own at 8:13 and 7:32 but it would not be enough. Nolan scored his third and final goal of the game and season at the 5:04 mark on a pass from Barton to extend the Friar lead to four, 14-10. Providence and Villanova traded goals to end the game, with the Wildcats coming within three on a goal from Hart at the 4:02 mark and FitzMaurice capping the scoring at the 1:27 mark to end the game with the Friars on top, 15-11.
Dzwilewski notched 14 saves in his final regular season game of his collegiate career.
The game marks the end of the Friars' regular season. The team finished 2-12 overall and 1-5 in the BIG EAST.