May 15, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD. -
The Providence College men's lacrosse team was defeated by top-ranked Johns Hopkins, 15-3, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday, May 15.
In the first quarter the Blue Jays jumped out to a quick, 2-0, lead in the first 1:10 of action as Kevin Boland and Kyle Barrie each scored an unassisted goal at the 14:23 mark and the 13:50 mark, respectively. Tom Kelly (Henniker, N.H.) got the Friars on the board at the 9:50 mark of the first quarter, unassisted, with his 17th goal of the season. Hopkins answered back with two-straight goals from Peter LeSueur Barrie, to make the score 4-1. Kelly scored his second goal of the day for the Friars (18th of the season) with 4:25 showing on the clock in the first quarter, unassisted. Kelly's goal cut the Blue Jay's lead to two goals (4-2). Hopkins closed out the first quarter with a goal from Kyle Dowd at the 3:43 mark to give the Blue Jays a 5-2 advantage.
In the second quarter, Hopkins scored six unanswered goals to take an 11-2 lead into halftime. Conor Ford led the Blue Jays with three goals and one assist in the quarter. Barrie added one goal and one assist. Kyle Harrison and Frank Potucek were credited with Hopkins' remaining goals in the quarter, while LeSueur and Jake Byrne tallied assists.
In the third quarter, the Blue Jays netted four more unanswered goals to take a 15-2 lead going into the fourth quarter. Boland tallied the first goal from Matt Rewkowski at the 12:37 mark. Hopkins followed with two man-up goals from Rewkowski and LeSueur at 12:19 and 10:28. LeSueur and Byrne were credited with the assists. Harrison connected on the Blue Jay's 15th goal of the game with 3:00 minutes remaining in the third, unassisted.
The Friars finally found the back of the cage again with 8:18 remaining in the game as senior Kevin Kornobis (Merrick, N.Y.) connected off of a pass from junior Frank Bosco (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.). The goal marked Kornobis' eighth of the year. Johns Hopkins was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Junior Andrew McMinn
(Pittsburgh, Pa.) took the loss in goal for PC. He played 30:55 minutes in the cage, allowed 13 Blue Jay goals and made seven saves. He was replaced by Ron Westgate
(Forestdale, Mass.) in the third quarter. Westgate played 29:05 minutes, allowed two goals and made a career-high nine saves. Jesse Schwartzman played all 60 minutes for Hopkins and made nine save.
Providence College concludes its season with a 9-8 overall record. The squad captured its first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship - and today's game marked the teams' first-ever appearance at the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. Johns Hopkins improves to 12-1 overall and advances to the quarterfinal round on Saturday, May 22 in Charlottesville, Va. The Blue Jays will face the winner of the Ohio State vs. North Carolina game.