Providence College Men’s Lacrosse Tops Quinnipiac 13-12

The victory over Quinnipiac marks the Friars’ fifth consecutive win.

HAMDEN, CONN. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team traveled to Hamden, Conn. on Tuesday, March 12, where the Friars topped the Bobcats, 13-12. The victory over Quinnipiac marks Providence’s fifth consecutive win of the season. The Friars improve to 5-0 (0-0 BIG EAST) while the Bobcats fall to 3-1 (0-0 NEC). Senior JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Friars with a game high six points on three goals and three assists.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at the 11:54 mark of the first quarter. The Friars answered at 10:45 when graduate student Michael Noyes (Ocean City, Md.) burried a feed from sophomore Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.). In the remainder of the quarter, Providence outscored Quinnipiac, 3-1, with goals from senior Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), junior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) and junior Jak Wawrzyniak (Manchester, UK). Noyes’ and Textor’s goals came on extra man opportunities for Providence. The Friars carried a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.

Wright opened the second quarter with back-to-back goals coming at 11:41 and 11:14 to complete his fifth consecutive hat-trick of the season. Quinnipiac responded with three consecutive goals to close the Friars’ lead to one goal, 6-5. Providence and Quinnipic each added an additional goal to close the half, 7-6, in favor of the Friars.

The third quarter witnessed three ties. The Bobcats outscored Providence, 5-3, to carry an 11-10 advantage into the final 15 minutes of play.

Weber tallied the first goal of the fourth quarter to even the game at 11 goals apiece. Quinnipiac tallied its final goal of regulation at the 7:49 mark to give the Bobcats a 12-11 lead. Providence finished the game on back-to-back goals, with the game-winner coming from sophomore Robert Sheehan (Darnestown, Md.) with 3:08 left to play.

Providence outshot Quinnipiac, 38-34, and landed 23-of-38 of its shots on goal. In addition, the Friars were successful on 3-of-7 extra man opportunities.

Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) dominated the face-off “X’, winning, 16-of-27 attempts.

Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) earned his fifth win for the Friars, recording four saves in the victory.

Providence opens BIG EAST play on Saturday, March 16 when the Friars travel to Washington D.C. to face Georgetown. The game is slated for 12:00 p.m. and will be played on Multi-Sport Field.

Men’s Lacrosse Suffers Season’s First Setback to Providence, 13-12

HAMDEN, Conn. – In a game that featured two of the nation’s five remaining undefeated teams, it was the visiting Friars of Providence College who came out on top with a 13-12 victory over the Bobcats at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Hamden, Conn. Providence regained the lead with three goals in the fourth quarter, and left Quinnipiac with a loss, the first of its season, to the New England rival.
Quinnipiac, now 3-1 on the season, was once again led by yet another five-point outing from Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.). Sagl recorded his third straight game with at least five points, finishing with three goals and two assists. Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) had two goals, two groundballs and an assist, while Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) finished with two goals, three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Leo Horine (Dublin, Ohio), Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario), Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.), Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.) and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) each found the back of the net once for the Bobcats. Webster collected a game-high 11 groundballs.

Providence erased an early one-goal deficit (2-1) with five straight goals and took a 6-2 lead just four minutes into the second quarter. However, head coach Erik Fekete used one of his timeouts at the most opportune time – sparking an offensive surge from the Bobcats. Sagl, Corcoran and Webster scored in succession to cut the deficit to just one, which was followed by one more goal from each team before the halftime whistle sounded. PC carried a mere 7-6 lead at the break.

Quinnipiac kept the momentum going in the third quarter, scoring four of the game’s next six goals – including Horine’s marker with 9:40 left to give the Bobcats a 9-8 lead. The teams traded a pair of goals before the clock ran out in the third quarter and Quinnipiac took an 11-10 advantage into the final frame.

Unfortunately for the Bobcats, their offense went quiet in the final 15 minutes of play. After a Friar goal early into the fourth quarter, Kostaras put Quinnipiac back on top, 12-11, with 7:49 showing on the clock. Providence found the game-tying goal with 4:38 remaining and then manufactured the game-winner with just over three minutes to play. PC came up with the ensuing faceoff and managed to run out the clock for the victory.

The two teams were very evenly matched throughout the entire game, with a slight edge going in PC’s favor. Providence outshot Quinnipiac, 38-34, grabbed one more groundball, 36-35, turned it over four fewer times, 11-15, and snatched a 17-11 advantage in the circle. However, the major discrepancy came in penalty minutes as the hosting Bobcats played a man down for 6:30 seconds on seven infractions, compared to 3:30 seconds on four infractions for Providence. PC went 3-for-7 on the man-up and QU went 3-for-4.

Reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Week, goalie Gill Conners, was peppered with 23 shots on goal – stopping 10 of those attempts. His counterpart, Jack Connelly, made four saves in the triumph.

Providence, who improved to 5-0 on the season, was led by four goals from Sean Wright and three from JT Weber. Prior to today, Quinnipiac had won four of the last five meetings between the two schools.

The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, March 16 with another home game at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac welcomes intrastate rival Hartford to Hamden for a 12 p.m. faceoff.

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