Winless No More, Providence Beats Wagner
from press release
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A year after going
winless for the season, the Providence College lacrosse team opened
its 2011 campaign with a 14-10 at Wagner. The Friars move to 1-0 on
the season, while the Seahawks fall to 0-2.
The Friars got goals from ten different players, with two each from sophomore JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.), freshman Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.), freshman Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) and freshman Matthew Mueller (Millstone Township, N.J.). Single goals were added by seniors Steve Lydon (Braintree, Mass.) and Evan Helda (Charlotte, N.C), junior Evan Olsen (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and freshmen Peter Murphy (Louisville, Ky.) and Conor Kenny (Gaithersburg, Md.). The rookies (Barton, Wright, Mueller, Murphy and Kenny) accounted for 8 of the 14 Friar goals.
Between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Christian Dzwilewski (Huntington, N.Y.) earned his first career win, making 7 saves while playing 42 minutes. Wagner's Nicholas Gabaldi took the loss, making 11 saves while allowing 14 goals.
The Seahawks notched the first goal just over three minutes in, when Colin O'Rourke found the back of the net. The Friars responded just 62 seconds later to tie things up, when Barton forced a turnover, picked up the ground ball and found the back of the cage. The Friars would get three more goals in the period from Wright, Kenny and Barton, again, to lead 4-1 at the end of the first.
The second period saw a flurry of scoring, as Wagner rallied to pull with in one goal at 5-4, before Providence got scores from Mueller, Weber, Shaw and Wright to take an 8-4 lead into the half.
The Friars maintained the lead as Lydon, Olsen and Mueller scored in the third quarter, helping the Friars to an 11-6 lead entering the final period. The Providence lead got as big as 14-6 before they held off a late Seahawk rally that closed the gap with four straight goals in the final 4:26, providing the final margin of 14-10.
The Friars out-shot the Seahawks 35-28, while winning the ground ball battle by a 30-23 margin. Freshman Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) led the Friars with 11 ground balls. Wagner got the better of man-up situations, going 2-4, while the Friars scored on one of their seven opportunities. It marked the highest goal scoring day for the Friars since the last meeting with Wagner, when PC scored 12 times in a 12-4 win in Staten Island.
The Friars return to action on Sunday, March 6, when they host Presbyterian in their home opener. The game gets underway at 1:00 p.m. from the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.