PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought BIG EAST battle to fifth-ranked Notre Dame, 13-8, on Saturday, April 7 in Providence, R.I. The game was tied, 6-6, midway through the third quarter before the Irish closed the game on a 7-2 run to take the victory. JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Friars with two goals and two assists for four points. Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) added three points on two goals and one assist. The Friars drop to 7-5 overall (1-3 BIG EAST), while Notre Dame improves to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the BIG EAST.
The Friars took an early two-goal lead as freshmen Jake Newman (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Brendon McGuire (Wycoff, N.J.) notched back-to-back goals at 14:23 and 9:39, respectively. Each of the goals was unassisted. Notre Dame answered by scoring four-straight goals to close the first quarter. Sean Rogers was credited with two goals during the stretch, while Westy Hopkins and John Scioscia also found the back of the cage.
Providence got within a goal (4-3) early in the second quarter as freshman Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.) found the back of the net for his eighth goal of the year. The goal was assisted by Wright just 52 seconds into the quarter. Notre Dame responded with a goal at the 7:07 mark to put the Irish ahead, 5-4. The Friars closed the scoring with 1:49 left on the clock as Wright notched his 31st goal of the season off a feed Weber. Notre Dame took its 5-4 advantage into halftime.
The Friars scored two of the first three goals to begin the third quarter, which allowed Providence to tie the game twice. Barton struck first, unassisted, at the 13:17 mark to make the score 5-5. Notre Dame regained the lead (6-5) just seven seconds later as Conor Doyle scored, unassisted, at 13:10. The Friars tied the game for a second time (6-6) with 7:48 remaining in the quarter as Wright picked up his 32nd goal of the year. The assist was credited to Weber. Notre Dame quelled the Friars' threat with three-straight goals to close the third quarter, and Notre Dame entered the fourth and final stanza with a 9-6 lead.
The fourth quarter lacked offensive production from either side until Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh scored, man-up, with 8:35 to play. The goal was assisted by Will Corrigan and it gave the Irish their largest lead of the game (11-7). Providence's Weber found the back of the cage at the 5:45 mark, unassisted, to make the score 10-7.
At that point, Notre Dame went on another three-goal run to take a 13-7 advantage. Each of the three goals came during a span of 1:36, and gave control of the game to the Irish. Weber halted the run with his second goal of the game, and 21st of the season, with just three seconds remaining on the clock.
Friar goaltender Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) recorded 13 saves in the loss. Jack Kemp stopped nine shots in goal for Notre Dame to take the victory.
Notre Dame finished the game with a 43-29 advantage in shots and a 37-27 edge in groundballs. The Irish dominated the face-off "X", winning 20-of-24 face-off opportunities during the game. The Irish also converted on 2-3 man-up opportunities, while the Friars finished the game, 0-3.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, April 13 against Holy Cross. The game will be played at 6:00 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.
Providence College Head Coach - Chris Gabrielli
"There are no moral victories. We are not pleased with the outcome but are proud of the effort that we put forth and the direction that we are headed in for our final four games of the season."
"Today we competed the hardest that we have all season. Despite the imbalance in face-offs, our defense played really well, we made big saves and were efficient with our clears. Our offense was patient and worked great opportunities. We were able to get our transitional play going and today we got back to who we are and where we want to be."
"Mike Noyes is the heart and soul of this team. He brought it all week in practice and has done so all year for us. His passion on the defensive end became contagious today."
"At our final timeout we pulled the guys in and said we will lose this game but it would be a tremendous statement for our drive and expectations for the rest of the season if we could figure out a way to score a goal in the remaining 11 seconds. JT Weber found a way to make it happen. He beat his defender and did exactly what we were hoping for. He and the rest of the senior class have been tremendous leaders for us this season."
"Jack Connelly played great today. Jack did not play great on Tuesday night against Yale but did play well against Rutgers. Like most freshman he has seen his ups and downs. Today Notre Dame got off a lot of low angled shots and Jack came up with some great saves to keep us in the game."
"Jake Newman has found a nice role for himself. He began to make a presence in our game versus Georgetown and he has worked his way into getting time in on the wings as well as at face-offs."