PC Wins Ocean State Cup Matchup With Bryant

The Providence College men’s lacrosse team topped the Bryant Bulldogs, 16-9, on Saturday, Feb. 15 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. The Friars improved their record to 3-0 on the season, while Bryant moved to 0-2. This marked the first 3-0 start for the squad since the 2013 season.

First Quarter:
• Matt Grillo (Setauket, N.Y.) put the Friars on the board. The Friars led 1-0 after 49 seconds of play.
• Bryant tied it up with a goal from Jake Bunoaiuto a little over a minute later. Providence’s Ryan Zimmerman (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the season to put the Friars up yet again. The score was 2-1 with 12:57 left in the first.
• John Hoffman (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) joined in on the scoring to extend the Friars lead. Providence led 4-1 with 8:21 left in the quarter.
• The Friars struck again on a goal from Luke O’Grady (Wayne, Pa.). He was assisted by Grillo on the play.
• With under two minutes to play, Dan Axelson (Cohasset, Mass.) got a clear shot at the net and scored. Grillo assisted on the play and the Friars lead increased, 6-1.
• Six different Friars scored in the opening quarter of the game.
• Providence held the shot advantage, 11-9, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal.
• The Friars had the lead 6-1 at the end of the first.

Second Quarter:
• Bryant scored the first three goals of the second quarter after just 2:30 minutes of play. The score was 6-4.
• Grillo ended the Bulldogs run and scored his tenth goal of the season. The score was 7-4 with 11:30 left to play in the quarter.
• Providence had a man-up opportunity where Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown N.Y.) found the back of net on his first goal of the season. The Friars led 8-4.
• Nawrocki and Grillo both converted in less than 1:30 minutes of play. The score was 10-4 with 5:03 left in the second.
• Bryant scored their fourth goal of the quarter, but the Friars were able to answer in the final minute of the game. Hoffman took advantage of the open field and sent a dagger past the goalie to give the Friars an 11-5 lead.
• Providence outshot Bryant, 13-7, and held the advantage, 16-5, in groundballs.
• The Friars entered halftime with a 11-5 advantage.

Third Quarter:
• After 29 seconds into the third, Nawrocki fed Leahey who found the back of the net for his second goal of the game.
• In just under two minutes, the Bulldogs were able to answer with two goals of their own. The score was 12-7 with 10:29 left in the third.
• Providence scored their second goal of the season with 2:18 left on the clock. Axelson scored his second goal of the game from Leahey.
• Both teams had two goals in the quarter. The score was 13-7.

Fourth Quarter
• Leahey recorded his first hat-trick of the season on a goal after 1:12 minutes of play in the fourth. He was assisted by Nawrocki which marked his third of the game.
• Bryant got their first goal of the quarter with 12:12 on the clock. The Friars still had a large cushion with a 14-8 lead.
• The Bulldogs found the back of the net again with 7:17 left to play in regulation. The score was 14-9.
• Tim Hinrichs (Amherst, N.H.) and Evan McGreen (Narragansett, RI.) were the eighth and ninth Friars to score on the afternoon. They were unassisted on their goals. The score was a 16-9 Providence lead with just under five minutes to play.
• Providence took the win 16-9. Toby Burgdorf (Westfield, N.J.) made seven saves in the fourth compared to Bryant’s two. Both Providence and Bryant took 13 shots in the quarter and the Friars had the advantage in groundballs, 11-7.

Game Notes:
• Burgdorf recorded a career-high 15 saves on the afternoon for his third career win.
• Three Friars recorded five points on the day. Grillo recorded three goals and two assists. Leahey and Nawrocki tied their career-highs in points. Leahey had three goals and two assists while Nawrocki had two goals and three assists.
• The Friars had nine different scorers contribute on the win. Hoffman and Axelson scored two goals each.
• Emmett Jenning (Fair Haven, N.J.) led the Friars with six ground balls. The Friars had the advantage 44-23 in groundballs on the afternoon.
• Toby Burgdorf (Westfield, N.J.) had a career high 13 saves for his second career win.
• The series is now tied at 8-8.

Goalkeeping:
PC– Toby Burgdorf – 15 saves, 9 goals against, .625 save percentage
BU– Luke Caracciolo – 10 saves, 16 goals against, .385 save percentage

Face-offs:
PC- 16-29
BU- 13-29

Extra-Man Opportunities:
PC- 1-3
BU- 1-6
Groundballs:
PC- 44
BU- 23

Caused Turnovers:
PC- 9
BU- 6

What’s Next: The Friars travel to Saint Joseph’s University on Saturday, Feb. 22 for their fourth game of the season. The game is set for 1:00 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa. Providence leads the series 11-6.

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