Second-Ranked Denver Beats PC Men’s Lacrosse On Senior Day

Providence College Press Release

Providence, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team was defeated by No. 2 Denver, 17-7, today (April 23). Prior to the game, the grand opening dedication ceremony for Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium took place, as well as senior day. The five graduating seniors of the 2016 class, including Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Michael Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Nolan Fillet (Rockville, Md.), Brendon McGuire (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.), were honored for their contributions to the program.

The Pioneers were the first to get on the board within the first minute of play (14:01). Denver tallied another goal at 12:04 to give themselves a two-goal lead.

At 8:53 in the first quarter, Mazzone registered the Friars first goal of the game in front of a raucous crowd to make the score 2-1. Mazzone was assisted by Perettine.

Dylan Johnson of Denver was able to find the back of the net at 6:50 to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead.

Freshman Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) tallied his first goal of the game at 4:04 in the first quarter to make it a one-goal game (3-2).

At 2:07, Mazzone rushed toward the goal from behind and jumped over the defender to find the back of the net to get the equalizer (3-3) for Providence.

Opening the second quarter the Pioneers’ Colton Jackson tallied a goal to regain the lead for Denver (4-3).

Perettine then responded at 12:34 to tie the match up (4-4) for the second time in the game.

The Pioneer’s collected two unanswered goals at 11:32 and 10:15 in the second quarter to regain the lead and then extend it (6-4).

Mazzone continued his scoring efforts with a goal at 2:18 left in the half off a feed from Kearns to give him a hat trick. At the half, the Friars went into the locker room down one goal against the nationally ranked Pioneers (5-6).

Denver opened the second half of the game with seven unanswered goals at 13:37, 11:57 and 7:19 in the third quarter, and 14:26, 14:11, 10:16 and 8:57 in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 13-5.

At 5:49 remaining the fourth quarter, Blair ended the Pioneer’s seven-goal scoring streak to close the gap to 13-6 for the Friars. Blair was assisted by Kearns.

Kearns followed that up with a goal of his own off a feed from Mazzone to make the score 13-7.

Denver responded with four goals to close out the game with 17-7 Pioneer win.

For the game, freshman Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) tallied five saves in net for Providence, while Denver’s Alex Ready recorded 12 saves. Junior Jimmy Cunningham (Syracuse, N.Y.) collected a game-high four ground balls.

“We played even with the No. 2 team in the country for three quarters, but that was obviously not enough at this level,” said head coach Chris Gabrielli. “We generated 43 shots despite their face-off dominance because we got stops and cleared the ball well. I thought we were very efficient offensively, and overall we had just eight turnovers, which is a season low.”

“Our five seniors played well in their final game at PC. This group has helped transition our program to another level as we have entered a new era of commitment and expectation. They will be missed.”

The Friars will return to action on Saturday, April 30 for their final game of the regular season at No. 18 Villanova at 1:00 p.m.