The Providence College men’s lacrosse team, in their first year under their new Head Coach, Chris Gabrielli, are taking the D1 lacrosse ranks by storm, and have now accumulated an impressive five wins, without a single loss. Their most recent came over a previously undefeated Quinnipiac program, which had seen time in the Top 20 Polls the week before.
As you can see from the photos, the conditions at the game were terrible:
Photo Credit: Greg Vasil (http://www.gregoryvasilphotography.com) great job in tough weather!
Providence went up 4-2 after one quarter of play, but the Bobcats battled back, tightening the game to a 7-6 Providence advantage at the half. In the third, Quinnipiac turned it on, outscoring the Friars 5-3, to take an 11-10 lead into the all important fourth. In the final and deciding quarter, Providence outpaced Quinnipiac by a 3-1 margin to mount the game’s final comeback, and win 13-12.
Robert Sheehan netted the game winner on his only shot of the game. Talk about an opportune time to step up and put one away. Andrew Barton had the assist on the game winner, which was his third of the day, and fourth point. JT Weber went off for Providence, notching three goals and three assists, while Sean Wright notched 4 goals on 8 shots, 6 of which were on cage.
Mike Sagl led the way for the home team, and managed three goals and two assists for Quinnipiac. Basil Kostaras and Matt Diehl each had two goals for the Bobcats. Gil Conners made ten saves in the loss, while Providence’s Jack Connelly made 4 stops for the win.
As I said in my preview, if this game got fast, it was going to be to Providence’s advantage. They’re playing up tempo lacrosse, and they think they have the personnel to pull it off. Against an already good and improving Quinnipiac team, they imposed their will, and made it their type of game. Maybe that assessment isn’t too far off!
Look for Providence’s game against Georgetown, and Quinnipiac’s game against Hartford, later this week as further proof that these programs have both arrived, and should no longer be disparagingly dismissed as “second tier programs”.