March 6, 2011

Friars Beat Blue Hose in Battle of PCs

from press release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College lacrosse team improved to 2-0 on the season, taking a 6-5 win from Presbyterian College (1-4) on Sunday, March 6, at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Freshman Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) put together a five-point performance, recording a goal and four assists. The Friars also got single goals from senior Evan Helda (Charlotte, Mass.), freshman Bryan Annecchino (Darien, Conn.), sophomore Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), sophomore JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) and junior Pete Wujciak (Essex Falls, N.J.).

In the cage, junior goalie Christian Dzwilewski (Huntington, N.Y.) improved to 2-0 on the season, making seven saves and allowing five goals while playing all 60 minutes. Tyler Melnyk and Imari Davis each recorded a pair of goals for the Blue Hose. Jon Athens was solid in the cage, making 14 saves while allowing 6 goals.

The Friars had lots of opportunities in the first half, but only notched one goal on 17 shots and trailed 3-1 at halftime. The offense got rolling in the third quarter, as the Friars outscored Presbyterian, 3-0 in the period. Textor started the run, scoring on a man-up opportunity just 17 seconds into the quarter. Annecchino tied the game at 3-3 with 3:30 remaining, before Helda put the Friars up, 4-3, just 38 seconds later.

The fourth quarter saw the Friars increase the lead to 5-3 just 49 seconds into the period, when Wujciak found the back of the cage. The Blue Hose got consecutive goals from Melnyk to tie the game at 5-5 with just over five minutes left, setting the stage for Weber, who connected for the game-winner with just 1:10 remaining in the game.

Freshman Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) again provided a solid day on faceoffs, winning 10-of-13 draws and picking up the ground ball off all 10 wins. Sophomore Billy Falatko (Silver Spring, Md.) led the way defensively, causing two Blue Hose turnovers.

The Friars return to the field on Saturday, March 12, when they host Quinnipaic. The game will get underway at 2:00 p.m. at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.


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