Mount Saint Mary's vs. Providence
April 11, 2009
The Game Story:
Emmitsburg, Md. (April 11, 2009)--Mount St. Mary's toppled Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Leader Providence, 7-5, in men's lacrosse action at Waldron Family Stadium on campus on Saturday afternoon. Junior Jim O'Shea (Rockville Center, N.Y./Chaminade) posted two goals and an assist to pace the Mount in the victory.

The Mount scored twice in a span of 28 seconds in the first quarter to take a 2-0 advantage. Eric Ososki (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) scored his first collegiate goal on an assist from O'Shea to open the scoring in the game. Just 28 seconds later, freshman Cody Lehrer (Baltimore, Md./Dulaney) notched his seventh goal of the year to push the Mount's lead to two.

The score remained that way until Providence's Colin Tigh beat Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) 43 seconds into the second quarter to cut the Mount's lead in half. Senior Geery Grant (Blue Point, N.Y./Chaminade) countered that score with his fourth goal of the year on a pass from Ososki with 3:19 left in the half to give the Mount a 3-1 halftime advantage.

Mount St. Mary's (2-7, 2-2 MAAC) held an 18-to-7 advantage in shots in the opening half and a 15-to-9 margin in ground balls.

The Mount added to its lead just 51 seconds into the second half when Ososki found a wide-open Christian Kellett (Audubon, Pa./Malvern Prep), who buried his seventh goal of the year to give the Mount a 4-1 lead. Tigh notched his second goal of the game with 5:07 left in the third quarter to make the score 4-2, but defender Matt Nealis (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) completed an end-to-end rush with his second goal of the year for a 5-2 Mount lead after three quarters of play.

O'Shea's first goal of the game gave the Mount a four-goal advantage, 6-2, with 11:26 left in the contest, but the Friars (5-6, 4-1 MAAC) were able to rally. Jackson Fallon scored twice and assisted on a Bobby Labadini goal to cut the Mount's advantage to 6-5 with 2:35 left in the game.

The Friars forced a Mount turnover with 1:30 left in the game, but turned the ball over in front of the Mount cage with 1:00 on the clock. The Mount was forced out of bounds on the ensuing possession, but the Friars handed the ball right back with just under 50 seconds left. The Mount then sealed the win on O'Shea's second goal of the game when he converted a Jonny Lefferts (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) pass into a wide-open net to make the score 7-5.

The Mount held a 29-to-26 advantage in shots in the game while the Friars posted a 30-to-28 margin in ground balls. Mount goalkeeper DiBartolo made seven saves in the game while counterpart Robert Bryan made 12 saves in the game.

O'Shea tallied two goals and an assist for his first multiple-point game of the year while Ososki finished with a goal and two assists in the victory. Brendan Harrison (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) picked up a team-high five ground balls for the Mount.

Fallon and Tigh each had two goals and an assist in the loss for Providence. Ryan Riedl tallied a game-high six ground balls in the game for the Friars.

Providence falls to third place in the MAAC with the loss behind leaders Siena (4-0) and Marist (4-0). The Mount is tied for fourth with Manhattan (2-2) with Saint Joseph’s (2-3) and Canisius (2-3) right behind. The top four teams qualify for the MAAC Tournament.

The Mount returns to action on Wednesday, April 15, when Saint Joseph's visits for a 4:00 p.m. game at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.